Press Room

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

Jun 12, 2020

Retired NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin and Bill Nye Discuss Space Exploration, Racial Injustice

A personal discussion that examines the differences in experience between Bill Nye, who is white, and retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, who is Black, and how that has affected their work in space exploration.

May 30, 2020

The Planetary Society Celebrates Successful Crew Dragon Launch

Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX on today’s exhilarating launch! We’re thrilled to witness this new era of human spaceflight.

Feb 27, 2020

NASA Space Mission Leader Launches Space Science Board Game

Xtronaut Enterprises, co-founded by University of Arizona Professor Dante Lauretta, the Principal Investigator of the NASA OSIRIS-REx space mission, launches its new board game on Kickstarter—Xtronaut 2.0: The Game of Solar System Exploration—a game where players build and launch rockets to complete space missions throughout the solar system, based on scientifically accurate rocket science.

Feb 10, 2020

Planetary Society Members Travel to Washington to Push for Investment in NASA

The Planetary Society's annual Day of Action brought 115 space advocates from 28 states to Washington, D.C. on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Jan 28, 2020

Planetary Society Statement on H.R. 5666, the NASA Authorization Act of 2020

Though it contains many important provisions for space science and exploration, The Planetary Society is concerned that H.R. 5666, as written, could disrupt and delay a planned return of U.S. astronauts to deep space.

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Latest Articles on planetary.org

Aliens at Proxima Centauri? A New Radio Signal Raises the Question

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, so here are the reasons why there may or may not be aliens in our cosmic backyard.

NASA Abruptly Delays a Critical Planetary Defense Mission

A space telescope that would find thousands of potential "city-killer" size asteroids was abruptly delayed due to unspecified and unrelated funding issues within NASA's science division.

Calibrating Mars

Two colorful calibration targets will help scientists measure what the Perseverance rover sees on Mars.

Your Impact: December Solstice 2020

We're celebrating a congressional nod, PlanetVac's upcoming trip to the Moon and Mars, and more.

The Year 2020 in Pictures

These pictures helped us find hope and perseverance during a tough year on planet Earth.

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Bill Nye Head Shot - Dark
Bill Nye Head Shot - Dark F. Scott Schafer
Bill Nye and the World
Bill Nye and the World F. Scott Schafer
Bill Nye with LightSail Model
Bill Nye with LightSail Model F. Scott Schafer
Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society
Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society F. Scott Schafer

The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

The Planetary Society’s Bruce Murray Space Image Library is a unique collection of photos and videos from the world’s space agencies, as well as artwork, diagrams, and amateur-processed space images, many of which are not available elsewhere.