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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

The Planetary Society to Announce Major Solar Sailing Milestone (July 30, 2019)

The Planetary Society will make a major announcement about its crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 during a media teleconference.

Media Advisory: LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail (July 24, 2019)

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has successfully deployed the large, aluminized Mylar sail it will use to raise its orbit solely with sunlight.

Media Advisory: LightSail 2 Will Attempt Solar Sail Deployment on Tuesday, July 23 (July 19, 2019)

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft is almost ready to go solar sailing!

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Recent Blogs

The Downlink: Shields Up for James Webb, Breakthrough Eyes New SETI Targets

Jason Davis • October 25, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: A Historic All-Woman Spacewalk, Hubble Spies Interstellar Comet

Jason Davis • October 18, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

“I Talk to It Every Day”: Students are Vital Members of LightSail 2 Team

Jason Davis • October 17, 2019

More than 50,000 people supported LightSail 2. But only one person can talk to the spacecraft at a time, and it's often a student.

In 1983, Carl Sagan Urged NASA to Send a Mission to Saturn and Titan

Carl Sagan • October 15, 2019

"We very much hope that NASA will be able to make an early commitment to such a mission," wrote Sagan to administrator James Beggs.

The Downlink: NASA Works to Save Mars Experiment, Saturn Gets 20 New Moons

Jason Davis • October 11, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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