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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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Press Releases/Media Alerts

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light (July 31, 2019)

The Planetary Society's crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is successfully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

The Planetary Society to Announce Major Solar Sailing Milestone (July 30, 2019)

The Planetary Society will make a major announcement about its crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 during a media teleconference.

Media Advisory: LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail (July 24, 2019)

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has successfully deployed the large, aluminized Mylar sail it will use to raise its orbit solely with sunlight.

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Recent Blogs

LightSail 2 Marks 1 Month of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 23, 2019

LightSail 2's orbital high point around the Earth has raised by 7.2 kilometers, without any conventional fuel.

Is a $2 Billion Prize for Landing on the Moon a Good Idea?

Casey Dreier • August 23, 2019

Though prize incentives can be useful for certain problems, huge cash payouts for human spaceflight are not good policy.

Mars 2020 Rover almost Assembled

Jason Davis • August 22, 2019

Last week, technicians installed the carousel that holds the tools and drill bits that will be used to collect samples for future return to Earth.

Chandrayaan-2 Enters Lunar Orbit

Jason Davis • August 20, 2019

The combination lander, rover, and orbiter fired its main engine to enter orbit around the Moon at 09:02 IST (03:32 UTC) on 20 August.

OSIRIS-REx Team Picks 4 Candidate Sample Sites on Asteroid Bennu

Jason Davis • August 15, 2019

The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.

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CubeSats have made low-cost space missions a reality for universities and research groups. However, these tiny satellites lack propulsion. LightSail will demonstrate the viability of solar sailing for CubeSats.

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Planetary Deep Drill is designed to explore tens, hundreds or even thousands of meters below the Martian polar ice caps and Europa's icy crust.

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