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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 erin.greeson@planetary.org.

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.

Tribute to Sir Arthur C. Clarke to Air on Planetary Radio (March 21, 2008)

The Planetary Society will pay tribute to Sir Arthur C. Clarke, its long time friend, advisor and supporter, in a special Planetary Radio show.

Planetary Society Names Winners of $50,000 Asteroid Tagging Competition (February 26, 2008)

The first place winners of The Planetary Society's $50,000 Apophis Mission Design Competition presented their innovative solutions to tag and track an asteroid that might be on a collision course with Earth.

Space Experts Say: Put Humans on Mars While Sustaining NASA's Science Mission (February 14, 2008)

The organizers of a space exploration workshop said NASA's program for human exploration must lead to Mars and beyond, and will require international collaboration and funding of vital science programs.

Planetary Society Takes Aim at Target Earth (January 29, 2008)

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Tunguska event, when an exploding asteroid leveled 2000 square kilometers of Siberian forest, The Planetary Society kicked off a year-long focus on Target Earth.

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