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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.

Congress Rejects Cuts to Planetary Exploration…Again (January 14, 2014)

The FY2014 Omnibus spending bill, now before the U.S. Congress, once again rejects cuts to NASA’s Planetary Science Division that were sought by the White House. The Planetary Society commends Congress for this action, and strongly encourages the White House to prioritize Planetary Science in its future budget requests commensurate with its strong public and legislative support. The Society supports the passage of this bill for its additional Planetary Science funding as well as its overall funding levels allocated for NASA.

Europa Beckons (December 12, 2013)

In light of the recent discovery that Europa is likely shooting plumes of vaporized water into space, The Planetary Society believes that the time is now for a new mission to explore this enigmatic moon.

Bill Nye Calls on President Obama to Embrace Planetary Exploration for NASA’s Future (December 9, 2013)

Bill Nye the Science Guy and CEO of The Planetary Society sent President Barack Obama an open letter last week, asking him to move the country’s space program forward by embracing planetary exploration at NASA.

Planetary Society Statement on Planetary Science Funding in the House Draft 2013 Authorization Bill (June 19, 2013)

The Planetary Society strongly supports the language funding Planetary Science and commitment to the Decadal Survey in the House's 2013 Draft NASA Authorization Act.

The Planetary Society Announces Conditional Support of NASA's Asteroid Mission (May 15, 2013)

The Planetary Society conditionally supports NASA's plan to capture a small asteroid and place it in lunar orbit. The mission spurs investment in technologies crucial to solar system exploration, such as very large solar-electric propulsion systems and automated deep-space operations, and in enhanced and expanded ways to detect and monitor asteroids. Our support is conditional on the requirement that Congress and the White House must provide proper funding for this mission that does not raid existing, high-priority science missions within NASA.

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