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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 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.

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.

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Recent Blogs

Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2020

A new and improved map of all the places on Mars where we have landed—or crashed—plus the planned locations for the landings of the future Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin Mars rovers.

Weather Scrubs a Launch, Forms Mars Dunes, and Inspires Art

The Planetary Society • May 29, 2020

Get ready for the rescheduled Crew Dragon launch and catch up on the highlights of the week in space.

Martian Mud and a Milestone in Human Spaceflight

The Planetary Society • May 22, 2020

Get your space exploration news and see what happens when you leave paint on the launchpad.

The Bold Plan to See Continents and Oceans on Another Earth

Nancy Atkinson • May 21, 2020

A group of researchers, backed by NASA funding, wants to use solar sails and the Sun's gravity to capture an image of an exoplanet so sharp we can see continents, oceans, and clouds.

Your Guide to Crew Dragon's First Astronaut Flight

The Planetary Society • May 20, 2020

SpaceX launched NASA astronauts on the first crewed commercial flight to the International Space Station. Read the backstory on this important milestone, and learn how you can get involved.

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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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