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Press Releases from 2002

Planetary Society Anticipates Next Century of Flight (December 30, 2002)

Only one hundred years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright demonstrated in 12 seconds that powered flight was more than a possibility.

Listen Up! Planetary Radio Hits the Airwaves and Internet (November 25, 2002)

The weekly half-hour program airs at 88.9 FM, but listeners outside the station's range can tune in over the Internet at The Planetary Society’s website.

The Planetary Society Presents Petition to Congress (November 13, 2002)

The Planetary Society has presented the full Congress with a petition signed by 10,000 supporters, urging the House and Senate to support increases in funding for the exploration of the outer planets.

What's In A Name: For Kids It's A Place In History (November 4, 2002)

The "Name the Rovers" contest, managed by The LEGO Company and The Planetary Society in conjunction with NASA, provides students with the unbelievable opportunity to suggest a name for the two Mars-bound rovers.

Students to Join NASA's Mars Exploration Rover-2003 Team (October 15, 2002)

The Red Rover Goes to Mars project allows students to compete for the opportunity to work directly with the Mars Exploration Rover-2003 mission.

Planetary Society/LEGO Company Press Conference (October 15, 2002)

The Planetary Society and the LEGO Company have teamed with NASA to include the Red Rover Goes to Mars project in the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover mission.

Planetary Society Applauds Recommendation to Increase NASA Budget to Fund Pluto-Kuiper Belt and Europa Missions (October 8, 2002)

The Society has long advocated both missions, demonstrating its support in testimony to the House Sub-Committee and in member letters to Congress.

The Planetary Society Celebrates Voyager's 25 Years in Space (September 6, 2002)

The Planetary Society celebrates the silver anniversary of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 with a comprehensive web tribute.

The Planetary Society Funds Sky Watchers (July 31, 2002)

The Planetary Society has awarded five Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants for 2002 to researchers in three nations.

Flying High (75 Degrees North) (July 17, 2002)

The Planetary Society will team up with NASA Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, and MicroPilot to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic in simulated Mars exploration.

Flying High (75 Degrees North): (July 17, 2002)

The Planetary Society will team up with NASA Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, and MicroPilot to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic in simulated Mars exploration.

Fly Missions to Pluto and Europa Now (July 11, 2002)

The Pluto and Europa missions were endorsed in the newly released National Academy of Sciences report, "New Frontiers in the Solar System: An Integrated Exploration Strategy."

The Planetary Society Joins AAA Michigan in New Membership Opportunity (July 1, 2002)

Members of AAA Michigan can join The Planetary Society at 25 percent off regular, student, and senior memberships. AAA Michigan will promote The Planetary Society, and The Planetary Society will promote AAA membership.

Planetary Society of Japan Will Send Names to Asteroid (June 11, 2002)

The Planetary Society of Japan (TPS/J) has launched a worldwide campaign to deliver several hundred thousand names to an asteroid on MUSES-C, the first sample return mission to an asteroid.

Cosmos 1 Passes Test Milestone (June 9, 2002)

The 15-meter solar sail blade deployed to its full length in the 12 meter-vacuum chamber at NPO Lavochkin in Khimki, Russia.

Planetary Society to Congress: Restore Pluto and Europa Missions! (April 15, 2002)

The administration is set to cancel the development of future outer planet probes, and the Society is calling on Congress to restore funding for a Pluto/Kuiper Belt flyby mission and a Europa orbiter.

Planetary Society Nabs Aviation Week Laurels (April 15, 2002)

The Society nabbed double honors for both Cosmos 1, its solar sail project, and for the Society's unflagging support of a mission to explore Pluto.

Planetary Society Celebrates 20 Years Searching for Real E.T. (March 18, 2002)

From an optical SETI telescope to the wildly popular SETI@home program, the Society supports cutting edge research around the world, seeking to answer an age-old question: are we alone in the universe?

Planetary Society's Student Nanoexperiments Will Help Future Astronauts on Mars (March 11, 2002)

Two student-designed nanoexperiments designed to investigate conditions on Mars for future human explorers will debut in a presentation at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Planetary Society's Student Navigators Operate FIDO Rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (February 14, 2002)

Eight middle and high school students from around the world participated in hands-on operations of NASA's state-of-the-art prototype rover, FIDO, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Planetary Society Hosts Student Press Conference with Bill Nye and International Team of Student Navigators (February 12, 2002)

The Planetary Society's Student Press Conference will showcase an international team of eight Student Navigators who are operating the FIDO Rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory this week.

Planetary Society Wins Aviation Week Laurels (February 11, 2002)

The Planetary Society won double honors in Aviation Week & Space Technology's 45th Annual Aerospace Laurel Selections.

50,000 People Jam Planetary Society Website to Take Space Survey about NASA Priorities (February 4, 2002)

The huge public response was perhaps one of the most important results from the Decadal Survey questionnaire about setting priorities for U.S. planetary research programs.

President's Budget Cancels Current Outer Planets Plan in Favor of Developing Nuclear Propulsion and Power for Mars Landers and Future Outer Planets Probes (February 4, 2002)

This is the first budget developed by the Bush Administration, with new NASA Administrator, Sean O'Keefe at the helm, and it is being carefully watched by The Planetary Society.

The Planetary Society Asks the Public to Speak Up About NASA Missions (January 17, 2002)

The Planetary Society seeks public input for the Planetary Decadal Survey being conducted by the National Research Council.

Planetary Society Offers New Scholarships (January 14, 2002)

The Society will award two Planetary Society Scholarship for Space Studies each year for the next five years, beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.

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