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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

Planetary Society Statement on the Confirmation of Jim Bridenstine as NASA Administrator (April 19, 2018)

Our statement on the successful confirmation vote to approve Jim Bridenstine as NASA Administrator.

The Planetary Society Announces Largest Award Ever to Asteroid Observers Through Global Grant Program (March 12, 2018)

The Planetary Society today announced its largest financial contribution ever to the winners of its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program.

The Planetary Society Celebrates Space Science Finding: Haumea’s Rings (October 11, 2017)

In response to new findings pertaining to distant dwarf planet Haumea, announced today in Nature, The Planetary Society issued the following press statement.

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Recent Blogs

LightSail 2 Team to Conduct More Testing before Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 09, 2019

Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.

What to Expect when Chandrayaan-2 Launches to and Lands on the Moon

Sridhar Narayanan • July 08, 2019

A preview guide for India's upcoming Moon mission.

Here are the First Pictures of Earth from LightSail 2

Jason Davis • July 07, 2019

Pictures taken by the spacecraft's cameras Friday evening show a crescent Earth, as LightSail 2 heads into orbital sunset.

See the Latest Data from LightSail 2 on Our New Mission Control Dashboard

Jason Davis • July 05, 2019

Would you like to see the latest data from The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft—possibly before flight controllers have even seen it? Now you can!

LightSail 2 Healthy as Mission Team Continues Spacecraft Checkouts

Jason Davis • July 03, 2019

The mission team is working through a 73-step checklist to check out the spacecraft’s systems and perform various tests.

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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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The Planetary Society's Shoemaker NEO Grant program helps astronomers find, track and characterize near-Earth objects.

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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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