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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 us at 626-793-5100 or via email at tps@planetary.org.

Bill Nye Calls on President Obama to Embrace Planetary Exploration for NASA’s Future (December 9, 2013)

Bill Nye the Science Guy and CEO of The Planetary Society sent President Barack Obama an open letter last week, asking him to move the country’s space program forward by embracing planetary exploration at NASA.

Planetary Society Statement on Planetary Science Funding in the House Draft 2013 Authorization Bill (June 19, 2013)

The Planetary Society strongly supports the language funding Planetary Science and commitment to the Decadal Survey in the House's 2013 Draft NASA Authorization Act.

The Planetary Society Announces Conditional Support of NASA's Asteroid Mission (May 15, 2013)

The Planetary Society conditionally supports NASA's plan to capture a small asteroid and place it in lunar orbit. The mission spurs investment in technologies crucial to solar system exploration, such as very large solar-electric propulsion systems and automated deep-space operations, and in enhanced and expanded ways to detect and monitor asteroids. Our support is conditional on the requirement that Congress and the White House must provide proper funding for this mission that does not raid existing, high-priority science missions within NASA.

Nine-Year-Old Names Asteroid Target of NASA Mission in Competition Run By The Planetary Society (May 1, 2013)

Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 now has the much friendlier name "Bennu," thanks to a 3rd-grade student from North Carolina.

Planetary Society Testimony for Congressional NASA FY14 Budget Hearings (April 24, 2013)

The Planetary Society's official testimony to Congress on the FY14 NASA Budget proposal.

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