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Bill Nye is more than just the Science Guy to us—he's our CEO and fearless leader. Come along on a cosmic journey and find Your Place In Space.

A Major Political Victory for The Planetary Society

Bill Nye • March 29, 2013

The Planetary Society just achieved a major victory in our efforts to ensure strong funding for NASA’s planetary exploration.

Let’s Reckon Time Together

Bill Nye • March 20, 2013 • 2

The EarthDial project was born in 2004, and we’re bring it back again for the Curiosity mission. It’s a sundial visually reminiscent of the MarsDials, but exactly ten times as big. We encourage you to set up your own EarthDial, rig up a webcam, and post the images. In the coming weeks, we’ll coordinate the EarthDials from around the world, just as we did for a few years after the Spirit & Opportunity landings. It’s a remarkable project that can engage individuals, classrooms, or entire schools. The price of webcams has come way down in recent years. So, we’re hopeful that several readers of this blog will give it a try.

Washington Update

Bill Nye • February 11, 2013 • 2

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to the House Science committee about the importance of space and scientific research. Bill Nye also visited with Congressman Culberson and Congressman Wolf's chief of staffabout supporting NASA's Planetary Science Program.

International Astronautical Congress 2012 Recap

Bill Nye • October 09, 2012 • 4

Again this year I represented The Planetary Society at the International Astronautical Congress. This year, we met in Naples, Italy. This meeting brings together space scientists, rocket people, and spacecraft engineers from all over the world.

Name That Asteroid!

Bill Nye • September 04, 2012 • 3

OSIRIS-REx is will return a piece of the ancient asteroid 1999 RQ36, and it's up to you to come up with a name.

Neil Armstrong changed the world

Bill Nye • August 25, 2012 • 15

Neil Armstrong changed the world. He was an excellent engineer and an outstanding pilot. He got the assignment to land a completely novel rocket machine on the Earth’s Moon, because he was the perfect man for the job: He could really fly; he had excellent judgment about the capabilities of his ship; and above all, he had a remarkable ability to keep his wits about him in extraordinarily dangerous situations.

We're going back to Mars in 2016!

Bill Nye • August 20, 2012 • 9

Today, NASA announced the newest Discovery-class mission, a Mars lander called InSight. It's not a rover; it's a drill that will go down 5 meters and help us figure out what happens in the core of our neighboring terrestrial planet.

Curiosity's Marsdial is on Mars!

Bill Nye • August 14, 2012 • 6

Following the successful landing of the Curiosity rover, it is gratifying indeed to see the third MarsDial© photometric calibration (cal) target on the planet Mars. It is something near and dear to me personally, and it's good for all of us, because it helps us do good science.

Sally Ride, 1951 - 2012

Bill Nye • July 23, 2012 • 5

Sally Ride changed the world. We are very sorry to hear of her recent death after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. Dr. Ride was an excellent astronaut, a remarkable educator, and a longtime Planetary Society friend and adviser.

Celebrate Curiosity at Planetfest 2012

Bill Nye • June 28, 2012 • 6

Join me at Planetfest™ 2012: Curiosity Knows No Bounds, August 4 and 5 in Pasadena, California!

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