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Dancing With The Stars

Posted by Bill Nye

04-09-2013 9:50 CDT

Topics: Planetary Society

Dear Fellow Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Something remarkable has come up. I've been cast as a "star" on Dancing With The Stars here in the US. (For our British readers, it's a very similar format to your Strictly Come Dancing.)

In order for us to carry out our mission to get the world - our world - excited about and supportive of space exploration, we need to engage people everywhere. The show is watched by millions. I'll be there as your CEO of The Planetary Society and a student of Carl Sagan. Buzz Aldrin appeared on this show three years ago.

I’ll be fighting decades of bad posture, which may prove my undoing. But of course, I'm a competitive guy; I am in this to win. It will be a personal exploration; whenever we explore we make discoveries (like how to stand up straight at last), and we have an adventure. As unusual as this may seem, I believe we can broaden awareness of the Society and thereby humankind's exploration of the Cosmos one ballroom dance at a time. Here's hoping you'll tune in.

-Bill Nye CEO

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Mark Gooch: 09/04/2013 10:38 CDT

you are a brave man Bill. Good luck!

Elias Lostrom: 09/04/2013 01:15 CDT

Self got 2 left feet... but I give em hell when called upon. I am sure you will do us proud.

Athena Demos: 09/04/2013 01:19 CDT

I love that show and you. You have my vote. Every time. I'll be cheering for you.

Marjorie McRoberts: 09/04/2013 08:40 CDT

This I will have to see! I'll even vote. Another example of you never know how far you can go unless you try. Win or not, it will be an experience to remember.

Bob Ware: 09/04/2013 08:47 CDT

You go Bill! Burn holes in the soles!!!!!!!

Daniel Daly: 09/04/2013 08:54 CDT

Boldly Go!

Robert Jones: 09/04/2013 09:01 CDT

WAY TO GO, Bill! Time to convert that potential into kinetic energy!

Cori Charles: 09/04/2013 09:04 CDT

Fantabulous, I'll be watching a Star from the Planetary Society!

Ken Elchert: 09/04/2013 09:11 CDT

That's one small step for Bill, one giant leap for mankind!!! GO BILL!!!

John Strubhart: 09/04/2013 09:19 CDT

Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! :-)

Daniel Lohr: 09/04/2013 09:22 CDT

There has to be a different bow tie included in every dance outfit. It'll be sure to WOW the judges!

Patricia Kunkel: 09/04/2013 09:27 CDT

Dance for the stars, Bill!

Patricia Napolitano: 09/04/2013 09:49 CDT

This will boost their ratings

Patricia Napolitano: 09/04/2013 09:50 CDT

By the way, exactly when are you on?

Brian Hays: 09/04/2013 10:15 CDT

I have never watched the show, but now I'm excited to see the whole season. I bet their ratings double once everyone hears about you appearing !! Please post the star(t) date !

Marshall Lasky: 09/04/2013 10:24 CDT

Hey, Bill - Amazing things have happened on DWS - Stars who started out with 2 left feet - when paired with a great pro teacher - have turned into great ball room dancers. -- Hope your partner, new to show Tyne Stecklein, has great rapport with you & is up to the task. * Warning * We've seen "stars" shed a lot of pounds over the weeks (those grinding rehearsals), and you don't have any excess pounds to lose!

Annie Lane: 09/04/2013 10:50 CDT

I'll be rooting for you!

Donald Funston: 09/04/2013 11:23 CDT

I seldom watch Dancing With The Stars, but now I will start watching it as soon as I learn your starting date; and I'm sure that you will inspire more people to take an interest in space exploration just by having the courage to give it a try.

Peter Hackett: 09/04/2013 11:53 CDT

Hope you will be grunting out messages about increasing funding for NASA as you dance your way to the stars. Try not to hurt yourself.

Mark Martel: 09/05/2013 12:17 CDT

Watch out for the rovers with 3 left wheels!

Emma Villamarzo: 09/05/2013 12:43 CDT

Good Luck Bill, I will be watching the show and voting for you.

William Kelly: 09/05/2013 06:24 CDT

carl wud be proud

Paul Lennon: 09/05/2013 07:28 CDT

Congrats and good luck! You'll be getting my votes.

William Melton: 09/05/2013 07:39 CDT

Your already a star for the planetary Society, hopefully you can make that star just a little bit brighter. Go for it bill!

Timothy Chamberlin: 09/05/2013 07:57 CDT

DWTS Fall 2013 - Episode 1: Bill will dance to music from "The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean." Maybe? Good luck Bill! You have my vote!

Mark Rader: 09/05/2013 07:57 CDT

As someone who hates this kind of mindless entertainment, I'm ok with this. You'll reach a demographic that wouldn't otherwise be exposed to what you (and we) stand for. Break a leg, Bill.

Emma Galvan: 09/05/2013 08:07 CDT

I believe in you and in the stars,,,,,,,,,,,,,

John Gould: 09/05/2013 09:31 CDT

You need to post a picture of yourself doing a tapdance while looking through a telescope. Yo da man!

Frank Sampson: 09/05/2013 12:59 CDT

I'll be watching the "Big Screen" to see the "Previews of Coming Attractions" at the CineArama classic, "Dancing With The Starts", "Starring CEO Bill Nye (formerly known as) The Science Guy!" And subsequently, humbly accepting his long-awaited, "Oscar"!

Marvin Martian: 09/05/2013 01:36 CDT

Good luck Bill. And thanks for spreading the word! BTW, my challenge word is "effing"!! I kid you not!

Barbara Green: 09/05/2013 02:43 CDT

What a fun and wonderful adventure. Best of luck in your personal exploration for the good of all planetary science.

Andrew Wallace: 09/05/2013 04:34 CDT

Good luck to you Bill! After your adventures among the stars, please come over to this side of the pond and appear on Strictly!

Susan Wilson: 09/05/2013 06:53 CDT

Wow love it! Will be watching for sure!

Horst Gigerenzer: 09/05/2013 07:58 CDT

I am not a great fan of the show , but my wife is .... will be watching however with my vote .. please post date ... and tell them about the dance of the moons around Jupiter .. good luck.

Jenn in Florida: 09/06/2013 01:04 CDT

Yay!! I haven't watched DWTS in a while because I haven't found anyone interesting enough to cheer for. I love your cause and I watched your show as a child, religiously (haha). I am so glad you are making a come back and looking to inspire this generation! Good luck with DWTS and I wish you the absolute best with your space exploration initiative!!!

Stuart Bryan: 09/06/2013 05:28 CDT

The Martians will freak out when they see you dance the rumba. I am in my 70s-- cowboy waltz and 2 step-. Your just a kid!!!!!. Good luck from Colorado..

Visiting from M31: 09/06/2013 10:12 CDT

You will rock the house! Have fun!

Morton Bystock: 09/08/2013 01:06 CDT

thanks for all you do at the planetary society & good luck at dancing. there is a large audience watching [my wife & I included]. you may draw some good interest.

Thomas Lau: 09/08/2013 05:49 CDT

Good luck on the show! I've watched it for many years now.

muhammad lal: 09/10/2013 08:02 CDT

thank you for sharing such nice infoto us. i like it its very informative one keep sharing this type of information to keep in touch with the people.

Duane Lawton: 09/16/2013 06:18 CDT

DWTS is a good way to help the PS get noticed in a positive light, but I don't think appearing on Bill Maher's show was. While you didn't agree with his bigoted comments about conservatives, you didn't disagree very loudly. I'm both a BIG supporter of our future in space, and a BIG supporter of conservative principles (e.g. small government, free enterprise, personal responsibility). There are a lot of us, and it would be tragic to turn off many to the PS.

Henryk Krawczyk: 09/26/2013 07:49 CDT

The perfect realization of dance - the congratulations Greeting from Poland

Clark Hauschildt: 11/14/2013 09:36 CST

Now there's a reason to watch this show!

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