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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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Planetary Society President and Popular Blogger Win Awards (October 3, 2011)

Mars Explorer Jim Bell and New Media Journalist Emily Lakdawalla were Honored by the American Astronomical Society�s Division of Planetary Sciences at Annual Meeting.

Bill Nye Storms Congress (September 9, 2011)

Bill Nye, Executive Director of the Planetary Society, delivered more than 20,000 signed petitions supporting space exploration to Congress and the White House. The signatures came from Planetary Society members and supporters around the world.

The End of the Space Shuttle Program (July 21, 2011)

Today, as the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down and returned its crew to Earth, the 30-year-long space shuttle program came to its end.

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LightSail

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.

Shoemaker Near-Earth Object Grant Program

Planetary Society's Shoemaker Grant program supports astronomers following up potentially hazardous asteroids.

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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