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Press Releases from 2006

Give a Journey to Mars as a Special Holiday Gift (December 14, 2006)

In 2007, The Planetary Society will send a DVD to Mars aboard Phoenix, NASA's newest Scout mission. It will contain the names of individuals from around the world.

Planetary Society Offers $50,000 Prize for Asteroid Tagging Designs (December 13, 2006)

The Planetary Society is offering $50,000 in prize money for the competition to design a mission to rendezvous with and “tag” a potentially dangerous near-Earth asteroid.

Foundation Joins Planetary Society Call for An International Lunar Decade (December 4, 2006)

The Secure World Foundation has joined forces with The Planetary Society in calling for an International Lunar Decade to begin in 2007.

Fly Wishes to the Moon with Japan's SELENE Mission (December 1, 2006)

he Planetary Society invites the world to participate in the "Wish Upon the Moon" campaign to send names and messages to Earth's Moon on Japan's SELENE mission.

Carl Sagan Memorial Award Presented to Scott Hubbard (November 13, 2006)

The Carl Sagan Memorial Award is presented annually to a person who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos.

Sally Ride Science Joins Planetary Radio (November 6, 2006)

Planetary Radio will team with Sally Ride Science to feature a special segment on the first radio program of each month.

Fly Your Name on NASA's Phoenix Mission to Mars (October 30, 2006)

The Planetary Society will send a specialized silica-glass DVD to Mars aboard Phoenix, NASA's newest Scout mission, led by Principal Investigator Peter Smith at the University of Arizona.

Time is Almost Up for Pluto Mission Digital Time Capsule (October 27, 2006)

In conjunction with the New Horizons mission, The Planetary Society sponsored a digital time capsule of photographs of the world today to the inhabitants of 2015.

What's in a Name? Planet or Not, Pluto Waits for Us (August 24, 2006)

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially defined the word "planet" and, in doing so, downgraded Pluto's status from "planet" to "dwarf planet."

Planetary Society Joins Expedition to Test Spacesuit in Arctic (August 15, 2006)

The Planetary Society has joined forces with a consortium of scientists to test how well spacesuits can protect both the astronauts who wear them and the distant worlds they may explore.

Stardust@home: Calling All Dust Hunters (July 31, 2006)

The Planetary Society is looking for good dust-spotters to join Stardust@home, a project where internet users search for microscopic interstellar dust particles captured by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.

Attention Astronomers: Here's Your Chance to Save the World! (July 26, 2006)

The Planetary Society has issued a new call for proposals for Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants, which can greatly increase an astronomer's contributions to NEO research.

Deadline Extended for Pluto Mission Digital Time Capsule (July 12, 2006)

The New Horizons Digital Time Capsule will consist of photographs of things in 2006 that people expect will be transformed by 2015.

Planetary Society Calls for International Lunar Decade to Begin in 2007 (July 8, 2006)

The Planetary Society has issued a call for an International Lunar Decade to sustain political support in each of the space faring nations and to provide a framework for both science cooperation and mission coordination.

Planetary Society Helps Explore Europa on Earth: The Expedition to the Sulfur Springs of Ellesmere Island (June 23, 2006)

As long-time advocates of launching a dedicated mission to Europa, The Planetary Society is helping sponsor an expedition to Ellesmere Island to study glacial springs that appear similar to features on the distant moon.

House Subcommittee Helps Save Our Science (June 14, 2006)

A House subcommittee approved a budget of $16.7 billion, $100 million less than that requested by the Administration. But, it restored $75 million (out of $330 million) of the funding that the Administration had cut from space science plans.

30 Years of Pioneer Spacecraft Data Rescued:The Planetary Society Enables Study of the Mysterious Pioneer Anomaly (June 5, 2006)

Two spacecraft, Pioneers 10 and 11, which were launched to Jupiter and Saturn more than 30 years ago, are hurtling towards the edge of our solar system -- but at a slower than expected rate.

Planetary Society Presents a New World to Congress (May 25, 2006)

The Planetary Society will remind Congress of the vision needed to undertake visionary space ventures by hosting a special presentation in Washington DC.

Thousands Sign Planetary Society Petitions to Save Our Science (May 4, 2006)

Thousands of concerned members of the public have already signed the Society's "Save Our Science" petition and written their Congressional representatives in a nationwide SOS on behalf of planetary exploration.

Space Stars Will Shine at 25th Annual International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles (April 24, 2006)

A stellar gathering of space entrepreneurs, scientists, and visionaries will appear at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC).

Planetary Society Opens World's First Dedicated Optical SETI Telescope (April 11, 2006)

The Planetary Society dedicated a new optical telescope at an observatory in Harvard, Massachusetts -- one designed solely to search for light signals from alien civilizations.

Space Advocacy Organizations Join Forces to Host 25th Annual International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles (March 13, 2006)

The Planetary Society and the National Space Society will co-sponsor the annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC).

Another Step in Mars Exploration:The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at Mars (March 10, 2006)

The Planetary Society congratulates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the successful orbit insertion of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Planetary Society Congratulates Japanese Space Agency on Renewed Contact with Hayabusa (March 9, 2006)

The Planetary Society congratulates the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) for reestablishing communications with their spacecraft Hayabusa.

Winning Postcards from Venus Chosen (March 1, 2006)

The Planetary Society and the European Space Agency (ESA) celebrate the imagined rugged beauty of the planet's natural landscape with the winning entries in the "Postcards from Venus" art contest in coordination with ESA's Venus Express mission.

Planetary Society Presents to Congress a Better Path for NASA (February 16, 2006)

The Society objects to numerous cuts or cancellations of such projects as a mission to Jupiter's ice-bound moon Europa, the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission, two Mars Scout missions, and more.

Planetary Society Charges Administration with Blurring its Vision for Space Exploration (February 6, 2006)

Despite recent spectacular results from NASA's science programs, the recently released NASA budget puts the brakes on space science growth within the agency.

Welcome to Worldwide Astronomy 101! (February 2, 2006)

A 13-week astronomy and planetary science course sponsored by The Planetary Society and California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will air twice weekly over the internet and local Los Angeles area cable networks.

Comet Dust Clouds Planetary Society Crater Contest (January 25, 2006)

Three winners were randomly selected from a large pool of entrants in The Planetary Society's "Great Comet Crater Contest."

Announcing the Top 10 Reasons Pluto Is - or Is Not - a Planet (January 16, 2006)

To celebrate the New Horizons mission and to draw attention to an interesting scientific debate, The Planetary Society issued a worldwide call for the Top 10 Reasons Pluto is - and is not - a planet.

From Earth to Pluto: A Digital Time Capsule for the World of Tomorrow (January 15, 2006)

The Planetary Society invites children and adults around the world to send a message to future Earth -- a New Horizons Digital Time Capsule from those who launched the mission to the inhabitants of Earth who receive its results nearly a decade later.

Stardust@home: Searching for Cosmic Needles in a Haystack (January 10, 2006)

The Planetary Society, the founding sponsor of SETI@home, is again teaming with the University of California at Berkeley to engage the public in real science.

Is Pluto a Planet or Is It Not? The Planetary Society Seeks Top 10 Lists (January 4, 2006)

Some scientists now claim that Pluto does not deserve its planetary ranking, that it is instead a Kuiper belt object, one of many such bodies in the far reaches of the solar system.

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