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Welcome to the The Planetary Society's Press Room.

Here you'll find the latest information about Society events, programs, personalities, and other news about the exploration of the universe.

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Honeybee Robotics Begins Field Testing Planetary Deep Drill System (November 18, 2015)

Honeybee Robotics is beginning a new phase of development of its Planetary Deep Drill, a lightweight and portable drill designed eventually to reach kilometers below the surface of icy formations in the Martian polar caps, Enceladus, or Europa.

Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, & Fans Celebrate Past & Future of Space Exploration at Planetary Society’s 35th Anniversary (October 24, 2015)

Closing out The Planetary Society's 35th Anniversary celebration in Pasadena, melodysheep's new Symphony of Science music video, "Beyond the Horizon," echoed the night's theme: there's more to explore. The event celebrated past visionaries, present leaders and the role new generations play in planetary science discoveries.

Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, & Space Stars Gather for Celebration of Planetary Society’s 35th Anniversary (October 12, 2015)

Daylong Celebration to Include Building Dedication, Family Space Fair & Ticketed Evening Party for Public.

The Planetary Society Releases “Humans Orbiting Mars” Workshop Report (September 29, 2015)

The Planetary Society has released a report on its ”Humans Orbiting Mars” workshop, which it held in the Spring of 2015. The workshop brought together representatives from NASA, the scientific community, industry, and government to explore a sustainable and affordable path forward for NASA’s human exploration program.

LightSail™ Test Flight Named Mission of the Year at SmallSat Conference (August 13, 2015)

At the 29th annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/Utah State University (USU) Conference on Small Satellites, The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail spacecraft test mission (LightSail A) was named Mission of the Year.

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