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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

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!

Planetary Society-funded Technology Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight (July 11, 2019)

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

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Recent Blogs

The Best Gifts for Space Fans, According to 12 Scientists, Engineers and Educators

The Planetary Society • November 20, 2019

The Planetary Society's 2019 holiday gift guide will help you find space-themed gifts for kids and adults.

China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space

Andrew Jones • November 19, 2019

The mission includes a flyby of Neptune and measurements of the heliosphere, the electrically charged gas bubble surrounding our solar system

The Downlink: Mercury Transits the Sun, Hayabusa2 Leaves Ryugu

Jason Davis • November 15, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2019

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2019

Welcome to my 11th annual list of recommended space books for kids! This year I had more than 80 books to read, and I've winnowed the list to recommend 29. There are books for all ages from 0 to 18 and beyond.

The Downlink: Southern Sky from Space, Apollo Moon Sample Opened

Jason Davis • November 08, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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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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The Planetary Society's Shoemaker NEO Grant program helps astronomers find, track and characterize near-Earth objects.

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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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