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Press Releases from 2004

Launch Date Set for Cosmos 1, The World's First Solar Sail Spacecraft (November 9, 2004)

The world's first solar sail spacecraft will be set for launch on March 1, 2005 from a submerged submarine in the Barents Sea.

Planetary Society Announces International Art Contest to Celebrate Huygens Encounter with Saturn's Moon Titan (October 25, 2004)

The Planetary Society invites children and adults to create their own visions of what the Huygens probe will reveal by entering the art contest, "Imagining Titan: Artists Peer Beneath the Veil."

Cosmos 1, The World's First Solar Sail Spacecraft, Achieves Critical Milestone (August 11, 2004)

The Space Research Institute (IKI) in Moscow has completed the qualification of Cosmos 1's flight electronics and tests of mission control software.

SETI Enthusiasts Gather at Harvard (August 4, 2004)

Presentations at "ET, Where Are You?" will range from what we have learned so far to what's next in searching for life - and intelligence - elsewhere in the universe.

Planetary Society Calls for 2-Step Crew Exploration Vehicle Development (July 22, 2004)

The report, "Extending Human Presence into the Solar System," outlines a strategy for the proposed U.S. Space Exploration policy.

Apollo 11 Tribute Kicks Off Planetary Radio on NPR Satellite (July 20, 2004)

Planetary Radio, the weekly space exploration program, begins distribution across the United States on National Public Radio's Public Radio Satellite System on July 20, 2004.

Planetary Society Marks 10th Anniversary of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's Plummet into Jupiter with Funding for New NEO Research (July 14, 2004)

The Planetary Society is marking that anniversary of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's Jupiter impact with a call to asteroid researchers to submit new proposals for the Society's Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants.

Over 600,000 Signatures (and Paw Prints) Orbit Saturn (June 30, 2004)

A small DVD, containing a record of 616,400 handwritten signatures from 81 countries, is mounted on the Cassini orbiter.

Planetary Society Comments on Moon to Mars Commission Report (June 15, 2004)

The President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, more commonly known as the Moon to Mars Commission, will issue their official report soon.

Follow the Adventure of Cassini-Huygens with Planetary Society Web Resource (June 8, 2004)

Up-to-date information about Cassini-Huygens' encounter with Phoebe and mission milestones to come is now available from The Planetary Society.

Planetary Society Convenes International Lunar Meeting (May 21, 2004)

Representatives and specialists from the space agencies of the United States, China, Europe, Japan, and India will discuss ongoing and planned lunar missions in the context of planetary exploration.

Searching for ET at Home (May 17, 2004)

To celebrate SETI@home's 5th anniversary, The Planetary Society is honoring those participants who have processed the greatest amount of data over the past five years.

Planetary Society Aims For Mars! (May 3, 2004)

The Planetary Society, the world's largest space-interest group, is launching the "Aim for Mars!" campaign in support of a new U.S. space policy.

Hidden Mars Messages Found (April 15, 2004)

When the Mars Exploration Rovers were launched last year, The Planetary Society placed on board hidden messages as a public involvement activity.

Planetary Society Student Astronaut Meets Colin Powell in India (March 17, 2004)

Planetary Society Student Astronaut Saatvik Agarwal was invited to meet US Secretary of State Colin Powell on the television show India Questions Tuesday, March 17, 2004.

Sundials on Earth and Mars Mark the Spring Equinox (March 16, 2004)

The Planetary Society invites people worldwide to mark Earth’s Spring Equinox with a vicarious trip around the globe to see special sundials called EarthDials.

Last Chance to Crack the Code for a Message from Mars! (March 5, 2004)

Puzzle-lovers around the world have only one more week to crack the code on the Planetary Society and LEGO Company mini-DVDs mounted on the landers for the twin Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

Planetary Society Adds Lord of the Rings Actor to Advisory Council (February 26, 2004)

Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies has joined The Planetary Society's Advisory Council as its newest member.

MarsDial: The Movie! (February 24, 2004)

Pass the time on Mars with new sundail movies created by The Planetary Society's student astronauts.

Planetary Society Offers Opportunity to Decipher Message on Mars (January 29, 2004)

A Planetary Society mini-DVD mounted on Opportunity, the second of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft, depicts a coded message on its cover.

Congress Urged to Support Humans to Mars Goal Planetary Society Executive Director Testifies at Senate Hearing (January 28, 2004)

The Planetary Society has long advocated many of the steps outlined in the national space policy directive.

The Planetary Society Welcomes the President's New Course for Human Space Exploration (January 14, 2004)

President Bush's proposed changes in the US human spaceflight program include refocusing human spaceflight from Earth-orbital operations to exploration of deep space and a return to the Moon as a proving ground for human exploration of Mars.

What (Mars) Time Is It? (January 8, 2004)

An image of a Mars-based sundial, called a MarsDial, has been processed by The Planetary Society's student astronauts and has just been released by NASA.

Crack the Code for a Message from Mars! (January 8, 2004)

Puzzle-lovers around the world can try cracking the code on a Planetary Society and LEGO Company mini-DVD mounted on Spirit, the first of NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft to land on Mars.

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