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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

Mar 28, 2000

Planetary Society Calls for Cool Heads in Heated NASA Debate

NASA seems ready to postpone the next Mars lander mission from 2001 to 2003, and the Mars sample return mission, previously scheduled for 2005, will be restructured. However, the Mars orbiter planned for launch in 2001 still seems on track.

Feb 03, 2000

Planetary Society Celebrates NEAR's Tryst with Eros

When the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft arrives at an asteroid called Eros, The Planetary Society, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, will host two special events in Laurel, Maryland.

Jul 28, 1999

Spacecraft Target Asteroid Named in Planetary Society Contest

The target of NASA's Deep Space 1 mission now has a name: 9969 Braille, after Louis Braille, the inventor of the language system that enables sightless people to read.

Jan 19, 1999

Planetary Society Turns Eyes to the Skies for ET

The Planetary Society will turn eyes to the skies to scan for possible light signals with three new optical SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) programs.

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Latest Articles on planetary.org

Funpost! Audio diaries from simulated Mars

The Habitat is a new podcast about a year-long HI-SEAS mission in Hawaii.

The curious case of the Apollo 4 Earth images

Revisiting images of Earth taken from the uncrewed Apollo 4 command module in 1967.

How are we preparing astronauts for a return to the Moon?

Returning to the Moon won’t be easy, even though we’ve been there before.

Mastcam-Z team blog: We've got flight hardware!

Right after the last Mastcam-Z team meeting a year ago (link here to last two blog posts), our team finalized the design of the cameras, and then the fantastic voyage of creating Martian panoramic zoom cameras began.

Chang'e 4 relay satellite, Queqiao: A bridge between Earth and the mysterious lunar farside

China's fourth lunar mission, Chang’e 4, is expected to begin on May 21 with the launch of a Long March 4C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest of China. The launch will carry a spacecraft named Queqiao, which will serve as a communication relay satellite between Earth and the lunar farside.

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