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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 Celebrates Canada’s Major Space Program Investment (February 28, 2019)

The Planetary Society praised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement that the Canadian government will make significant new investments in its space program.

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.

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Recent Blogs

Chandrayaan-2 Headed for Lunar Orbit

Jason Davis • August 13, 2019

At 02:21 IST (20:51 UTC), the spacecraft fired its main engine, changing its orbit to intersect with the Moon.

NASA, ESA Officials Outline Latest Mars Sample Return Plans

Justin Cowart • August 13, 2019

The current strategy includes the Mars 2020 rover, a lander carrying a rover and ascent vehicle, and an Earth return orbiter.

Hayabusa2 Nailed its Second Touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 12, 2019

JAXA's sample collection spacecraft touched down just 60 centimeters away from its aimpoint.

What the recent budget deal means for NASA

Casey Dreier • August 07, 2019

A bigger budgetary pie allows the space agency's budget to grow—for one year at least.

LightSail 2 Nears 2 Weeks of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 06, 2019

The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.

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