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Bill Nye & Planetary Society Declare LightSail™ Test Mission Success (June 10, 2015)

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-profit space interest group, today declared the LightSail test mission a success. After 19 days in orbit, the CubeSat spacecraft deployed its Mylar® solar sails in space.

Bill Nye, LightSail™ Team & Planetary Society to Host Solar Sail Spacecraft Press Conference (June 8, 2015)

After a successful launch into orbit, The Planetary Society’s LightSail™ spacecraft embarked on a solar sailing test mission as a precursor to a 2016 mission. Complete test mission success hinges on the deployment of LightSail’s Mylar® solar sails. LightSail experts will present sail deployment outcomes and offer a period for media questions.

Bill Nye & Planetary Society Celebrate LightSail™ Test Mission Landmark (June 7, 2015)

LightSail's tiny solar sail deployment motor sprung to life Sunday afternoon, marking an important milestone for The Planetary Society’s nail-biting test mission.

Solar Sail Spacecraft Contact Restored After Software Glitch Paused Communications (May 30, 2015)

After a successful launch into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket out of Cape Canaveral, The Planetary Society’s LightSail™ spacecraft went silent after two days of communications. The solar sailing spacecraft test mission, a precursor to a 2016 mission, has now resumed contact after a suspected software glitch affected communications.

Bill Nye & The Planetary Society Issue LightSail™ Test Mission Update (May 26, 2015)

After a successful launch into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket out of Cape Canaveral, The Planetary Society’s LightSail™ spacecraft went silent after two days of communications.

Bill Nye & Planetary Society Celebrate LightSail™ Spacecraft Test Launch (May 20, 2015)

The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail™ spacecraft has launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Bill Nye to Discuss LightSail Spacecraft at Media Meet & Greet (May 15, 2015)

Bill Nye (The Science Guy), Planetary Society CEO, and other spokespeople to meet and greet media, offering one-on-one stand-up interviews about the LightSail™ Spacecraft. Interviews will occur in an orderly sequence based on arrival time. Journalists and crews will be directed into the line on site within the Center.

Statement on H.R. 2039, the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 (May 6, 2015)

While there are many good aspects of this legislation, cuts to the Earth Science program prevent The Planetary Society from supporting the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 as written.

Leaders in Asteroid Tracking/Observing Awarded Through Global Grant Program (April 15, 2015)

The Planetary Society, the world’s leading non-profit space interest group, today announced the 2015 winners of its Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program, an initiative that funds leading asteroid observers, primarily advanced amateurs.

SAVE THE DATE: May 20, 2015 (April 8, 2015)

The press is invited to attend the LightSail spacecraft test launch and related reporting opportunities.

Bill Nye & The Planetary Society Announce “Humans Orbiting Mars” Workshop Results (April 2, 2015)

The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye (The Science Guy®) and members of the Society’s Board of Directors today announced results of the ”Humans Orbiting Mars” workshop.

New Details Released for Citizen-Funded LightSail Spacecraft Launch (March 9, 2015)

The Planetary Society’s privately funded LightSail spacecraft has arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., where it will be integrated with an Atlas V rocket scheduled to launch no earlier than May 6.

The Planetary Society Supports FY2016 Budget Request for NASA (February 4, 2015)

In response to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Presidential Budget Request, The Planetary Society issued the following statement

Planetary Society Announces Test Flight for Privately Funded LightSail Spacecraft (January 26, 2015)

The Planetary Society today announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight. Funded entirely by private citizens, the solar sail satellite will hitch a ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society Praise NASA Funding in the CRomnibus (December 10, 2014)

In response to yesterday’s release of the so-called “CRomnibus” spending bill in the U.S. Congress, The Planetary Society’s CEO Bill Nye issued the following statement.

ASTEROID DAY ­ A GLOBAL DAY OF AWARENESS IS SLATED FOR JUNE 30, 2015 (December 3, 2014)

Declaration to 100x increase detection of dangerous asteroids is signed by more than 100 leading scientists, astronauts and business leaders around the world

Bill Nye and Planetary Society to Host “Past Life? Present Life? The Future of Solar System Exploration” Event on Capitol Hill (November 19, 2014)

The Planetary Society and its CEO Bill Nye The Science Guy will host expert scientists to explore about the astrobiological significance of exploring Mars and Europa in the United States Senate on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.

The Planetary Society Applauds ESA, Celebrates Philae Landing (November 12, 2014)

In response to today's historic successful Philae landing, the space science community's first landing on a comet, The Planetary Society issued the following statement from director of science and technology Bruce Betts.

Press Statement: CEO Bill Nye Responds to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Anomaly (October 31, 2014)

The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye released a statement in response to today's SpaceShipTwo accident.

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