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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

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light (July 31, 2019)

The Planetary Society's crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is successfully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Media Advisory: LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail (July 24, 2019)

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has successfully deployed the large, aluminized Mylar sail it will use to raise its orbit solely with sunlight.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statements on End of Opportunity Rover Operations (February 13, 2019)

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, issued the following statement in reaction to the formal end of operations of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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Recent Blogs

India's Vikram Spacecraft Apparently Crash-Lands on Moon

Jason Davis • September 06, 2019

Communications were lost with the lander, which was carrying a small rover named Pragyan to the lunar surface.

Your Impact: Mission Success!

The Planetary Society • September 03, 2019

Your LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Venus’ Ocean of Air and Clouds

Javier Peralta • September 03, 2019

Javier Peralta plumbs the depths of Venus’ atmosphere through the eyes of the Venus Express and Akatsuki orbiters.

OSIRIS-REx Team Picks 4 Candidate Sample Sites on Asteroid Bennu

Jason Davis • August 15, 2019

The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.

Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Andrew Jones • July 11, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.

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LightSail

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.

Shoemaker NEO Grant Program

The Planetary Society's Shoemaker NEO Grant program helps astronomers find, track and characterize near-Earth objects.

Planetary Deep Drill

Planetary Deep Drill is designed to explore tens, hundreds or even thousands of meters below the Martian polar ice caps and Europa's icy crust.

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