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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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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.

Planetary Society Says Proposed NASA Budget Could Rejuvenate Space Exploration (May 7, 2009)

The Planetary Society says the proposed NASA budget demonstrates strong support for science and exploration, and could rejuvenate Space exploration.

Planetary Society Awards NEO Trackers (April 27, 2009)

The space around Earth will be monitored a little more closely for potentially threatening near-Earth objects (NEOs), like asteroids and comets, with the awarding of three new Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants by The Planetary Society.

Keep Track of Exoplanets with Planetary Society's New On-line Catalog (March 5, 2009)

A new Planetary Society online catalog will help showcase new exoplanet finds by the Kepler Telescope.

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