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Planetary Society, NSS Call for Full Funding for NEO Surveyor Asteroid Hunter
NEO Surveyor is a new mission proposal designed to discover and characterize most of the potentially hazardous asteroids that are near the Earth. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A joint-letter in Support of NEO Surveyor
National Space Society
The Planetary Society

As part of our ongoing support for the asteroid-hunting space telescope NEO Surveyor, The Planetary Society recently partnered with the National Space Society to urge Congress to reject cuts to this critical mission.

The project is facing a $130 million cut from its planned FY 2023 budget, which would seriously delay and disrupt the mission.

This letter to Congress reflects the high regard for NEO Surveyor shared by the two largest member-supported space organizations in the world.


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  • June 17, 2022
SpaceOne Industries Propels NFTs into Orbit
Nick Graham and Buzz Aldrin. (Credit: Nick Graham)

By David Bullock
Staff Writer

What happens when you get a fashion icon and combine his passion for space? You get the year-old company SpaceOne Industries started by Nick Graham, former CEO of Joe Boxer and a designer to astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin.

“I’ve always collaborated a lot at NASA. I started SpaceOne and kind of put all these ideas under one roof,” said Nick Graham, CEO of SpaceOne. “I know a lot about how to make stuff and design stuff. The efficiencies of what we can do are technologically pretty good. We could source anything from around the world, The design and graphics are pretty much drawn by me. So, we’re lean and mean and efficient.“


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  • May 29, 2022
Launching in the Metaverse, SPACEONE Industries Releases NFTs and Wearables Activated to Mint From Space

NFTs and Decentraland wearables with a galactic level of utility activated to mint from space come with Metaverse and in-real-life experiences and wearables.

Portion of proceeds to benefit The Planetary Society in support of space education


NEW YORK (SPACEONE Industries PR) — SPACEONE Industries, in conjunction with Banquet Labs and Prager Metis CPAs, today released MetaMission One (MM1), a unique collaboration behind the first-ever limited-edition ASTRO CHIP NFTs and digital wearables that are activated to mint by an Application Programming Interface (API) from space. The packages also come with the world’s first AR/NFT in-real-life (IRL) bomber jacket that contains augmented reality and blockchain authentication.


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  • April 20, 2022
LightSail 2 Enters Extended Mission Phase
LightSail with its solar sail deployed. (Credit: The Planetary Society)

PASADENA, Calif. (The Planetary Society PR) — One year after launching into space, The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has completed its primary mission phase and is embarking on an extended mission dedicated to further advancing solar sailing technology. 


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  • July 5, 2020
Planetary Society Says LightSail 2 Demonstrated Flight by Light

The Planetary Society says that its LightSail 2 satellite has demonstrated the ability to change its orbit by the power of light. Since unfurling the spacecraft’s silver solar sail last week, mission managers have been optimizing the way the spacecraft orients itself during solar sailing. After a few tweaks, LightSail 2 began raising its orbit around the Earth. In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high […]

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  • August 1, 2019
Picture and Animations of LightSail 2 Deployed

This image was taken during the LightSail 2 sail deployment sequence on 23 July 2019 at 11:48 PDT (18:48 UTC). Baja California and Mexico are visible in the background. LightSail 2’s dual 185-degree fisheye camera lenses can each capture more than half of the sail. This image has been de-distorted and color corrected. LightSail 2 Sail Deployment From Camera 1 View of the deployment of half of LightSail 2’s square […]

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  • July 24, 2019
LightSail 2 Deploys Solar Sail

Update: Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:00 PDT Flight controllers successfully downloaded partial imagery from LightSail 2 this morning that confirm the solar sail is fully deployed. Upon completion of image downlink during subsequent ground station passes, The Planetary Society will issue a full story. New data points from LightSail 2 telemetry show the solar sail was in its expected orientation during ground station overflights. Once the mission team has completed […]

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  • July 24, 2019
Planetary Society-funded PlanetVac Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight
PlanetVac Sample Collection: Attached to a lander leg, PlanetVac collects a surface sample by using an inert gas to move regolith into the sample container. (Credit: The Planetary Society)

PASADENA, Calif. (Planetary Society PR) — PlanetVac, a Planetary Society-funded technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.

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  • July 15, 2019
LightSail 2 Phones Home to Mission Control

LightSail 2 Mission Update July 2, 2019 The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft sprang loose from its Prox-1 carrier vehicle as planned today, and sent its first signals back to mission control at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. The CubeSat, about the size of a loaf of bread, was scheduled to leave Prox-1 precisely 7 days after both spacecraft successfully flew to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy […]

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  • July 2, 2019
A Look at the Payloads in Falcon Heavy’s STP-2 Mission

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its first flight. (Credit: NASA)

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (SpaceX PR) — The Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission, managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), is targeting launch on June 24, 2019, with the launch window opening at 11:30 p.m. ET. Lifting off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, this mission will deliver 24 satellites to space on the DoD’s first ever SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.

The STP-2 mission will be among the most challenging launches in SpaceX history with four separate upper-stage engine burns, three separate deployment orbits, a final propulsive passivation maneuver and a total mission duration of over six hours. In addition, the U.S. Air Force plans to reuse side boosters from the Arabsat-6A Falcon Heavy launch, recovered after a return to launch site landing, making it the first reused Falcon Heavy ever flown for the U.S. Air Force.

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  • June 16, 2019