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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 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.

The Planetary Society Urges ESA's Member States to Fund the Hera Mission (November 22, 2019)

The Planetary Society supports Hera, a mission that would increase humankind's knowledge of its asteroid deflection capability.

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 Named One of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019 (November 21, 2019)

The Planetary Society is proud to announce their crowdfunded solar sailing spacecraft, LightSail 2, has been recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019.

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Recent Blogs

Our Responsibility to Deal more Kindly with One Another

Bill Nye • March 25, 2020

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye shares how the Society is responding to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world.

A Conversation with Ann Druyan and a Fix for InSight

The Planetary Society • March 20, 2020

Did you know you can see Jupiter in the daytime?

The Possible Worlds of Ann Druyan

The Planetary Society • March 18, 2020

The executive producer, writer, and director of Cosmos and author of the companion book discusses the show’s third season, and why she believes science is the key to a better future

Here's How Scientists Mapped the Perseverance Rover's Landing Site

Corrine Rojas and Sarah Fagents and Samantha Jacob • March 16, 2020

The maps will help plan scientific field trips for the rover as it explores an ancient river delta.

An Epic Mars Panorama and a Space Board Game

The Planetary Society • March 13, 2020

The principal investigator of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission has a new board game, XTRONAUT 2.0: The Game of Solar System Exploration.

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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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