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We create. We educate. We advocate.

With your support, The Planetary Society sponsors projects that will seed innovative space technologies, nurtures creative young minds, and is a vital advocate for our future in space.

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Why we do it

Our Mission: Empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration.

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Want to get more involved? We are YOUR place in space.

We're excited to share with you the many ways you can participate with us to play a part in the future of space exploration.

From joining our online community to volunteering to becoming a member of our New Millennium Committee, we have something just right for you.

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How we started

The Planetary Society, founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, to inspire and involve the world's public in space exploration through advocacy, projects, and education. Today, The Planetary Society is the largest and most influential public space organization group on Earth.

The Planetary Society is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States.

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Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting The Planetary Society's policies and future directions. They are all leaders, chosen for their passion about and knowledge of space exploration.

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The Planetary Society is proud to honor those in our community who help to promote the future of space exploration through two very special awards, The Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science and The Thomas O. Paine Memorial Award for the Advancement of Human Exploration of Mars.

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Our Founders

Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, The Planetary Society is has inspired the people of Earth to explore other worlds, understand our own, and seek life elsewhere for over 30 years.

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