Press Releases from 2001
Planetary Society Protests Stop To Near-Earth Object Observations (December 19, 2001)
The Planetary Society strongly condemns NASA's decision to terminate radar observations of Near Earth Objects (NEOs) from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
The Planetary Society Presents The Worlds of 2001 (November 26, 2001)
The Planetary Society will pay tribute to the film's legacy with a free lecture about current planetary exploration.
New Sagan Center to Rise at NASA Research Park (November 7, 2001)
The NASA Ames Research Center will dedicate the site for The Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Cosmos.
Destination Mars (October 24, 2001)
The spacecraft's mission is to carry out experiments that will further our quest to determine whether life ever arose on Mars, to characterize the climate and geology of Mars, and to prepare for eventual human exploration.
Planetary Society Celebrates Mars Odyssey through Myth, Art and Science (October 18, 2001)
The Planetary Society will showcase the winners of our International Space Art Contest at a special event, "Mars in Myth and Reality."
Wes Huntress Elected Planetary Society President, and Neil Tyson, Vice-President (September 25, 2001)
Dr. Wesley T. Huntress, Jr. and Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson are taking the helm of The Planetary Society as President and Vice-president of the world's largest space interest group.
The Planetary Society Announces International Space Art Contest Winners (September 4, 2001)
The winners represent seven nations, and include entries from children as young as five and from adults in their eighties.
Cosmos 1 Solar Sail Team Announces Ambitious New Flight Plan (August 22, 2001)
The Cosmos 1 team will move forward to launch a spacecraft that will test deployment of the sail blades and initial operation of a full solar sail.
The $14,500 scholarship has enabled Karl Wittwer, from Australia, to attend ISU's annual summer session, which takes place from July to September this year in Bremen.
Cosmos 1 Solar Sail Test Flight Launches As Planned (July 20, 2001)
There has been some speculation that the Cosmos 1 spacecraft and capsule may not have separated from the upper stage of the rocket, but this has not been confirmed by the project team.
Solar Sail Test Flight Launches From Russian Arctic July 20 (July 17, 2001)
The deployment test flight for the Cosmos 1 Solar Sail project has been re-scheduled to launch on July 20, 2001 at 4:33 AM (Moscow time), which is July 19, 2001 at 5:33 PM (California time).
The spacecraft is fully repaired and tested after being damaged in a pre-launch test on April 9.
Planetary Society Launches Campaign For New Pluto Generation (May 31, 2001)
The Planetary Society has been campaigning for a Pluto mission ever since work on NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Express mission stopped in Fall 2000.
SETI@home Names Lucky 3 Millionth User (May 16, 2001)
SETI@home sponsors, The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios, will award Bernd Ziegler of Germany a lifetime membership in The Planetary Society, and other gifts.
A prize will be awarded to the three-millionth user to run the SETI@home program.
Test Flight of Cosmos 1, The First Solar Sail, Delayed (April 11, 2001)
The Cosmos 1 test flight will be delayed due to a pre-launch testing accident that damaged the spacecraft.
Planetary Society Celebrates Yuri's Night, April 12 (April 10, 2001)
The Planetary Society will help co-sponsor the worldwide celebration of Yuri's Night, the 40th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic flight as the first human to orbit Earth.
Mars Microphone Has New Ticket to Ride on NetLander Mission (April 2, 2001)
The Planetary Society's Mars Microphone will hitch a new ride to the Red Planet on board the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) NetLander mission in 2007.
Russia plans to bring the Mir spacecraft down in a controlled de-oribt burn this week, dropping the aging station to a final resting place, hopefully somewhere in the South Pacific.
Cosmos 1, the first solar sail mission is set to test in April with the prime mission scheduled to launch between October - December this year.
School Kids Find Mars Mystery (February 20, 2001)
The Planetary Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars Student Scientists found a surprising cluster of dark-colored boulders smack dab in the middle of light-colored terrain.
An international team of nine students -- aged 10 - 16 years old -- directed a camera aboard the NASA Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft to image several sites on Mars.
The Planetary Society Assists Search for Near Earth Objects (February 8, 2001)
The Gene Shoemaker NEO Grants are awarded to amateur observers, observers in developing countries, and professional astronomers who, with seed funding, could greatly increase their programs' contributions to this critical research.
Buzz Aldrin and Bill Nye Celebrate the Romance of Pluto (January 26, 2001)
Buzz Aldrin and Bill Nye the Science Guy will headline a free Planetary Society event, "The Science and Romance of Pluto," at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C.
They Beam From Outer Space? (January 22, 2001)
The Planetary Society will open its new Optical SETI Telescope in Harvard, Massachusetts early in 2002.
Asteroids and Dinosaurs and Jungles, Oh My! (January 16, 2001)
The Belize Diary will link Internet users with scientists in the field who are searching for evidence of the asteroid impact that many believe ended the age of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
The Planetary Society Announces for 2001, a Space Art Odyssey (January 3, 2001)
The Planetary Society invites participants of all ages worldwide to draw what Mars would look like if one were standing on the planet's surface.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.