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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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NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink (February 13, 2012)

The U.S. Administration is proposing a budget for Fiscal Year 2013 that would force NASA to walk away from planned missions to Mars, delay for decades any flagship missions to the outer planets, and radically slow the pace of scientific discovery, including the search for life on other worlds.

Thirty Percent for Science: Planetary Society Calls for Increased Investment for the Future (January 19, 2012)

The Planetary Society has called on the U.S. Administration to rebalance NASA's portfolio of programs and missions so that Science is given 30 percent of the agency's budget. "Science is the best place to invest in NASA, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye said, "In this era of constrained budgets, we must invest in areas with the greatest possible returns."

Phobos LIFE Set to Re-enter Earth's Atmosphere (January 13, 2012)

Worldwide members of the Planetary Society await the final fate of the Phobos LIFE (Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment) biomodule. Intended to share a roundtrip to Mars' moon Phobos, the tiny experiment became stuck in low Earth orbit when its host--the Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft--failed to set out across interplanetary space.

Phobos LIFE Ready to Launch (November 7, 2011)

Can living organisms survive a terribly harsh, years-long trek to Mars� moon Phobos and then back to Earth? That's the question asked by the Planetary Society's Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment (LIFE) as it prepares to leave for the Red Planet later this month.

Capitol Hill Forum: NASA at a Turning Point (October 27, 2011)

On November 3, 2011, the Planetary Society and the Mars Society are co-sponsoring a Capitol Hill forum titled "NASA at a Turning Point: Vibrant Future or Close Up Shop?" to cast light on decisions being made today that may well darken the future of space exploration.

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