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Bill Nye to Receive National NASA Space Grant Distinguished Service Award (March 2, 2016)

Bill Nye will receive the prestigious Award for his contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education on March 4, 2016 at the Westin Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

OK Go & Planetary Society Partner for “Upside Down and Inside Out” Music Video Release (February 12, 2016)

OK Go -- the band celebrated worldwide for melding music, technology and creativity -- is partnering with The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-profit space interest group, as the band today unveils its anticipated latest video, “Upside Down and Inside Out.”

The Planetary Society Encouraged by U.S. FY2017 Budget Request for NASA, Supports Continued Growth (December 16, 2015)

In response to U.S. President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request, The Planetary Society issued statements from Bill Nye, CEO, and Casey Dreier, director of space policy.

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Recent Blogs

NASA just got its best budget in a decade

Casey Dreier • February 15, 2019

After months of unrelated political turmoil, multiple stop-gap spending bills, and an unprecedented government shutdown, NASA's 2019 budget was finally signed into law.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: NASA Declares Opportunity and MER Mission “Complete”

A.J.S. Rayl • February 14, 2019

At around 8 pm February 12, 2019, Pacific Standard Time (PST), the final commands were transmitted to Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover that defied all odds.

Planetary Radio: 10 Must-Listen Episodes About Space Exploration

MaryLiz Bender • February 13, 2019

The Planetary Society staff has selected our top ten favorite episodes of Planetary Radio. Listen now.

Touchdown for InSight's Heat Probe

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2019

InSight has gone two for two, placing the second of its instruments gently on the Martian ground.

Looking Back at MU69

Emily Lakdawalla • February 08, 2019

A crescent view of MU69 reveals its bizarre shape. Let's look at lots of other fun-shaped space crescents.

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