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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 Welcomes Brendan Curry to Lead Washington Operations (November 19, 2018)

The Planetary Society announced the appointment of Brendan Curry as Chief of Washington Operations.

The Planetary Society Announces Media Resources and Events for Mars InSight Landing (November 14, 2018)

On 26 November 2018 just before noon Pacific (3:00 p.m. ET / 20:00 UTC), NASA’s InSight lander will descend through Mars’ atmosphere and hopefully touch down softly on the surface of Mars.

The Planetary Society Shares Media Resources for BepiColombo Launch Toward Mercury (October 15, 2018)

On or after 20 October 2018, Europe and Japan are launching spacecraft together toward Mercury.

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Recent Blogs

Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?

Casey Dreier • January 26, 2020

New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would radically shift NASA's human spaceflight efforts away from the Moon and back to Mars.

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.

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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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