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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.

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Press Releases/Media Alerts

Akatsuki Mission Statement (December 7, 2010)

JAXA, Japan�s space agency, has announced that their mission to Venus, Akatsuki, did not succeed in entering orbit as planned on December 6.

What's Up with Arsenic in Deep Space? (December 2, 2010)

NASA's announcement today of the discovery of bacteria from Mono Lake, California, that can use arsenic in its body instead of being poisoned by it, is significant to the search for life on other worlds.

Good Luck, Nanosail-D! (November 18, 2010)

NASA's Nanosail-D is scheduled to launch tomorrow, and the Planetary Society wishes the mission every success.

Planetary Society Says Bravo to Hayabusa's Return of Asteroid Particles (November 16, 2010)

The Planetary Society congratulates the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on the successful capture of asteroid dust grains by their Hayabusa mission.

The Planetary Society and Unmanned Spaceflight Join Forces (October 5, 2010)

It's a match made in the heavens -- the Planetary Society is joining forces with UnmannedSpaceflight.com (UMSF) to provide financial support for the renowned amateur space imaging website. The Planetary Society will host a gallery of amateur-processed photos.

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