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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 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail

Jason Davis • July 24, 2019

Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).

Chandrayaan-2 Launches for the Moon

Jatan Mehta • July 22, 2019

Liftoff atop the country’s GSLV Mk III rocket occurred on 22 July at 14:43 IST (09:13 UTC).

Live Coverage: LightSail 2 Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).

LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 17, 2019

Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.

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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.

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Planetary Deep Drill is designed to explore tens, hundreds or even thousands of meters below the Martian polar ice caps and Europa's icy crust.

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