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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

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statement on NASA's Supplemental Budget Request (May 17, 2019)

The Planetary Society statement regarding NASA’s FY 2020 supplemental budget request.

Public Invited to Help Name the Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System (April 9, 2019)

It’s time to give 2007 OR10 a name. We’re asking for your help to pick a suitable name for 2007 OR10 to submit to the International Astronomical Union.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statement on the FY 2020 NASA Budget Request (March 11, 2019)

This budget proposal, while an improvement compared to previous years, would cut nearly half a billion dollars from NASA. This is the wrong way to kick off an otherwise promising era of discovery and exploration in the next decade.

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Recent Blogs

LightSail 2 Healthy as Mission Team Continues Spacecraft Checkouts

Jason Davis • July 03, 2019

The mission team is working through a 73-step checklist to check out the spacecraft’s systems and perform various tests.

Emily's Recommended Kids' Space Books: Special Apollo 11 Anniversary Edition for July 2019

Emily Lakdawalla • July 03, 2019

So many Apollo-related books have come out in the first half of 2019 that I decided to cover them in a special summer book-recommendation blog. I have 5 brand-new Apollo-related books to recommend for kids, and include others I've recommended in past years.

Orion Completes Critical In-Flight Abort Test

Jason Davis • July 02, 2019

The test showed Orion can blast itself away from the Space Launch System if the big rocket fails while attempting to fly to orbit.

InSight Update: A Couple More Tiny Quakes and Heat Probe Progress

Emily Lakdawalla • July 02, 2019

InSight has detected a couple more small Marsquakes, and the team has lifted the housing of the heat probe off the ground, exposing the top of the mole in a surprisingly wide hole.

First Contact! LightSail 2 Phones Home to Mission Control

Jason Davis • July 02, 2019

The mission team received LightSail 2's first signals on 2 July at 01:34 PDT (08:34 UTC), as the spacecraft passed over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

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