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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 Partial Government Shutdown (January 24, 2019)

Pasadena, CA (January 24, 2019) — The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, issued the following statements opposing the partial government shutdown.

The Planetary Society Announces Media Resources for New Horizons Flyby of Ultima Thule (December 19, 2018)

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is poised to make exploration history. As 2019 begins, it will fly past 2014 MU69, the most distant world ever explored.

The Planetary Society Welcomes Brendan Curry to Lead Washington Operations (November 19, 2018)

The Planetary Society announced the appointment of Brendan Curry as Chief of Washington Operations.

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Recent Blogs

LightSail 2 Integrated with Prox-1 Carrier Spacecraft

Jason Davis • May 09, 2019

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is officially on the road to launch.

Mars Used to Have Water, But We Can't Explain How

Kaushik Mitra • May 07, 2019

Although we have acquired compelling evidence of flowing liquid water on early Mars, the fundamental question about how water could be stable under Martian atmospheric conditions remains unsolved.

Here’s an Update on Hayabusa2’s Crater-Creating Explosion

Jason Davis • May 03, 2019

Hayabusa2's SCI experiment fell toward Ryugu for 40 minutes before detonating about 300 meters above the surface.

Accuracy Can Be Fun!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2019

Last week, designer Thomas Romer of Chop Shop Studio launched a Kickstarter to support the creation of a new product: Planetary Blocks. Emily Lakdawalla worked closely with Chop Shop to create an accurate and fun block set.

Chandrayaan-2 Launch Delayed until July

Jason Davis • April 30, 2019

India's combination lunar orbiter, lander, and rover spacecraft was previously scheduled to lift off in May.

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