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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

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.

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.

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Recent Blogs

NASA Rings in the New Year with $22.6 billion

Casey Dreier • January 10, 2020

NASA's final 2020 budget rejected every major cut proposed by the Trump Administration, increased funding for popular congressional projects such as the Space Launch System, and underfunded several key administration proposals, including a human-qualified lunar lander and low-Earth orbit commercialization projects.

Here's What We've Learned So Far from LightSail 2

Jason Davis • January 10, 2020

A new paper recaps mission events, discusses solar sail performance, and describes how the spacecraft's orbit has changed.

The Downlink: New Earth-size Exoplanet Found, Meteor Shower Seen from ISS

Jason Davis • January 10, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Rove, India to Build Second Lunar Lander

Jason Davis • January 03, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: CHEOPS Exoplanet Mission Launches, ISS Test Flight Goes Awry

Jason Davis • December 20, 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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