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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

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.

Planetary Society Statement on H.R. 5666, the NASA Authorization Act of 2020 (January 28, 2020)

Though it contains many important provisions for space science and exploration, The Planetary Society is concerned that H.R. 5666, as written, could disrupt and delay a planned return of U.S. astronauts to deep space.

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.

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Recent Blogs

A Ring of Fire and Titan's Explosive Volcanoes

The Planetary Society • June 19, 2020

All the latest space news, plus ways you can celebrate and advocate for space.

What Is a Solar Eclipse? Your Questions Answered.

Bruce Betts • June 19, 2020

Your guide to total, partial, and annular eclipses: what causes them, what you'll see, and when the next one will happen.

LightSail 2 Enters Extended Mission Phase

The Planetary Society • June 17, 2020

One year after launch, The Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft is embarking on an extended mission dedicated to further advancing solar sailing technology.

Perseverance, Optimism, and an Undeniably Cool Poster

The Planetary Society • June 12, 2020

The week’s space news, plus action you can take to advance exploration.

Committed to Doing the Work

The Planetary Society • June 05, 2020

Our initial plans to proactively work against racism, along with the week’s space news.

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Current Projects

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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