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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 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

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.

Our Commitment to Work Against Racism

Bill Nye • June 05, 2020

Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space.

Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2020

The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we've landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

Weather Scrubs a Launch, Forms Mars Dunes, and Inspires Art

The Planetary Society • May 29, 2020

Get ready for the rescheduled Crew Dragon launch and catch up on the highlights of the week in space.

Martian Mud and a Milestone in Human Spaceflight

The Planetary Society • May 22, 2020

Get your space exploration news and see what happens when you leave paint on the launchpad.

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Bill Nye with LightSail Model

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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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