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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

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statement on NASA's Supplemental Budget Request (May 17, 2019)

The Planetary Society statement regarding NASA’s FY 2020 supplemental budget request.

Public Invited to Help Name the Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System (April 9, 2019)

It’s time to give 2007 OR10 a name. We’re asking for your help to pick a suitable name for 2007 OR10 to submit to the International Astronomical Union.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statement on the FY 2020 NASA Budget Request (March 11, 2019)

This budget proposal, while an improvement compared to previous years, would cut nearly half a billion dollars from NASA. This is the wrong way to kick off an otherwise promising era of discovery and exploration in the next decade.

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Recent Blogs

LightSail Launch Event

Richard Chute • May 21, 2019

LightSail 2’s launch window opens on June 22, and we are finalizing plans for our launch viewing celebrations. Once we have finished coordinating the details with the Air Force’s STP-2 mission team and the Kennedy Space Center, we will share them with all of our members and backers so that you can join us in person or remotely via the internet.

Hayabusa2 Encounters Snag Trying to Drop Second Target Marker

Jason Davis • May 21, 2019

The spacecraft is healthy and safe, but time is running out to collect a second sample from asteroid Ryugu.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Images Beresheet Impact Site

Emily Lakdawalla • May 16, 2019

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully imaged the impact site of the Beresheet lander, which made a really good run at performing the first privately funded Moon landing on 11 April, but crashed after the failure of its main engine.

Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle

Andrew Jones • May 15, 2019

The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which suggests it has discovered material derived from the Moon’s mantle.

Here's a Roundup of Recent OSIRIS-REx Postcards from Bennu

Jason Davis • May 15, 2019

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently sweeping arcs between the asteroid's north and south poles.

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