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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

There's Still Time to Sign Buzz's Birthday Card (January 15, 2010)

Next week, Buzz Aldrin turns 80, and well-wishers worldwide can join The Planetary Society in saying Happy Birthday.

Planetary Society Awards Thomas O. Paine Award to Steve Squyres and Mars Exploration Rover Team (November 10, 2009)

At an event on Capitol Hill, The Planetary Society awarded the Thomas O. Paine Award for the Advancement of Human Exploration of Mars to Steve Squyres and the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) team.

Planetary Society to Sail Again with LightSail (November 9, 2009)

Project LightSail, boosted by an anonymous one million dollar donation, will launch three separate solar sails over the next several years.

Planetary Society Applauds New Water Findings in the Solar System (September 24, 2009)

Three Planetary Society staff and board members released the following statements today applauding newly announced discoveries about water on the Moon and Mars.

Planetary Society Urges Support for the Augustine Committee Conclusions (September 15, 2009)

The Planetary Society urges support for the conclusions reached by the U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee.

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