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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

Venus' Watery Past, and Listening to Mars

The Planetary Society • May 08, 2020

The latest in space exploration, from new Europa images to a movie filmed in space, plus some inspiration for at-home space art.

Ten New Pictures from LightSail 2

The Planetary Society • May 04, 2020

Images from around the globe, plus some night pictures and the spacecraft's solar panels.

A Comet Breakup and a Planet Defined

The Planetary Society • May 01, 2020

From space news to vintage tees, here’s everything you need to stay connected to planetary exploration.

A Puffy Planet and a Cat on Titan

The Planetary Society • April 24, 2020

News from the forefront of exploration, plus a collection to help you keep your cosmic calm.

A New Exoplanet and a Martian Helicopter

The Planetary Society • April 17, 2020

Learn all about what’s happening in space exploration, and check out some great space art.

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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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