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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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Press Releases/Media Alerts

Planetary Society Members Travel to Washington to Push for Investment in NASA (February 10, 2020)

The Planetary Society's annual Day of Action brought 115 space advocates from 28 states to Washington, D.C. on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Planetary Society Statement on H.R. 5666, the NASA Authorization Act of 2020 (January 28, 2020)

Though it contains many important provisions for space science and exploration, The Planetary Society is concerned that H.R. 5666, as written, could disrupt and delay a planned return of U.S. astronauts to deep space.

The Planetary Society Awards Nearly $58,000 to Amateur Asteroid Hunters (December 18, 2019)

The Planetary Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant program.

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Recent Blogs

The Downlink: Mars Rover Unpacked in Florida, New Data from Search for Life

The Planetary Society • February 21, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: NASA Considers Missions to Venus, Io, and Triton

Jason Davis • February 14, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

161 meetings. 115 members. 28 states. 1 Day of Action.

Casey Dreier • February 13, 2020

More than one hundred Planetary Society members from near and far advocated for space science and exploration in Washington, D.C. on 10 February 2020.

The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Ship, Christina Koch Sets New Record

Jason Davis • February 07, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Spitzer Says So Long, Voyager 2 Recovering after Glitch

Jason Davis • January 31, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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