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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.

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Press Releases/Media Alerts

Bill Nye & Planetary Society Celebrate LightSail™ Spacecraft Test Launch (May 20, 2015)

The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail™ spacecraft has launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Bill Nye to Discuss LightSail Spacecraft at Media Meet & Greet (May 15, 2015)

Bill Nye (The Science Guy), Planetary Society CEO, and other spokespeople to meet and greet media, offering one-on-one stand-up interviews about the LightSail™ Spacecraft. Interviews will occur in an orderly sequence based on arrival time. Journalists and crews will be directed into the line on site within the Center.

Statement on H.R. 2039, the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 (May 6, 2015)

While there are many good aspects of this legislation, cuts to the Earth Science program prevent The Planetary Society from supporting the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 as written.

Leaders in Asteroid Tracking/Observing Awarded Through Global Grant Program (April 15, 2015)

The Planetary Society, the world’s leading non-profit space interest group, today announced the 2015 winners of its Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program, an initiative that funds leading asteroid observers, primarily advanced amateurs.

SAVE THE DATE: May 20, 2015 (April 8, 2015)

The press is invited to attend the LightSail spacecraft test launch and related reporting opportunities.

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LightSail

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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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