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Press Releases from 2016

Alan Stern & New Horizons Team Receive the Cosmos Award (October 12, 2016)

The Planetary Society today announced New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern and mission team as recipients of the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

The Planetary Society Responds to Proposed Senate Space Policy Bill (September 21, 2016)

The Planetary Society is pleased to see many of our recommendations for NASA’s near-term direction reflected in the Senate’s NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016 (S.3346). As a new Administration enters office in 2017, this bill could help provide important continuity for NASA’s efforts to send humans to Mars and search for life beyond Earth.

The Planetary Society Welcomes Britney Schmidt and Robert Picardo to Board of Directors (June 21, 2016)

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-profit space interest organization, announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Britney Schmidt, assistant professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, and actor Robert Picardo.

The Planetary Society Invites Press to LightSail™ 2 Day in the Life Test (May 2, 2016)

The Planetary Society is preparing for the LightSail 2 mission, with the objective to demonstrate controlled solar sailing. The Day in the Life tests will occur in a cleanroom laboratory environment and an engineering high bay with the objectives to test the spacecraft’s readiness to perform in space.

Bill Nye to Receive National NASA Space Grant Distinguished Service Award (March 2, 2016)

Bill Nye will receive the prestigious Award for his contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education on March 4, 2016 at the Westin Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

OK Go & Planetary Society Partner for “Upside Down and Inside Out” Music Video Release (February 12, 2016)

OK Go -- the band celebrated worldwide for melding music, technology and creativity -- is partnering with The Planetary Society, the world’s largest non-profit space interest group, as the band today unveils its anticipated latest video, “Upside Down and Inside Out.”

The Planetary Society Launches Election 2016 Voter Resource (January 28, 2016)

The Planetary Society has launched a new resource for voters who are passionate about space exploration. This crowd-sourced reference site provides a fully-sourced, growing list of statements made by the presidential candidates regarding NASA and space exploration. The Society has also challenged its members to raise the topic of space with candidates on the campaign trail.

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