April 2022 • Issue 168

Featured Story

Programs to engage audiences in planetary science have changed significantly over the past 10 years. Many new NASA programs exist that need the participation of the planetary science community! Education or Public Engagement? NASA Science-funded missions and instruments allow for public outreach and engagement under the “public communications” umbrella. Public engagement programs are conducted by NASA […]  (read more…)

From the Desk of Lori Glaze

As I write, like the rest of the planetary science community, I am eagerly awaiting receipt of the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey for 2023–2032. I am truly excited to see the Survey’s recommendations, but whatever the recommendations, I know for sure that the Moon is looming ever larger on our horizon as we […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

World Scientific, 2021, 194 pp., Hardcover. $88.00. Thanks to NASA’s Dawn mission, the last half-decade has witnessed a significant advance in our understanding of Ceres. The largest object between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, Ceres is the most water-rich body in the inner solar system after Earth and shows evidence of brine-driven activity […]   (read more…)
W. W. Norton & Company, 2021, 336 pp., Hardcover. $27.95. Volcanoes are capable of acts of pyrotechnical prowess verging on magic: they spout black magma more fluid than water, create shimmering cities of glass at the bottom of the ocean and frozen lakes of lava on the moon, and can even tip over entire […]   (read more…)