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Press Releases from 2017

The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla Receives Honorary Degree from The Open University (September 22, 2017)

London, England (22 September 2017) – The Open University, the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, presented an honorary degree of Doctor of the University to science writer and educator Emily Lakdawalla, in recognition of her excellence in planetary and space science communication.

Press Conference to Follow Bill Nye Highlight Lecture at International Astronautical Congress (September 20, 2017)

Bill Nye and other LightSail® engineering team members will be available to answer journalists’ questions following the Highlight Lecture and LightSail 2 animation debut.

The Planetary Society Shares Media Resources for Cassini Grand Finale Coverage (September 12, 2017)

The Cassini spacecraft’s end-of-mission on September 15 is an important and riveting topic for global media. The Planetary Society is pleased to provide information, expert analysis and resources to journalists, including through our Bruce Murray Space Image Library.

Planetary Society Statement on NASA’s Intentions to Pursue a Sample Return Mission from Mars (August 29, 2017)

The Planetary Society is greatly encouraged by today’s statements by Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, regarding NASA’s plans for a Mars sample return mission in the 2020s.

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye Releases Statement on Total Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2017)

Planetary CEO Bill Nye issued the following statement from Homestead National Monument to celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse.

Bill Nye, National Park Service & Science Experts Host North American Eclipse Press Conference (August 14, 2017)

Bill Nye (The Science Guy™), Planetary Society CEO, will join U.S. National Park Rangers, Junior Rangers and NASA space science experts at Homestead National Monument of America to celebrate and educate audiences during the North American Eclipse.

The Planetary Society & U.S. National Park Service Unveil New Eclipse Resources (August 7, 2017)

The U.S. National Park Service, The Planetary Society and CEO Bill Nye (The Science Guy®) are partnering to deliver a safe, inspiring and educational experience to kids, adults and families.

Bill Nye joins Junior Rangers for Total Eclipse of the Sun (June 14, 2017)

Bill Nye – The Science Guy® and CEO of the Planetary Society – will join park rangers and celebrated science educators as part of a three-day festival focused on the Total Eclipse of the Sun at Homestead National Monument of America in August.

Planetary Society CEO, President Respond to the Signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (May 8, 2017)

A statement in response to the enactment of HR.244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.

Bill Nye Joins March for Science as Honorary Co-chair, Speaker (March 30, 2017)

The Planetary Society today announced that CEO Bill Nye (The Science Guy®) will join the global March for Science as a speaker and honorary Co-chair.

World Premiere of “Bill Nye: Science Guy” Film at SXSW Film Festival (March 10, 2017)

Bill Nye is retiring his kid show act in a bid to become more like his late professor, astronomer Carl Sagan. Can Bill show the world why science matters in a culture increasingly indifferent to evidence?

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