Press Releases from 2008
Statement on Delay of Mars Science Laboratory (December 4, 2008)
The Planetary Society has issued a statement on the delay of the Mars Science Laboratory.
Planetary Society Steps Beyond Moon for Roadmap to Space (November 13, 2008)
The Planetary Society outlined a vigorous new approach to space exploration that recommends interplanetary flight achievements while deferring a U.S. Moon landing.
The Planetary Society’s Board of Directors believes that it is vital not to lose sight of the importance and long-term economic benefit of maintaining a strong commitment to scientific research, including space exploration.
Save a Telescope, Save the Planet! (June 30, 2008)
The Planetary Society joined with US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, 46th District of California, to call for greater support for near-Earth object research and continued funding of the Arecibo radiotelescope to track potentially threatening objects in space.
Target Earth: How Prepared Are We? (June 26, 2008)
The dangers our planet faces from near-Earth objects (NEOs) are the focus of The Planetary Society's new program, Target Earth.
The Planetary Society urges the United States to lead a global response to climate change on Planet Earth, with increased observations from space and greater global coordination.
Phoenix Takes Image of First Library on Mars (May 27, 2008)
NASA’s Phoenix mission has returned the first images of The Planetary Society's Phoenix DVD, which carries Visions of Mars, a collection of 19th and 20th century science fiction stories, essays and art inspired by the Red Planet.
First Interplanetary Library Will Land on Mars (May 22, 2008)
The Planetary Society's Visions of Mars DVD aboard Phoenix will land on Mars on May 25, 2008.
In Atlanta, Georgia, The Planetary Society will hold the second in a series of Town Hall meetings to engage the public in charting a course for human space exploration beyond Earth orbit.
Former shuttle astronaut Kathryn Thornton testifies this week to Congress about the results of a workshop co-sponsored by The Planetary Society and the Stanford University Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Planetary Society Statement on Alan Stern's Resignation from NASA (March 26, 2008)
The Planetary Society issues a statement on Alan Stern’s resignation from NASA.
The Planetary Society congratulates both the astronaut crews and all the space agencies of the world involved with the successful mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station over the past two weeks.
Planetary Society Holds Its First Town Hall on U.S. Space Policy (March 25, 2008)
The Planetary Society will launch a series of Town Hall meetings to engage the public in charting a course for human space exploration beyond Earth orbit.
Tribute to Sir Arthur C. Clarke to Air on Planetary Radio (March 21, 2008)
The Planetary Society will pay tribute to Sir Arthur C. Clarke, its long time friend, advisor and supporter, in a special Planetary Radio show.
Planetary Society Names Winners of $50,000 Asteroid Tagging Competition (February 26, 2008)
The first place winners of The Planetary Society's $50,000 Apophis Mission Design Competition presented their innovative solutions to tag and track an asteroid that might be on a collision course with Earth.
Space Experts Say: Put Humans on Mars While Sustaining NASA's Science Mission (February 14, 2008)
The organizers of a space exploration workshop said NASA's program for human exploration must lead to Mars and beyond, and will require international collaboration and funding of vital science programs.
Planetary Society Takes Aim at Target Earth (January 29, 2008)
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Tunguska event, when an exploding asteroid leveled 2000 square kilometers of Siberian forest, The Planetary Society kicked off a year-long focus on Target Earth.
Bill Nye Pays Tribute to Mercury in New Planetary Radio Segment (January 14, 2008)
In a special segment of Planetary Radio, Bill Nye celebrates MESSENGER's flyby of Mercury.
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