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Alan Stern & New Horizons Team Receive the Cosmos Award (October 12, 2016)

The Planetary Society today announced New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern and mission team as recipients of the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

The Planetary Society Responds to Proposed Senate Space Policy Bill (September 21, 2016)

The Planetary Society is pleased to see many of our recommendations for NASA’s near-term direction reflected in the Senate’s NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016 (S.3346). As a new Administration enters office in 2017, this bill could help provide important continuity for NASA’s efforts to send humans to Mars and search for life beyond Earth.

The Planetary Society Welcomes Britney Schmidt and Robert Picardo to Board of Directors (June 21, 2016)

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-profit space interest organization, announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Britney Schmidt, assistant professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, and actor Robert Picardo.

The Planetary Society Invites Press to LightSail™ 2 Day in the Life Test (May 2, 2016)

The Planetary Society is preparing for the LightSail 2 mission, with the objective to demonstrate controlled solar sailing. The Day in the Life tests will occur in a cleanroom laboratory environment and an engineering high bay with the objectives to test the spacecraft’s readiness to perform in space.

The Planetary Society & CEO Bill Nye Congratulate ExoMars Mission Team (December 16, 2015)

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscomos today launched the first mission of the ExoMars program aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Bill Nye to Receive National NASA Space Grant Distinguished Service Award (March 2, 2016)

Bill Nye will receive the prestigious Award for his contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education on March 4, 2016 at the Westin Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

OK Go & Planetary Society Partner for “Upside Down and Inside Out” Music Video Release (February 12, 2016)

OK Go -- the band celebrated worldwide for melding music, technology and creativity -- is partnering with The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-profit space interest group, as the band today unveils its anticipated latest video, “Upside Down and Inside Out.”

The Planetary Society Encouraged by U.S. FY2017 Budget Request for NASA, Supports Continued Growth (December 16, 2015)

In response to U.S. President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request, The Planetary Society issued statements from Bill Nye, CEO, and Casey Dreier, director of space policy.

The Planetary Society Launches Election 2016 Voter Resource (January 28, 2016)

The Planetary Society has launched a new resource for voters who are passionate about space exploration. This crowd-sourced reference site provides a fully-sourced, growing list of statements made by the presidential candidates regarding NASA and space exploration. The Society has also challenged its members to raise the topic of space with candidates on the campaign trail.

Bill Nye & Planetary Society Celebrate Proposed 2016 Budget for NASA, Challenge the White House to Continue the Trend in 2017 (December 16, 2015)

On December 15, the U.S. Congress revealed its proposed plans to fund the federal government in 2016. The proposed budget includes $19.3 billion for NASA, an increase of $1.3 billion over the previous year.

Honeybee Robotics Begins Field Testing Planetary Deep Drill System (November 18, 2015)

Honeybee Robotics is beginning a new phase of development of its Planetary Deep Drill, a lightweight and portable drill designed eventually to reach kilometers below the surface of icy formations in the Martian polar caps, Enceladus, or Europa.

Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, & Fans Celebrate Past & Future of Space Exploration at Planetary Society’s 35th Anniversary (October 24, 2015)

Closing out The Planetary Society's 35th Anniversary celebration in Pasadena, melodysheep's new Symphony of Science music video, "Beyond the Horizon," echoed the night's theme: there's more to explore. The event celebrated past visionaries, present leaders and the role new generations play in planetary science discoveries.

Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, & Space Stars Gather for Celebration of Planetary Society’s 35th Anniversary (October 12, 2015)

Daylong Celebration to Include Building Dedication, Family Space Fair & Ticketed Evening Party for Public.

The Planetary Society Releases “Humans Orbiting Mars” Workshop Report (September 29, 2015)

The Planetary Society has released a report on its ”Humans Orbiting Mars” workshop, which it held in the Spring of 2015. The workshop brought together representatives from NASA, the scientific community, industry, and government to explore a sustainable and affordable path forward for NASA’s human exploration program.

LightSail™ Test Flight Named Mission of the Year at SmallSat Conference (August 13, 2015)

At the 29th annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/Utah State University (USU) Conference on Small Satellites, The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail spacecraft test mission (LightSail A) was named Mission of the Year.

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society Celebrate New Horizons Pluto Flyby (July 13, 2015)

Nearly ten years after its launch, the New Horizons spacecraft will reach its closest encounter with Pluto on July 14, 2015. NASA and the world science community will celebrate the landmark at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) at Johns Hopkins University, as well as at “PlutoPalooza” events around the world.

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.

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