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

Nov 21, 2019

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 Named One of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019

The Planetary Society is proud to announce their crowdfunded solar sailing spacecraft, LightSail 2, has been recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2019.

Sep 24, 2019

The Planetary Society Praises NASA’s New Commitment to Planetary Defense

The Planetary Society issued several statements supporting NASA’s proposed investments in planetary defense.

Jul 31, 2019

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

The Planetary Society's crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is successfully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Jul 30, 2019

The Planetary Society to Announce Major Solar Sailing Milestone

The Planetary Society will make a major announcement about its crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 during a media teleconference.

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A Planetary Society Retrospective

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Night Sky Photography for Beginners

An introduction to full-sky astrophotography using a digital camera.

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High-Resolution Photography for Print and Online Purposes

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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.