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May 26, 2015Bill Nye & The Planetary Society Issue LightSail™ Test Mission Update
After a successful launch into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket out of Cape Canaveral, The Planetary Society’s LightSail™ spacecraft went silent after two days of communications.
Mar 09, 2015New Details Released for Citizen-Funded LightSail Spacecraft Launch
The Planetary Society’s privately funded LightSail spacecraft has arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., where it will be integrated with an Atlas V rocket scheduled to launch no earlier than May 6.
Jan 26, 2015Planetary Society Announces Test Flight for Privately Funded LightSail Spacecraft
The Planetary Society today announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight. Funded entirely by private citizens, the solar sail satellite will hitch a ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Nov 18, 2014Bill Nye and Planetary Society to Host “Past Life? Present Life? The Future of Solar System Exploration” Event on Capitol Hill
The Planetary Society and its CEO Bill Nye The Science Guy will host expert scientists to explore about the astrobiological significance of exploring Mars and Europa in the United States Senate on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014.
Mar 13, 2014The Planetary Society’s Statement on the FY2015 NASA Budget Request
The Planetary Society cannot fully support the FY2015 NASA Budget Request. While there are some positive aspects, the request imposes unacceptable cuts to the Science Mission Directorate that damage the immediate and long-term health of some of NASA’s most successful programs, particularly planetary exploration. If this budget is passed unchanged, there will be fewer planetary missions in development by 2019 than at any point in the past few decades.
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Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space.
We humans have always looked to the night sky and pondered our place in the cosmos.
We helped launch the new Planetary Science Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., with an exploration exhibition to highlight the range of academic, scientific, and industry partners engaging in planetary exploration. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and its Board of Directors were there to welcome members of Congress and hundreds of staff and policy experts.
The Planetary Society will be at the planning table when Canada's space community regroups after the latest budget release.
Before the State of the Union address, Bill Nye and Planetary Society staff met with sixteen sitting members of Congress. At each meeting they had the opportunity to talk about the importance of space exploration and scientific research.
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