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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: OSIRIS-REx Sample Site Picked, Easy-Access Water Ice on Mars

Jason Davis • December 13, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: ExoMars Rover Testing, Bennu's Mysterious Particle Ejections

Jason Davis • December 06, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The December Solstice 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2019

Featuring an article by Abigail Fraeman on what the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity taught us, and one by Javier Gómez-Elvira on the next steps in the search for life on Mars.

A New Understanding

Abigail Fraeman • December 04, 2019

Abigail Fraeman examines how the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, changed our view of Mars.

What Comes Next on Mars?

Javier Gómez-Elvira • December 04, 2019

Javier Gómez-Elvira anticipates the next phase of the search for life on the Red Planet.

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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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