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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.

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

LIFE Ready to Launch on Endeavour's Last Flight (May 13, 2011)

Shuttle LIFE will add a host of microscopic space travelers to Endeavour's passenger manifest when the Planetary Society experiment launches aboard the space shuttle on May 16.

Shuttle LIFE Ready to Launch (April 27, 2011)

In addition to astronauts, Endeavour will carry a legion of microscopic passengers in the Planetary Society's Shuttle LIFE experiment when the space shuttle launches on its last flight on April 29.

Great News About Messenger (March 17, 2011)

The Planetary Society has issued a statement regarding MESSENGER's successful orbital insertion at Mercury.

Planetary Society Statement on the Planetary Science Decadal Survey for 2013-2022 (March 7, 2011)

The Planetary Science Decadal Survey committee faced a nearly impossible task: to set priorities for NASA�s robotic exploration within a tight budget. They did a great job in laying out a plan for space missions over the next decade and reached consensus on their recommendations�no small achievement in itself.

Planetary Society Weighs in on NASA Budget (February 14, 2011)

NASA today announced its budget request for fiscal year 2012. The Planetary Society issued the a statement on it.

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