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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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To join our media list, or for more information about our news, please contact Danielle Gunn at [email protected] or 626-793-5100.

Press Releases/Media Alerts

Media Advisory: LightSail 2 Will Attempt Solar Sail Deployment on Tuesday, July 23 (July 19, 2019)

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft is almost ready to go solar sailing!

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.

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Recent Blogs

Chandrayaan-2 Launches for the Moon

Jatan Mehta • July 22, 2019

Liftoff atop the country’s GSLV Mk III rocket occurred on 22 July at 14:43 IST (09:13 UTC).

Live Coverage: LightSail 2 Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).

LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 17, 2019

Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.

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.

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Current Projects

LightSail

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.

Shoemaker NEO Grant Program

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

Planetary Deep Drill

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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