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Press Releases from 2003

Astrobot Biff Starling Prepares for Mars Landing (December 30, 2003)

The Planetary Society, in cooperation with the LEGO Company, designed the Astrobot Diaries as a program to enable young people and adults alike to journey vicariously to the Red Planet with the Mars Exploration Rover mission.

Go "Wild About Mars" With The Planetary Society (December 29, 2003)

The Planetary Society's "WILD ABOUT MARS" event will feature special guests and the opportunity to witness the landing of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover on a giant screen with thousands of other space enthusiasts.

Drive a Mars Rover Today! (December 18, 2003)

The Planetary Society's Carl Sagan Memorial Station simulates the landing site of NASA's Pathfinder mission, which included the first Mars rover, Sojourner.

The Planetary Society Goes "Wild About Mars" (November 17, 2003)

"WILD ABOUT MARS," at the Pasadena Convention Center, will feature special guests and "live" images from Mars during NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission.

Destination: Mars, Urges The Planetary Society (November 10, 2003)

The Planetary Society is mobilizing its members and the general public to write President Bush in support of a human space exploration program geared towards the ultimate goal of landing men and women on Mars.

International Student Team Selected to Work in Mars Rover Mission Operations (November 6, 2003)

The Planetary Society has chosen sixteen Student Astronauts to work with the Mars Exploration Rover team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory when the twin rovers touch down on Mars in January 2004.

Planetary Society Leaders to Testify to Congress (October 15, 2003)

Bruce Murray, Chairman of the Board of The Planetary Society, and Wesley T. Huntress, the Society's President will call for exploration to be the principal objective of future human spaceflight.

Planetary Society Adds Internet, Investment Acumen to Its Board (October 2, 2003)

The Planetary Society has added a unique blend of Internet and investment management acumen to its board of directors, as well as bringing two astronauts and an oil industry leader to its advisory council.

The Planetary Society Celebrates Galileo Mission with Galileo and His Daughter (September 18, 2003)

The Planetary Society will celebrate the end of the Galileo spacecraft mission with a special benefit performance and presentation, "An Evening with Galileo and His Daughter."

Last Chance to Celebrate Mars Day with Ray Bradbury, Earth's Favorite Martian (August 25, 2003)

The public can join thousands from around the world who have already sent birthday greetings to Bradbury by submitting their messages at The Planetary Society’s website.

Cosmos 1 Solar Sail Project Passes Launch Readiness Milestone (August 11, 2003)

Engineers performed a successful test of the entire launch sequence, including separation of the solar sail payload from the rocket, at the Makeev Rocket and Test Center in Miass, Russia.

Help Ray Bradbury Celebrate a Martian Birthday (August 8, 2003)

To celebrate the opposition of Mars on August 27 and Bradbury's 83rd birthday on August 22, The Planetary Society is gathering birthday greetings from well-wishers around the world to present to Bradbury in a giant birthday card.

Cosmos 1 Solar Sail Unfurls One Of Its 47-Foot Blades At Centennial Of Flight In NYC (July 28, 2003)

The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios will unfold a replica of one of the eight 47-foot blades that make up the Cosmos 1 Solar Sail spacecraft, which is slated to launch later this year.

Astrobot Sandy Moondust Begins her Journey to Mars (July 8, 2003)

The Astrobots, representations of robotic minifigures suited up for space, appear as part of the structure that mounts the mini-DVDs provided by The Planetary Society onto each spacecraft.

The Planetary Society Launches Global "Mars Day Celebration" (June 26, 2003)

Bright red-orange in the evening sky, Mars will be in perihelic opposition this summer, meaning the celestial body is at a point in its orbit when it is both closest to the Sun and to the Earth.

Astrobot Diaries and Mars Stations Debut Today (June 7, 2003)

The Planetary Society and the LEGO Company announce a new Mars exploration adventure: the Astrobot Diaries - featuring Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust - and the Mars Stations.

SETI@home Begins Distributing Data from Stellar Countdown (June 3, 2003)

The Stellar Countdown run at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico re-observed 216 promising radio sources identified by SETI@home as potential candidates for hypothetical extraterrestrial intelligent signals.

New Vehicle Needed to Propel Human Space Exploration (May 27, 2003)

The Planetary Society, the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) USA, and the American Astronautical Society convened a workshop to assess launch vehicle requirements to meet the needs of human space exploration beyond Earth orbit.

Planetary Society Recovers Columbia Shuttle Experiment (May 6, 2003)

The Planetary Society joined with Instrumentation Technology Associates (ITA) in retrieving its astrobiology experiment samples from a payload package that survived the catastrophic breakup of Columbia.

Planetary Society Recovers Shuttle Experiment from Columbia Debris (May 1, 2003)

A Planetary Society-sponsored astrobiology experiment will be retrieved from the container that carried it aloft on space shuttle Columbia's final mission.

Planetary Society Declaration of Support Sent to NASA (March 31, 2003)

The Planetary Society has presented to NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe a Declaration in Support of Space Exploration signed by over 15,000 people worldwide.

SETI@home Completes Stellar Countdown (March 25, 2003)

The candidates selected for re-observation were deemed the most interesting radio sources found out of the billions detected since the distributed computing project began to search for extraterrestrial intelligence in May 1999.

Planetary Society's SETI@home Re-observations Get Bumped by Solar Flare: (March 19, 2003)

The SETI@home project has been bumped from the telescope's observing schedule until next Monday, March 24, 2003, so that researchers can observe a rare solar flare.

Planetary Society's SETI@home Takes New Step in Search for ET: (March 10, 2003)

The SETI@home project will now take a closer look at its most promising candidate radio sources.

Thousands Sign Planetary Society Declaration in Support of Space Exploration (February 24, 2003)

Over 12,000 people in just two weeks have signed The Planetary Society's Declaration in Support of Space Exploration in the wake of the Columbia tragedy.

The Planetary Society Comments on NASA '04 Budget Proposal (February 6, 2003)

The FY2004 proposal was submitted in the midst of dealing with the tragedy of the Columbia accident.

Israeli and Palestinian Students Join Forces on Space Shuttle Experiment (January 15, 2003)

The astrobiology experiment is designed to advance understanding of the evolution of life in the universe and to help build peaceful international cooperation in our often divided world.

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