Welcome to Breaking Orbit, a new blog about planetary science, space exploration, and technology brought to you by National Geographic News.
Voyager 1 image of Saturn and some of its moons, courtesy NASA
When I joined National Geographic in 2005, the society was in the process of shifting perspectives. Since its foundation in 1888, the stated mission has been “to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical, and natural resources.”
But in the fast-paced world of the Web, who has time for such a mouthful? So today NatGeo backs up its mission with a more concise and elegant tagline: Inspiring People to Care About the Planet. That pretty much says it all… or does it?
NatGeo has a rich history of covering lots more than just Earth. There’s a whole solar system of planets out there, not to mention dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, meteors, and the growing roster of extrasolar planets circling distant suns.
That’s where we come in. The mission of this blog is to boldly go where no other NatGeo blog has gone before, to increase and diffuse extraterrestrial knowledge while promoting the exploration of all worlds’ cultural, historical, and natural resources.
In other words, to inspire people to care about other planets.