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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 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

Dive deep into the history of planetary exploration funding

Casey Dreier • April 08, 2020

This unique, comprehensive dataset includes the full budget history, by year, of every NASA planetary science mission and related activities.

A Voyage to Mercury, and the Latest in Space Policy

The Planetary Society • April 03, 2020

Plus space backgrounds for your work-at-home meetings

Video Chat From Outer Space With These Custom Wallpapers

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2020

Since some services like Zoom allow you to create virtual backgrounds, The Planetary Society offers you the opportunity to take your home office to Mars, or the Moon, or other fun places in space.

Space to Comfort, Teach, Share, and Escape

The Planetary Society • March 27, 2020

Plus a high-res map of Bennu, a virtual space party, and more

Our Responsibility to Deal more Kindly with One Another

Bill Nye • March 25, 2020

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye shares how the Society is responding to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world.

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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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