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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

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.

The Planetary Society Urges ESA's Member States to Fund the Hera Mission (November 22, 2019)

The Planetary Society supports Hera, a mission that would increase humankind's knowledge of its asteroid deflection capability.

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 Named One of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019 (November 21, 2019)

The Planetary Society is proud to announce their crowdfunded solar sailing spacecraft, LightSail 2, has been recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019.

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Recent Blogs

The Downlink: Crew Dragon Completes Crucial Test, More Mars Mole Problems

Jason Davis • January 24, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Ganymede's North Pole, A New Asteroid to Explore

Jason Davis • January 17, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

NASA Rings in the New Year with $22.6 billion

Casey Dreier • January 10, 2020

NASA's final 2020 budget rejected every major cut proposed by the Trump Administration, increased funding for popular congressional projects such as the Space Launch System, and underfunded several key administration proposals, including a human-qualified lunar lander and low-Earth orbit commercialization projects.

Here's What We've Learned So Far from LightSail 2

Jason Davis • January 10, 2020

A new paper recaps mission events, discusses solar sail performance, and describes how the spacecraft's orbit has changed.

The Downlink: New Earth-size Exoplanet Found, Meteor Shower Seen from ISS

Jason Davis • January 10, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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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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