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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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For more information on any of these releases, contact Erin Greeson at 626-793-5100 or via email at

Global Economic Crisis Accentuates Need for Science, Earth Observations and Space Programs to Create a Positive Future (October 21, 2008)

The Planetary Society’s Board of Directors believes that it is vital not to lose sight of the importance and long-term economic benefit of maintaining a strong commitment to scientific research, including space exploration.

Save a Telescope, Save the Planet! (June 30, 2008)

The Planetary Society joined with US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, 46th District of California, to call for greater support for near-Earth object research and continued funding of the Arecibo radiotelescope to track potentially threatening objects in space.

Target Earth: How Prepared Are We? (June 26, 2008)

The dangers our planet faces from near-Earth objects (NEOs) are the focus of The Planetary Society's new program, Target Earth.

Earth from Space: The Planetary Society Urges Stepped-Up Monitoring of Our Home Planet (June 19, 2008)

The Planetary Society urges the United States to lead a global response to climate change on Planet Earth, with increased observations from space and greater global coordination.

Phoenix Takes Image of First Library on Mars (May 27, 2008)

NASA’s Phoenix mission has returned the first images of The Planetary Society's Phoenix DVD, which carries Visions of Mars, a collection of 19th and 20th century science fiction stories, essays and art inspired by the Red Planet.

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CubeSats have made low-cost space missions a reality for universities and research groups. However, these tiny satellites lack propulsion. LightSail will demonstrate the viability of solar sailing for CubeSats.

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Shoemaker Near-Earth Object Grant Program

Planetary Society's Shoemaker Grant program supports astronomers following up potentially hazardous asteroids.

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Planetary Deep Drill

Planetary Deep Drill is the first drill of its kind. Honeybee intends to fulfill one of the biggest needs for subsurface planetary exploration: lightweight, portable drills that pack enough punch to probe deep beneath planetary surfaces.

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