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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 Welcomes Bethany Ehlmann to Board of Directors (February 20, 2019)

The Planetary Society announced the appointment of Bethany Ehlmann, professor of planetary science at Caltech and research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to its Board of Directors.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statements on End of Opportunity Rover Operations (February 13, 2019)

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, issued the following statement in reaction to the formal end of operations of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

The Planetary Society Releases Official Statement on Partial Government Shutdown (January 24, 2019)

Pasadena, CA (January 24, 2019) — The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, issued the following statements opposing the partial government shutdown.

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Recent Blogs

The Downlink: Shields Up for James Webb, Breakthrough Eyes New SETI Targets

Jason Davis • October 25, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: A Historic All-Woman Spacewalk, Hubble Spies Interstellar Comet

Jason Davis • October 18, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

“I Talk to It Every Day”: Students are Vital Members of LightSail 2 Team

Jason Davis • October 17, 2019

More than 50,000 people supported LightSail 2. But only one person can talk to the spacecraft at a time, and it's often a student.

In 1983, Carl Sagan Urged NASA to Send a Mission to Saturn and Titan

Carl Sagan • October 15, 2019

"We very much hope that NASA will be able to make an early commitment to such a mission," wrote Sagan to administrator James Beggs.

The Downlink: NASA Works to Save Mars Experiment, Saturn Gets 20 New Moons

Jason Davis • October 11, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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