I'm a child of the space program—born in 1957, a few months ahead of the Sputnik launch. The Apollo program and my dream of becoming an astronaut defined my childhood.
In 1990, I stumbled across an ad for The Planetary Society and decided to join. The Planetary Report magazine gave me an insider’s view of space from an incredible group of experts I had admired over the years, including Carl Sagan.
Today there is much more that I value about my Planetary Society Membership. It gives me a vital connection to something I have loved for so long.
Instead of pursuing my passion as an individual, Membership connects me to a global community of like-minded people.
I appreciate how the Society informs and educates in a straightforward way, with the right mix of technical depth for the true scientist, yet in a way the amateur enthusiast can fathom.
I admire the people committed to our cause: a Board of highly credentialed space experts, a dedicated staff and thousands of members worldwide who share the same passion.
I take pride in our impact, through projects that advance space science and through advocacy that affects the future of space exploration.
Twenty-three years ago, I became a Member of The Planetary Society out of love for all things space and a desire to have an inside track in the community. Today I remain a Member, and serve proudly as your Board Chairman, for those same reasons.
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What do you value most about being part of The Planetary Society?
Like most people, I was enthralled by the pictures of Neil Armstrong landing and walking on the moon. For most of the Apollo missions, I watched the landings and images of astronauts on the moon. I became a member of the Planetary Society when governments seemed to balk at the high costs involved. I value the Society because it is not simply a lobby group but is actively engaged in ... more »
I joined TPS invited by Steven Spielberg (how did he get my e-mail address?), because in his letter, he wrote about Carl Sagan role at TPS. I love The Planetary Report, and, more recently, Emily Lakdawalla's news posted at Facebook. Late Carl Sagan had, and Bill Nye and Emily Stewart have, the gift of translating Rocket Science to common people like me. And I am gratefull to The Planetary Society ... more »
What I value most is the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the exploration of space, which I believe to be the ultimate legacy of our civilization and the best hope for the long term survival of our race. The times we live in will likely prevent most of us from ever becoming space explorers ourselves. However through our continuing political and financial support we can hopefully ensure that future generations ... more »
Space is one of the frontiers where nations have been working together. You see that on board the ISS. You see glimpses of it at the planets - where space agencies collaborate with each other's missions. My hope is that this collaboration in space builds the foundation for such collaboration here back on Earth and makes us a truly planetary society.
I'd like to think that I'm doing my part to set an example to the rest of our species. Why don't we leave the politics, greed, territorial disputes, ethnic cleansing, hatred and terrorism behind us so we can concentrate our energy on the really cool stuff???
Carl Sagan had this idea that if "we", not as a nation, but as a planetary people, came together, that great things can happen. He believed, amongst many interesting things, that to continue growing, evolving and expanding ourselves, we must stretch ourselves past our comfort zone. Take on the easy, take on the difficult, take on ideas that shake and shock the very core of who and what you think ... more »
I'm a child of WWII, born in 1942. I became a dedicated "spacer" in 7th grade geography class. "Cold War" realities made it clear that, if we had a future, it would be unlikely to include space exploration. In 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek implied that we would have a future and that it would include space exploration. The 1969 manned moon landing provided additional encouragement. The value of TPS ... more »
The thing I value the most, is space information at my finger-tips!! I was into space adventures starting with Star Trek and I have been a space geek ever since. Until I joined the Planetary Society, there was no one good outlet to find facts about space, or attempts at exploring it!! Now, it seems like everything is moving at light speed in those areas of interest. During those early ... more »
hi Dan I think we should go to the moon and set up a base and learn how to live in space and use that base as a jumping off to the other planets. I think we are wasting time and money just to look at this other places until we are able to live out there greg
Ever since I was a child, astronomy has always fascinated me. I guess it's just an extension, since geography was one of my favorite school subjects. I loved reading about other planets and galaxies, black holes etc. Our knowledge today is much wider than when I was young (I was born in 1950).The space program was much more popular since we were trying to beat the Russians to the moon. ... more »
In 1983 I had a new and growing passion for space exploration. Not by robots but by human explorers and settlers. I got a solicitation from TPS to join and have been a member since even though I have found a much greater kinship in the National Space Society and the Mars Society since that day. these two latter groups are actually working actively toward that goal. All too often ... more »
I would like to see the future of the space program follow along the lines of what we think we cannot do. Born in the early 1950's, I also watched STRA TREK and LOST IN SPACE and FORBIDDEN PLANET and other video entertainment...yearning for it to become reality. Steve Jobs always said if it cannot be done, then he was challenged to do it. The same with Carl Sagan and ... more »
Hi Dan, thanks for asking your question. I have been inspired primarily by the Apollo astronauts. I think you need to be born with a sense of curiosity as well. I have always been one of those, 'and how does this work?' people. Years after Apollo, Carl Sagan would appear on many television broadcasts with messages of inspiration, then I spied in an astronomy magazine, an application for The Planetary ... more »
As member of this prestigious society, I mostly value being a part of a group of people that share that same passion for space and planetary exploration. This is both a badge of honor, and a tremendous source of pride. I can't help but relishing in that incredible feeling triggered by the knowledge that I am also sharing the same ideals, the same dreams, goals and the same belief in ... more »
I was nine years old when sputnik was launched and the Russians became the first in space with a satellite. Since then The Planetary Society has brought the space race, manned flights and every aspect of space near and far together. Giving a visual understanding of what is out "their". The challenge of finding new improved method of searching our system and beyond for "life". We have not yet graduated ... more »