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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.

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

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Press Releases/Media Alerts

Planetary Society Holds Atlanta Town Hall on U.S. Space Policy (May 1, 2008)

In Atlanta, Georgia, The Planetary Society will hold the second in a series of Town Hall meetings to engage the public in charting a course for human space exploration beyond Earth orbit.

Congress Considers Results of Planetary Society?Stanford Workshop (April 2, 2008)

Former shuttle astronaut Kathryn Thornton testifies this week to Congress about the results of a workshop co-sponsored by The Planetary Society and the Stanford University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Planetary Society Statement on Alan Stern's Resignation from NASA (March 26, 2008)

The Planetary Society issues a statement on Alan Stern’s resignation from NASA.

Planetary Society Congratulates World Space Agencies on International Mission (March 26, 2008)

The Planetary Society congratulates both the astronaut crews and all the space agencies of the world involved with the successful mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station over the past two weeks.

Planetary Society Holds Its First Town Hall on U.S. Space Policy (March 25, 2008)

The Planetary Society will launch a series of Town Hall meetings to engage the public in charting a course for human space exploration beyond Earth orbit.

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