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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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For more information on any of these releases, contact Erin Greeson at 626-793-5100 or via email at erin.greeson@planetary.org.

New Details Released for Citizen-Funded LightSail Spacecraft Launch (March 9, 2015)

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.

The Planetary Society Supports FY2016 Budget Request for NASA (February 4, 2015)

In response to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Presidential Budget Request, The Planetary Society issued the following statement

Planetary Society Announces Test Flight for Privately Funded LightSail Spacecraft (January 26, 2015)

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.

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society Praise NASA Funding in the CRomnibus (December 10, 2014)

In response to yesterday’s release of the so-called “CRomnibus” spending bill in the U.S. Congress, The Planetary Society’s CEO Bill Nye issued the following statement.

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