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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

Wish Ray Bradbury a Happy 90th Birthday (July 21, 2010)

Earth's foremost Martian, Ray Bradbury, turns 90 on August 22, 2010, and you can help him celebrate by sending a personal birthday message.

Where Should We Go in Space? Tell Bill Nye During a Live Ustream Chat (July 12, 2010)

"Tell us where you want to go in space!" said Bill Nye, slated to take the reins as the Planetary Society's new executive director.

Bill Nye Signs on as Planetary Society's New Executive Director (June 7, 2010)

Bill Nye the Science Guy® will take the helm as the new Executive Director of the Planetary Society.

Planetary Society Hails Falcon 9 Test as Great Achievement (June 4, 2010)

The Planetary Society issued a statement congratulating SpaceX on the test flight of Falcon 9.

Planetary Society Joins Forces with Space and Science Organizations to Support NASA 2011 Budget Proposal (May 20, 2010)

The Planetary Society has joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Astronomical Society, the Universities Space Research Association and other groups to support the NASA budget proposal for fiscal year 2011.

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Shoemaker Near-Earth Object Grant Program

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Planetary Deep Drill

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