July 18, 2024
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The latest Planetary Report is here. He March Equinox Edition of our quarterly member magazine covers solar eclipses, including the total solar eclipse that will pass over North America on April 8. You'll read about why solar eclipses are a rare phenomenon in the cosmic context, the science they enable, how to best enjoy them, and more. Members receive the magazine at their doors, but everyone can read it online for free. Pictured: A total solar eclipse seen from a boat in the mid-Atlantic. Image credit: Tyler Nordgren.

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The Red Rover Goes to Mars program had a huge impact. Twenty years ago, the Planetary Society program sent students to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to work on the Mars Exploration Rovers program. One of these students, Abigail Fraeman, was so inspired that she decided to pursue a career in space. Now, 20 years later, she is the deputy project scientist for the Curiosity mission. Learn more about its history and how the exploration of Mars has inspired other children.

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What is it like to be an eclipse chaser? In This week's Planetary Radio We asked Jim Bell, a professor at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration and former president of the Planetary Society Board of Directors, who has taken many eclipse-seeking trips around the world. He will also hear from The Planetary Society's space policy experts, Casey Dreier and Jack Kiraly, about what the President's recent budget proposal means for NASA's future funding and projects.

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Action Day is six weeks away! In April 28 and 29Members of the Planetary Society will gather in Washington, DC, to meet with their Congressional representatives and take direct action to support planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life. Register by April 15 to reserve your spot!

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