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Welcome to the The Planetary Society's Press Room. Here you'll find the latest information about Society events, programs, personalities, and other news about the exploration of the universe.

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Apr 20, 2022

The Planetary Society Statement on the 2022 Planetary Decadal Survey

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, issued a statement in response to the publication of Origins, Worlds, and Life, A Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023 - 2032.

Mar 16, 2022

The Planetary Society announces first-ever winners of new STEP grant program

The Planetary Society has selected two first-ever winners of its new Science and Technology Empowered by the Public (STEP) grant program. The winning projects are a radio SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) citizen science project and a planetary defense project to use a novel technique to study near-Earth asteroids.

Feb 16, 2022

The Planetary Society awards their largest-ever grant to amateur asteroid hunting community

The Planetary Society announced it will award $74,375 to eight amateur astronomers as part of its Shoemaker Near-Earth Object (NEO) Grant program, named after pioneering planetary geologist Gene Shoemaker.

Sep 28, 2021

Unistellar, SETI Institute & The Planetary Society collaborate to inspire 1 million girls to discover space during World Space Week

In celebration of World Space Week, hosted October 4-10 annually, the New Astronomy pioneers at Unistellar are collaborating with the SETI Institute and The Planetary Society for an ambitious mission to get 1 million girls to discover space. The World Space Week 2021 theme, “Celebrating Women in Space,” honors the contributions and accomplishments of women in the space sector and sciences, giving the next generation the opportunity to be introduced to female role models from all over the world.

Jul 14, 2021

The Planetary Society is selected to receive a $1 million grant from Blue Origin’s Club for the Future

The funds will be used to support the Society’s energetic strategic plan, Space for Everyone, to increase public involvement in advancing planetary exploration, searching for life beyond earth, and defending Earth from dangerous asteroids and comets.

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