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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

Planetary Society-funded Technology Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight (July 11, 2019)

PlanetVac, a Planetary Society-funded technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.

The Planetary Society Celebrates Launch of LightSail 2 (June 25, 2019)

LightSail 2 is officially in space! The Planetary Society's solar sail CubeSat lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 25 June at 02:30 EDT (06:30 UTC). The late-night launch came courtesy of SpaceX's triple-booster Falcon Heavy rocket, which was carrying 24 spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.

Media Invited to LightSail 2 Press Teleconference with Bill Nye and Mission Team (June 17, 2019)

The Planetary Society will send a crowdfunded spacecraft called LightSail 2 on a historic mission to demonstrate solar sailing around the Earth on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch.

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Recent Blogs

What the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact Taught Us

Heidi Hammel • July 15, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, multiple fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, changing the face of the planet and the course of planetary science.

Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Andrew Jones • July 11, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.

Planetary Society-funded Technology Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight

Jason Davis • July 11, 2019

PlanetVac, a technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.

LightSail 2 Team to Conduct More Testing before Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 09, 2019

Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.

What to Expect when Chandrayaan-2 Launches to and Lands on the Moon

Sridhar Narayanan • July 08, 2019

Liftoff is scheduled for 14 July 2019 at 21:21 UTC (15 July 2019 at 02:51 IST local time), atop a GSLV-MKIII rocket from India.

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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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The Planetary Society's Shoemaker NEO Grant program helps astronomers find, track and characterize near-Earth objects.

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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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