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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 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.

The Planetary Society Announces Media Resources for New Horizons Flyby of Ultima Thule (December 19, 2018)

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is poised to make exploration history. As 2019 begins, it will fly past 2014 MU69, the most distant world ever explored.

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Recent Blogs

The Downlink: NASA Considers Missions to Venus, Io, and Triton

Jason Davis • February 14, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

161 meetings. 115 members. 28 states. 1 Day of Action.

Casey Dreier • February 13, 2020

More than one hundred Planetary Society members from near and far advocated for space science and exploration in Washington, D.C. on 10 February 2020.

The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Ship, Christina Koch Sets New Record

Jason Davis • February 07, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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.

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