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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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To join our media list, or for more information about our news, please contact Danielle Gunn at press@planetary.org or 626-793-5100.

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.

Bill Nye & The Planetary Society Issue LightSail™ Test Mission Update (May 26, 2015)

After a successful launch into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket out of Cape Canaveral, The Planetary Society’s LightSail™ spacecraft went silent after two days of communications.

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Recent Blogs

Your Impact: June 2020 Solstice

The Planetary Society • June 22, 2020

We're celebrating a successful Day of Action in Washington D.C., remembering SETI@home, and looking forward to LightSail 2's extended mission.

Our Commitment to Work Against Racism

Bill Nye • June 05, 2020

Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space.

Your Impact

The Planetary Society • March 10, 2020

Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.

Creating A Movement for Space

Jennifer Vaughn • November 30, 2019

A look back at The Planetary Society's founding documents and the origins of the organization.

Here's How I'm Celebrating 53 Years of Star Trek

Robert Picardo • September 08, 2019

Star Trek Voyager Emergency Medical Hologram and Planetary Society Board member Robert Picardo uncovers rare Star Trek artifacts at The Planetary Society.

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Bill Nye Head Shot Dark 2015
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Bill Nye and the World 2015 (2)
Bill Nye and the World 2015 (2)

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Bill Nye with LightSail Model
Bill Nye with LightSail Model

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Bill Nye Thinking 2015
Bill Nye Thinking 2015

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Current Projects

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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