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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

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Press Releases/Media Alerts

Statement on H.R. 2039, the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 (May 6, 2015)

While there are many good aspects of this legislation, cuts to the Earth Science program prevent The Planetary Society from supporting the NASA Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 as written.

Leaders in Asteroid Tracking/Observing Awarded Through Global Grant Program (April 15, 2015)

The Planetary Society, the world’s leading non-profit space interest group, today announced the 2015 winners of its Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program, an initiative that funds leading asteroid observers, primarily advanced amateurs.

SAVE THE DATE: May 20, 2015 (April 8, 2015)

The press is invited to attend the LightSail spacecraft test launch and related reporting opportunities.

Bill Nye & The Planetary Society Announce “Humans Orbiting Mars” Workshop Results (April 2, 2015)

The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye (The Science Guy®) and members of the Society’s Board of Directors today announced results of the ”Humans Orbiting Mars” workshop.

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.

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Current Projects


CubeSats have made low-cost space missions a reality for universities and research groups. However, these tiny satellites lack propulsion. LightSail will demonstrate the viability of solar sailing for CubeSats.

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Shoemaker Near-Earth Object Grant Program

Planetary Society's Shoemaker Grant program supports astronomers following up potentially hazardous asteroids.

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Planetary Deep Drill

Planetary Deep Drill is the first drill of its kind. Honeybee intends to fulfill one of the biggest needs for subsurface planetary exploration: lightweight, portable drills that pack enough punch to probe deep beneath planetary surfaces.

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