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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: Spitzer Says So Long, Voyager 2 Recovering after Glitch

Jason Davis • January 31, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

Star Trek: Picard Gets the Martian Landscape Right

Emily Lakdawalla • January 29, 2020

The visual effects for the new television series Star Trek: Picard show a wonderfully realistic Mars in panoramic views that obviously rely upon NASA and ESA imagery. This article is spoiler-free except for the disclosure of an important event depicted in the opening moments of the show.

Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?

Casey Dreier • January 26, 2020

New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would radically shift NASA's human spaceflight efforts away from the Moon and back to Mars.

The Downlink: Crew Dragon Completes Crucial Test, More Mars Mole Problems

Jason Davis • January 24, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Ganymede's North Pole, A New Asteroid to Explore

Jason Davis • January 17, 2020

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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