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Press Room

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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For more information on any of these releases, contact Erin Greeson at 626-793-5100 or via email at erin.greeson@planetary.org.

LightSail-1 on NASA Short List for Upcoming Launch (February 9, 2011)

NASA announced this week that the Planetary Society�s LightSail-1 solar sail mission is on their short list for upcoming launch opportunities. The missions selected are Cubesats destined for piggyback launches as part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

Bill Nye Thanks Kepler Team for Planetary Bonanza (February 2, 2011)

NASA announced today that the Kepler mission has discovered an astounding number of new potential planets -- over 1000 worlds, 54 of them in solar system regions where liquid water might exist.

Measure Stardust's Journey (February 1, 2011)

NASA's Stardust spacecraft will fly past Comet Tempel 1 on February 15 (4:00 UTC), which will be February 14 here in the United States. Stardust left Earth 12 years ago, an odyssey that has carried it past a comet, back to Earth, and on a course to a second comet under a new name � Stardust-NExT (New Exploration of Tempel 1).

Planetary Society Congratulates NanoSail-D Team (January 21, 2011)

NASA has now confirmed that their NanoSail-D satellite has deployed its 100-square-foot sail in low-Earth orbit.

Planetary Society Statement Regarding Representative Giffords (January 10, 2011)

The Planetary Society offers a statement regarding the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

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