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The Planetary Society Celebrates Space Science Finding: Haumea’s Rings (October 11, 2017)

In response to new findings pertaining to distant dwarf planet Haumea, announced today in Nature, The Planetary Society issued the following press statement.

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?

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.

The Planetary Society & CEO Bill Nye Congratulate ExoMars Mission Team (December 16, 2015)

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscomos today launched the first mission of the ExoMars program aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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 Encouraged by U.S. FY2017 Budget Request for NASA, Supports Continued Growth (December 16, 2015)

In response to U.S. President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request, The Planetary Society issued statements from Bill Nye, CEO, and Casey Dreier, director of space policy.

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