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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 Statement on NASA’s Intentions to Pursue a Sample Return Mission from Mars (August 29, 2017)

The Planetary Society is greatly encouraged by today’s statements by Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, regarding NASA’s plans for a Mars sample return mission in the 2020s.

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye Releases Statement on Total Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2017)

Planetary CEO Bill Nye issued the following statement from Homestead National Monument to celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse.

Bill Nye, National Park Service & Science Experts Host North American Eclipse Press Conference (August 14, 2017)

Bill Nye (The Science Guy™), Planetary Society CEO, will join U.S. National Park Rangers, Junior Rangers and NASA space science experts at Homestead National Monument of America to celebrate and educate audiences during the North American Eclipse.

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Recent Blogs

ESA to Launch Comet Interceptor Mission in 2028

Emily Lakdawalla • June 21, 2019

With Comet Interceptor, ESA plans to meet a comet on its first trip into the inner solar system. The mission was selected yesterday after a fast-track proposal process and will be developed on a rapid (for ESA) timeline, with a launch planned for 2028.

Here's Our First Look at LightSail 2 Installed on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket

Jason Davis • June 19, 2019

LightSail 2 is one of 24 spacecraft hitching a ride to orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.

OSIRIS-REx Sets Low-Orbit Record, Enters New Orbital B Mission Phase

Emily Lakdawalla • June 19, 2019

Last week, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission announced that they had achieved an orbit above asteroid Bennu with an altitude of only 680 meters. Now they are surveying for landing sites and have invited the public's help.

What to Expect when LightSail 2 Launches into Space

Jason Davis • June 17, 2019

Our preview guide outlines the LightSail 2 mission from start to finish.

Reconstructing the Cost of the One Giant Leap

Casey Dreier • June 16, 2019

How much did Project Apollo cost? Planetary Society experts answered that question by revisiting primary sources and reconstructing Apollo's entire cost history from 1960 - 1973.

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