July 2021 • Issue 165

Featured Story

For nearly six decades, Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico served as a scientific leader at the forefront of space and atmospheric sciences, radio astronomy, and planetary radar astronomy, as a marvel of science and engineering, as a source of inspiration, and as a cornerstone of the local community and the island itself. In the late […]  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

Back in 2018, before I came to NASA Headquarters as the Planetary Science Division Director, I gave a talk at the 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference titled “Exploring Venus:  Never Give Up, Never Surrender,” where I laid out the scientific case and mission needs for renewed exploration of Venus in the twenty-first century. It […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

University of Arizona Press, 2021, 926 pp., Hardcover. $65.00. In the decades following Voyager mission, a mission to the Pluto system was not only imagined but also achieved, culminating with the historic 2015 flyby by the New Horizons spacecraft. Pluto and its satellite system (“the Pluto system”), including its largest moon, Charon, have been revealed to […]   (read more…)
Firefly Books, 2021, 416 pp., Hardcover. $49.95. This classic, groundbreaking guide has been the go-to field guide for both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers for nearly 30 years. The fourth edition brings Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer’s invaluable manual completely up to date. Setting a new standard for astronomy guides, it will serve as […]   (read more…)