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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 Welcomes Bethany Ehlmann to Board of Directors (February 20, 2019)

The Planetary Society announced the appointment of Bethany Ehlmann, professor of planetary science at Caltech and research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to its Board of Directors.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statements on End of Opportunity Rover Operations (February 13, 2019)

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, issued the following statement in reaction to the formal end of operations of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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.

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Recent Blogs

LightSail 2 is Ready for Launch

Jason Davis • June 24, 2019

The Planetary Society's solar sailing spacecraft is ready to take flight. We got an up-close look at its ride to orbit.

ESA to Launch Comet Interceptor Mission in 2028

Emily Lakdawalla • June 21, 2019

With Comet Interceptor, ESA plans to meet a comet on its first trip into the inner solar system. The mission was selected yesterday after a fast-track proposal process and will be developed on a rapid (for ESA) timeline, with a launch planned for 2028.

Here's Our First Look at LightSail 2 Installed on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket

Jason Davis • June 19, 2019

LightSail 2 is one of 24 spacecraft hitching a ride to orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.

OSIRIS-REx Sets Low-Orbit Record, Enters New Orbital B Mission Phase

Emily Lakdawalla • June 19, 2019

Last week, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission announced that they had achieved an orbit above asteroid Bennu with an altitude of only 680 meters. Now they are surveying for landing sites and have invited the public's help.

What to Expect when LightSail 2 Launches into Space

Jason Davis • June 17, 2019

Our preview guide outlines the LightSail 2 mission from start to finish.

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