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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

Press Conference to Follow Bill Nye Highlight Lecture at International Astronautical Congress (September 20, 2017)

Bill Nye and other LightSail® engineering team members will be available to answer journalists’ questions following the Highlight Lecture and LightSail 2 animation debut.

The Planetary Society Shares Media Resources for Cassini Grand Finale Coverage (September 12, 2017)

The Cassini spacecraft’s end-of-mission on September 15 is an important and riveting topic for global media. The Planetary Society is pleased to provide information, expert analysis and resources to journalists, including through our Bruce Murray Space Image Library.

Planetary Society Statement on NASA’s Intentions to Pursue a Sample Return Mission from Mars (August 29, 2017)

The Planetary Society is greatly encouraged by today’s statements by Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, regarding NASA’s plans for a Mars sample return mission in the 2020s.

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Recent Blogs

LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).

LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 17, 2019

Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.

What the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact Taught Us

Heidi Hammel • July 15, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, multiple fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, changing the face of the planet and the course of planetary science.

Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Andrew Jones • July 11, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.

Planetary Society-funded Technology Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight

Jason Davis • July 11, 2019

PlanetVac, a technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.

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