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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.

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

Japan to Launch Mission to Venus and Solar Sail on Monday (May 14, 2010)

Japan's AKATSUKI mission -- the Venus Climate Orbiter -- will launch Monday, May 17 along with the IKAROS solar sail.

Planetary Society Submits Statement of Support for New NASA Plan to Senate Subcommittee (April 21, 2010)

"We urge Congress to support the Administration's plan for NASA," says The Planetary Society in a statement to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, Justice and Related Agencies of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Planetary Society Participates in President Obama's Florida Space Conference (April 14, 2010)

A strong contingent of Planetary Society board members will participate in President Obama's April 15th Space Conference in Florida.

Planetary Society Offers Funding to International Asteroid-Tracking Community (March 17, 2010)

To find and track near-Earth objects (NEOs) to determine which -- if any -- pose a threat to our world, The Planetary Society has issued a call for new proposals for its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants.

Stephen Hawking to Accept Cosmos Award in Cambridge, England (February 24, 2010)

The Planetary Society has named physicist Stephen Hawking the next recipient of the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

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