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The Planetary Exploration Newsletter (PEN) was first distributed on May 24, 2007.

PEN provides an open conduit of news and announcements across the professional community of planetary science and related disciplines. It distributes messages from NASA officials, meeting announcements, job announcements, and your submissions of news regarding or impacting Solar System exploration, upcoming mission events, policy issues, and editorials. PEN is distributed nominally once a week. There will be times when volume or events will require more frequent PEN distributions.

The PEN website also hosts the most extensive and up to date calendar for planetary meetings, conferences and workshops around the world.

On March 23, 2020, PEN entered into an agreement with the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society to carry a weekly listing of new articles published in the new Planetary Science Journal, with direct links to each paper.

Current Editorial Staff:

2007-Present, Mark V. Sykes (sykes@psi.edu)
2021-Present, Alex Morgan (amorgan@psi.edu)
2022-Present, Matthew Perry (mperry@psi.edu)

Past Editorial Staff:

2019-2022, Georgiana Kramer
2017-2021, Elisabeth Adams
2016-2019, Karen Stockstill-Cahill
2010-2017, Susan Benecchi
2009-2016, Melissa Lane
2007-2010, Nic Richmond
2007-2009, Matt Balme

Publishing History

2022, Vol.16, 53 issues
2021, Vol.15, 53 issues
2020, Vol.14, 53 issues
2019, Vol.13, 56 issues
2018, Vol.12, 55 issues
2017, Vol.11, 54 issues
2016, Vol.10, 53 issues
2015, Vol.9, 52 issues
2014, Vol.8, 59 issues
2013, Vol.7, 63 issues
2012, Vol.6, 58 issues
2011, Vol.5, 58 issues
2010, Vol.4, 56 issues
2009, Vol.3, 62 issues
2008, Vol.2, 62 issues
2007, Vol.1, 37 issues

PEN is a service to the planetary community provided by the Planetary Science Institute using no NASA funds. All editorial work is volunteer.