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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

Retired NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin and Bill Nye Discuss Space Exploration, Racial Injustice (June 12, 2020)

A personal discussion that examines the differences in experience between Bill Nye, who is white, and retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, who is Black, and how that has affected their work in space exploration.

The Planetary Society Celebrates Successful Crew Dragon Launch (May 30, 2020)

Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on today’s exhilarating launch! We’re thrilled to witness this new era of human spaceflight.

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.

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Recent Blogs

Mars in all its glory, and a planet as hot as a star

The Planetary Society • July 03, 2020

Dive into Mars mania and catch up on this week's space exploration updates.

Asteroids, Asteroids, Asteroids!

The Planetary Society • June 25, 2020

Gear up for Asteroid Day on 30 June, explore the latest issue of The Planetary Report, and get your fill of space news for the week.

Sample Return Roundup

Emily Lakdawalla • June 22, 2020

It's a banner year for sample return missions. In 2020, China, Japan, and the United States are all scheduled to have sample return missions in flight, seeking to retrieve material from near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, and eventually Mars.

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.

Pictures of Earth

The Planetary Society • June 22, 2020

During this singular moment in history as the entire world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be appropriate to share some of our favorite pictures of Earth from space.

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Bill Nye Head Shot Dark 2015
Bill Nye Head Shot Dark 2015

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Bill Nye and the World 2015 (2)
Bill Nye and the World 2015 (2)

F. Scott Schafer

Bill Nye with LightSail Model
Bill Nye with LightSail Model

F. Scott Schafer

Bill Nye Thinking 2015
Bill Nye Thinking 2015

F. Scott Schafer

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

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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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