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The Planetary Society Celebrates Launch of LightSail 2 (June 25, 2019)

LightSail 2 is officially in space! The Planetary Society's solar sail CubeSat lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 25 June at 02:30 EDT (06:30 UTC). The late-night launch came courtesy of SpaceX's triple-booster Falcon Heavy rocket, which was carrying 24 spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.

Media Invited to LightSail 2 Press Teleconference with Bill Nye and Mission Team (June 17, 2019)

The Planetary Society will send a crowdfunded spacecraft called LightSail 2 on a historic mission to demonstrate solar sailing around the Earth on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch.

The Planetary Society Releases New Apollo Cost Analysis (June 14, 2019)

In advance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, The Planetary Society released comprehensive new cost analysis and Apollo mission resources.

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 Will Launch No Earlier Than June 24, 2019 (June 7, 2019)

The Air Force today announced the new target launch date for the Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the mission, which will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statement on NASA's Supplemental Budget Request (May 17, 2019)

The Planetary Society statement regarding NASA’s FY 2020 supplemental budget request.

Public Invited to Help Name the Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System (April 9, 2019)

It’s time to give 2007 OR10 a name. We’re asking for your help to pick a suitable name for 2007 OR10 to submit to the International Astronomical Union.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statement on the FY 2020 NASA Budget Request (March 11, 2019)

This budget proposal, while an improvement compared to previous years, would cut nearly half a billion dollars from NASA. This is the wrong way to kick off an otherwise promising era of discovery and exploration in the next decade.

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.

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.

The Planetary Society Announces Media Resources and Events for Mars InSight Landing (November 14, 2018)

On 26 November 2018 just before noon Pacific (3:00 p.m. ET / 20:00 UTC), NASA’s InSight lander will descend through Mars’ atmosphere and hopefully touch down softly on the surface of Mars.

The Planetary Society Shares Media Resources for BepiColombo Launch Toward Mercury (October 15, 2018)

On or after 20 October 2018, Europe and Japan are launching spacecraft together toward Mercury.

The Planetary Society Shares Media Resources for Mars Opposition (July 27, 2018)

On July 31, 2018, Mars will be closer, and therefore brighter, than it has been since 2003, and closer and brighter than it will be again until 2035.

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.

The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla Receives Honorary Degree from The Open University (September 22, 2017)

London, England (22 September 2017) – The Open University, the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, presented an honorary degree of Doctor of the University to science writer and educator Emily Lakdawalla, in recognition of her excellence in planetary and space science communication.

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