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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

NASA Space Mission Leader Launches Space Science Board Game (February 27, 2020)

Xtronaut Enterprises, co-founded by University of Arizona Professor Dante Lauretta, the Principal Investigator of the NASA OSIRIS-REx space mission, launches its new board game on Kickstarter—Xtronaut 2.0: The Game of Solar System Exploration—a game where players build and launch rockets to complete space missions throughout the solar system, based on scientifically accurate rocket science.

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.

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Recent Blogs

A Voyage to Mercury, and the Latest in Space Policy

The Planetary Society • April 03, 2020

Plus space backgrounds for your work-at-home meetings

Video Chat From Outer Space With These Custom Wallpapers

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2020

Since some services like Zoom allow you to create virtual backgrounds, I thought I might offer you the opportunity to take your home office to Mars, or the Moon, or other fun places in space.

Space to Comfort, Teach, Share, and Escape

The Planetary Society • March 27, 2020

Plus a high-res map of Bennu, a virtual space party, and more

Our Responsibility to Deal more Kindly with One Another

Bill Nye • March 25, 2020

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye shares how the Society is responding to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world.

A Conversation with Ann Druyan and a Fix for InSight

The Planetary Society • March 20, 2020

Did you know you can see Jupiter in the daytime?

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CubeSats have made low-cost space missions a reality for universities and research groups. However, these tiny satellites lack propulsion. LightSail will demonstrate the viability of solar sailing for CubeSats.

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