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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 Announces Largest Award Ever to Asteroid Observers Through Global Grant Program (March 12, 2018)

The Planetary Society today announced its largest financial contribution ever to the winners of its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program.

The Planetary Society Celebrates Space Science Finding: Haumea’s Rings (October 11, 2017)

In response to new findings pertaining to distant dwarf planet Haumea, announced today in Nature, The Planetary Society issued the following press statement.

The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla Receives Honorary Degree from The Open University (September 22, 2017)

London, England (22 September 2017) – The Open University, the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, presented an honorary degree of Doctor of the University to science writer and educator Emily Lakdawalla, in recognition of her excellence in planetary and space science communication.

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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.

Calling All Image Processors: Help Us Create a Top-Down View of LightSail 2

Jason Davis • September 06, 2019

We've got 2 fish-eye pictures of the spacecraft's solar sail from opposite cameras, and we're hoping they can be combined.

The September Equinox 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2019

A new issue of The Planetary Report brings you our pride in the success of LightSail 2 and our gratitude to our members for making it happen. Plus Venus science from Akatsuki and Venus Express, and the status of planetary defense.

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.

Where We Are

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2019

We lost and gained spacecraft at the Moon last quarter. India’s Chandrayaan-2 left Earth orbit for the Moon on 13 August, and its Vikram lander aims at a 7 September touchdown. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter just celebrated its tenth launch anniversary. China’s smallsat Longjiang-2 crashed on 31 July, ending its successful mission.

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