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Press Room

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.

Media Contact
For more information on any of these releases, contact Erin Greeson at 626-793-5100 or via email at erin.greeson@planetary.org.

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Press Releases/Media Alerts

Honeybee Robotics and The Planetary Society Partner to Develop and Test Planetary Deep Drill System (October 28, 2014)

With the support of The Planetary Society, Honeybee Robotics is developing and testing a new Planetary Deep Drill system, a lightweight, portable drill designed eventually to reach kilometers below the surface of icy bodies such as Europa, Enceladus, Titan, and the Mars polar caps.

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society Host Canadian Space Program Celebration
 (September 23, 2014)

On the evening of Wednesday, October 1, 2014, live local and online audiences will head for the final frontier for a lively celebration of Canada’s space science achievements.

The Planetary Society Applauds ESA for Rosetta's Successful Comet Rendezvous (August 6, 2014)

The Planetary Society congratulates the European Space Agency on its Rosetta spacecraft arriving at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.

LightSail has a launch date! (July 9, 2014)

The Planetary Society announces that its LightSail solar sail spacecraft will reach space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch in 2016.

The Planetary Society Announces Strong Support for NASA's Asteroid Initiative (May 27, 2014)

In May 2013 The Planetary Society issued a statement saying that the Society "conditionally supports NASA's plan to capture a small asteroid and place it in lunar orbit." The Society’s support was conditional because the detailed goals, costs, and implementation plan for this asteroid mission were not yet well defined. In the past year, NASA has made commendable progress in developing its plans for what now is known as the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). Based on this progress, we now offer strong, but still conditional, support for ARM.

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