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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.

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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

Press Statement: CEO Bill Nye Responds to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Anomaly (October 31, 2014)

The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye released a statement in response to today's SpaceShipTwo accident.

Honeybee Robotics and The Planetary Society Partner to Develop and Test Planetary Deep Drill System (October 28, 2014)

With the support of The Planetary Society, Honeybee Robotics is developing and testing a new Planetary Deep Drill system, a lightweight, portable drill designed eventually to reach kilometers below the surface of icy bodies such as Europa, Enceladus, Titan, and the Mars polar caps.

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society Host Canadian Space Program Celebration
 (September 23, 2014)

On the evening of Wednesday, October 1, 2014, live local and online audiences will head for the final frontier for a lively celebration of Canada’s space science achievements.

The Planetary Society Applauds ESA for Rosetta's Successful Comet Rendezvous (August 6, 2014)

The Planetary Society congratulates the European Space Agency on its Rosetta spacecraft arriving at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.

LightSail has a launch date! (July 9, 2014)

The Planetary Society announces that its LightSail solar sail spacecraft will reach space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch in 2016.

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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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