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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

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.

Statement on Delay of Mars Science Laboratory (December 4, 2008)

The Planetary Society has issued a statement on the delay of the Mars Science Laboratory.

Planetary Society Steps Beyond Moon for Roadmap to Space (November 13, 2008)

The Planetary Society outlined a vigorous new approach to space exploration that recommends interplanetary flight achievements while deferring a U.S. Moon landing.

Global Economic Crisis Accentuates Need for Science, Earth Observations and Space Programs to Create a Positive Future (October 21, 2008)

The Planetary Society’s Board of Directors believes that it is vital not to lose sight of the importance and long-term economic benefit of maintaining a strong commitment to scientific research, including space exploration.

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Current Projects


CubeSats have made low-cost space missions a reality for universities and research groups. However, these tiny satellites lack propulsion. LightSail will demonstrate the viability of solar sailing for CubeSats.

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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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Planetary Deep Drill

Planetary Deep Drill is the first drill of its kind. Honeybee intends to fulfill one of the biggest needs for subsurface planetary exploration: lightweight, portable drills that pack enough punch to probe deep beneath planetary surfaces.

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