Brick Campaign Frequently Asked Questions

What should I say on my brick?

Here are some examples adapted from actual bricks.

SETI, LightSail, NEO
Europa, Laser Bees
OSETI, Sagan Fund
... and on to Mars!
For Ann Jones
Jon Jones
Richard Jones
Jessica Jones
With Love
Dad and Mom
In memory of our
fathers, who
introduced us to the
starry skies above:
Richard Smith and
Al Jones
Jason Smith
Infinite space
Sights yet unseen
Yet not learned
Go forth and explore

Is there a deadline? 

Bricks that were ordered by August 1, 2015, will be installed in time for our building dedication scheduled for October 24, 2015. Note that bricks are still available after August, but they will be installed at a later date as we accumulate sufficient bricks to place an order with our supplier.

Is my brick donation tax deductible? 

For US citizens and residents, yes, the brick donation is generally tax-deductible on your federal and state tax returns. The full value of the brick we are using as a paver is deductible, and the value of the replica brick is deductible at a reduced amount (it is reduced by the commercial value of the inscribed brick). The amount that is tax-deductible will be included in our acknowledgement letter.

Will I be able to see/visit my brick? 

Most certainly! You are invited to visit The Society’s headquarters in person or visit our Brick Campaign webpage to see your brick after it gets installed. Our online tool will allow you to look at a high-resolution photo of the brick pavers.

When will the bricks be installed? 

The brick pavers will be installed outside the new headquarters building in late summer, likely in August or September. The exact timing will depend on the final construction schedule for the building remodel. 

What is a replica brick?

A replica brick is exactly that – a paver just like the one we will install, but sent to you so you have an identical brick to the one installed at The Planetary Society headquarters. Some people like it (1 out of 10 donors get one) because they may never get to see their brick in-person (though we welcome visitors!). It helps you feel more connected to us, just as the bricks installed at our building will help us feel connected to you.

When will the replica bricks be shipped? 

The replica bricks will be prepared and shipped at the same time the pavers are inscribed for installation—likely in August or September.

How long will my brick last?

The bricks and the laser engraving technique selected by The Planetary Society are expected to be durable for a period of 50 years or more. Information on the expected lifetime of the bricks may be found at In addition, should the Society ever move its headquarters to a new location, the bricks will be moved with the organization to its new location.

Buy a brick today!

Join us in claiming some space here on Earth by purchasing a piece of our new headquarters. Learn more on our Buy a Brick Campaign page or click the button below if you're ready to claim your brick.

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