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Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science

Engaging the public in the romance of space exploration is an integral part of The Planetary Society's mission. With his landmark television series Cosmos, Planetary Society co-founder Carl Sagan fueled the imagination of millions of viewers around the world. To honor the innovators who follow in this tradition of presenting science and scientists in an accurate, yet entertaining and enthralling, way, The Planetary Society created the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

Thank you to the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation for the generous grant that launched this award.

2015 Honoree Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil's lifelong passion for science, space exploration, and the quest to understand the universe’s far-flung mysteries fuels his prolific career as a popularizer of science. What makes this particular award presentation truly remarkable for all of us is as a 17-year old Neil was deciding where to pursue his education in space sciences, Carl, our co-founder, personally reached out to Neil to help set him on his path.

2016 Honorees Alan Stern & New Horizons Team

New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern and the mission team's work to engage the public throughout the history-making New Horizons Pluto system flyby and subsequent phases of scientific discoveries excited the global community and fueled public interest for space.

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