April 2020 • Issue 160

Featured Story

Introduction Over a period of only 41 months from July 16, 1969, to December 19, 1972, six human missions landed on the Moon as part of the Apollo program. During this very short period, human activity and capability expanded for each mission on the lunar surface. For example, during Apollo 11 astronauts carried out one extravehicular activity (EVA) that […]  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

I am writing this in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and our ongoing “social distancing” efforts. Rather than focus on how the pandemic is affecting NASA’s activities and the Planetary Science Division’s work, I instead want to take this opportunity to pause for thought amidst the chaos. It is by now obvious that 2020 […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

University of Arizona Press, 2020, 504 pp., Hardcover. $75.00. Are we alone in the universe? How did life arise on our planet? How do we search for life beyond Earth? These profound questions excite and intrigue broad cross sections of science and society. Answering these questions is the province of the emerging, strongly interdisciplinary […]   (read more…)
Cambridge University Press, 2020, 342 pp., Hardcover. $79.99. Concise and self-contained, this textbook gives a graduate-level introduction to the physical processes that shape planetary systems, covering all stages of planet formation. Writing for readers with undergraduate backgrounds in physics, astronomy, and planetary science, Armitage begins with a description of the structure and evolution of […]   (read more…)