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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 Celebrates Launch of LightSail 2 (June 25, 2019)

LightSail 2 is officially in space! The Planetary Society's solar sail CubeSat lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 25 June at 02:30 EDT (06:30 UTC). The late-night launch came courtesy of SpaceX's triple-booster Falcon Heavy rocket, which was carrying 24 spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.

Media Invited to LightSail 2 Press Teleconference with Bill Nye and Mission Team (June 17, 2019)

The Planetary Society will send a crowdfunded spacecraft called LightSail 2 on a historic mission to demonstrate solar sailing around the Earth on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch.

The Planetary Society Releases New Apollo Cost Analysis (June 14, 2019)

In advance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, The Planetary Society released comprehensive new cost analysis and Apollo mission resources.

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Recent Blogs

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

Jason Davis • November 08, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

How to See the 2019 Mercury Transit

Bruce Betts • November 07, 2019

A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun occurs 11 November 2019. Here’s a guide to when and how to observe Mercury's small disk crossing the Sun.

What Are Your Space Life Goals?

Kate Howells • November 04, 2019

The Planetary Society wants your ideas for building the ultimate list of must-do space experiences.

Planetary Society Talks Europa, Planetary Defense, and Solar Sailing in Washington D.C.

Jason Davis • November 01, 2019

Thanks to our members and donors, The Planetary Society participated in several activities at the 2019 International Astronautical Conference.

The Downlink: A New Look at Asteroid Hygiea, Setback for InSight

Jason Davis • November 01, 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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