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Media Alert Planetary Resources Opening the Space Frontier to All

Date: 
05/24/2013

Announcement events begin at Museum on May 29 at 10 a.m.

WHAT:
Planetary Resources' team of engineers who have designed, built and operated spacecraft throughout the Solar System, including all of the recent U.S. Mars landers and rovers, are now developing the most advanced space technology ever and will make it publicly accessible.

A diverse group of supporters, including Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, actor Seth Green, Star Trek's Brent Spiner (Data) and Rob Picardo (The Doctor), Bill Nye the Science Guy, futurist Jason Silva, and MIT astrophysicist Dr. Sara Seager, have joined forces with Planetary Resources to make access to space widely available for exploration and research.

On May 29 at 10:00 a.m. PDT in Seattle, and also streaming live, please join Planetary Resources' Peter Diamandis, Eric Anderson and Chris Lewicki, as they, along with vlogger Hank Green, announce an unprecedented project that will change the way humanity explores the cosmos.

At 3:30 p.m. Brent Spiner and Hank Green will host a community event in the gallery, streaming live for one hour. The event will allow museum visitors and the internet community to be engaged in the announcement activities in the Museum's Great Gallery.

Program Highlights:
• Gives students, teachers and the public access to the most innovative space observation technology ever built - This technology would have cost US$100M+ to build and launch less than a decade ago; and today, it will be controlled by students around the world to explore the cosmos.
• Offers the opportunity for the public to directly participate in cutting-edge citizen science and discovery - Delivers a resource to thousands of institutions and researchers in need of greater access to space to further their work and rate of scientific discovery.
• Invites the public to participate in Planetary Resources' asteroid mining mission - Anyone with an interest in space can play a role in opening up the Solar System for human activity.
WHEN:
Wed., May 29, 2013
10:00 a.m. PDT for media event
3:30 p.m. PDT for community event (media welcome)

WHO:
Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.
Eric Anderson, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc.
Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources, Inc.
Hank Green, Internet personality, VlogBrothers
Brent Spiner, actor, Star Trek movies and TV, (at community event only)

WHERE:
Great Gallery at The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle, WA 98108
Event will also be streamed online.

RSVP:
Media are invited to attend in-person or view the live stream.

Live stream details will be provided upon request.

CONTACT:
Stacey Tearne
stearne@planetaryresources.com
+1 202-256-7917

Seattle Media may contact Ted Huetter and Mike Bush at The Museum of Flight.

About Planetary Resources:
Planetary Resources, Inc. was founded in 2009 by Eric Anderson and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. Their vision is to establish a new paradigm for resource utilization that will bring the Solar System within humanity's economic sphere of influence. The company will conduct low-cost robotic space exploration beginning with the Arkyd Series of space missions that will identify the most commercially viable near-Earth asteroids. These initial missions will assist the company in enabling the retrieval of raw materials from these select asteroids, including water, precious metals and more.

Planetary Resources is financed by industry-launching visionaries, three of whom include Google's CEO Larry Page & Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt; and Ross Perot, Jr., Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group; who are committed to expanding the world's resource base so humanity can continue to grow and prosper for centuries to come. Some of the company's partners and advisors include the Bechtel Corporation; film maker and explorer James Cameron; former Chief of Staff, United States Air Force General T. Michael Moseley (Ret.); and Sara Seager, Ph.D., Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at MIT. For more information, please visit www.planetaryresources.com.

Access this and all other Museum of Flight news releases online at:
museumofflight.org/press/archives

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The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co., and the world's only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum's aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 100,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $15 for active military, $10 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org

Mike Bush
Director of Marketing
and Public Relations
253.307.3225
Ted Huetter
Public Relations
and Promotions Manager
206.455.5360