MaryLiz Bender is the Associate Producer for Planetary Radio and a Digital Content Coordinator at The Planetary Society. She dedicates her life to space outreach and education, engaging the public through music, art, and her mobile observatory.
She believes that understanding our place in space is the best way to shift our earthly perspectives for the better. She's excited to be doing her part to pave the way for the space exploration that will better foster that understanding.
On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.