Press Releases from 2011
Phobos LIFE Ready to Launch (November 7, 2011)
Can living organisms survive a terribly harsh, years-long trek to Mars� moon Phobos and then back to Earth? That's the question asked by the Planetary Society's Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment (LIFE) as it prepares to leave for the Red Planet later this month.
Capitol Hill Forum: NASA at a Turning Point (October 27, 2011)
On November 3, 2011, the Planetary Society and the Mars Society are co-sponsoring a Capitol Hill forum titled "NASA at a Turning Point: Vibrant Future or Close Up Shop?" to cast light on decisions being made today that may well darken the future of space exploration.
Planetary Society President and Popular Blogger Win Awards (October 3, 2011)
Mars Explorer Jim Bell and New Media Journalist Emily Lakdawalla were Honored by the American Astronomical Society�s Division of Planetary Sciences at Annual Meeting.
Bill Nye Storms Congress (September 9, 2011)
Bill Nye, Executive Director of the Planetary Society, delivered more than 20,000 signed petitions supporting space exploration to Congress and the White House. The signatures came from Planetary Society members and supporters around the world.
The End of the Space Shuttle Program (July 21, 2011)
Today, as the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down and returned its crew to Earth, the 30-year-long space shuttle program came to its end.
Planetary Society Welcomes Home Shuttle LIFE Passengers (June 1, 2011)
The Planetary Society welcomes home space shuttle Endeavour and the microscopic passengers it carried in Shuttle LIFE, an experiment designed to test aspects of the transpermia hypothesis -- the ability of microbial life to survive an interplanetary voyage.
Planetary Society Has Role with OSIRIS-REx Mission (May 25, 2011)
NASA has selected the OSIRIS-REx mission as the next New Frontiers mission, and the Planetary Society is excited to announce that it will be involved with many public outreach activities connected with the mission.
Jim Bell and Emily Lakdawalla Win DPS Awards (May 19, 2011)
Two of the Planetary Society's own have won prestigious awards from the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
LIFE Ready to Launch on Endeavour's Last Flight (May 13, 2011)
Shuttle LIFE will add a host of microscopic space travelers to Endeavour's passenger manifest when the Planetary Society experiment launches aboard the space shuttle on May 16.
Shuttle LIFE Ready to Launch (April 27, 2011)
In addition to astronauts, Endeavour will carry a legion of microscopic passengers in the Planetary Society's Shuttle LIFE experiment when the space shuttle launches on its last flight on April 29.
Great News About Messenger (March 17, 2011)
The Planetary Society has issued a statement regarding MESSENGER's successful orbital insertion at Mercury.
The Planetary Science Decadal Survey committee faced a nearly impossible task: to set priorities for NASA�s robotic exploration within a tight budget. They did a great job in laying out a plan for space missions over the next decade and reached consensus on their recommendations�no small achievement in itself.
Planetary Society Weighs in on NASA Budget (February 14, 2011)
NASA today announced its budget request for fiscal year 2012. The Planetary Society issued the a statement on it.
LightSail-1 on NASA Short List for Upcoming Launch (February 9, 2011)
NASA announced this week that the Planetary Society�s LightSail-1 solar sail mission is on their short list for upcoming launch opportunities. The missions selected are Cubesats destined for piggyback launches as part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.
Bill Nye Thanks Kepler Team for Planetary Bonanza (February 2, 2011)
NASA announced today that the Kepler mission has discovered an astounding number of new potential planets -- over 1000 worlds, 54 of them in solar system regions where liquid water might exist.
Measure Stardust's Journey (February 1, 2011)
NASA's Stardust spacecraft will fly past Comet Tempel 1 on February 15 (4:00 UTC), which will be February 14 here in the United States. Stardust left Earth 12 years ago, an odyssey that has carried it past a comet, back to Earth, and on a course to a second comet under a new name � Stardust-NExT (New Exploration of Tempel 1).
Planetary Society Congratulates NanoSail-D Team (January 21, 2011)
NASA has now confirmed that their NanoSail-D satellite has deployed its 100-square-foot sail in low-Earth orbit.
Planetary Society Statement Regarding Representative Giffords (January 10, 2011)
The Planetary Society offers a statement regarding the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Our LightSail test mission was successfully completed and our Kickstarter campaign ended June 26th, raising $1.24 million dollars for LightSail's 2016 solar sailing mission! Miss the Kickstarter campaign, but still want to donate? You can!