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?
I too remember seeing sputnik, or more precisely, its carrier unit, and not much later, the Cuba crisis, and somewhat later, I went into Czechoslovakia with the invasion. We have the opportunity to do something really great, or to annihilate ourselves, and space gives the best chance to have people of all nations to combine for the former. The Planetary Society, for me, offers the opportunity for members from all ... more »
While I value The Planetary Society for the present knowledge that it imparts to me, I value it even more for the value of the future knowledge that it shall impart to those much younger than I and those soon to be born on this planet. That is why I make modest monetary contributions to SETI, the excellent work on asteroid discovery and collision avoidance, Lightsail, and other projects of ... more »
What I can do to participate in the univers research? A rocket to the Moon? Of course, not. Out of my possibilities. When I was young -and still today- I was fascinating about the Space. It was, and it is, exciting to think about what we can discover and learn. Join the Planetary Society is a step; participate in the Seti at Home program, another step; the telescope, another one ... more »
I vaguely remember looking in the clear West Texas sky to see Spudnik. That got me started on reading Jules Verne, then H.G. Wells. By the time I was in High School, there was Asimov, Clark, Dickson, Heinlein, DeCamp, Pournelle, Niven, etc. who all envisioned a successful space inhabiting humanity, flaws and all. Apollo seemed to get things started, then the incompetence and ignorance of our elected politicians destroyed any ... more »
I am a charter member. Someday, maybe tomorrow, maybe a number of millennia in the future we humans will locate intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. That is what I would like to see, and that is why I maintain my membership, and that is why my iMac is programmed for SETI.
Growing up in northern Alberta, I did first hear the 'beeps' of Sputnik on a Short wave radio as it passed overhead. I, in fact saw it, so I thought, but years later found out it was part of the spent rocket that was flying close by---the Sputnik was too small to see! Ever since,I followed all the space shots, remembering Walter Cronkite describing the first space shots on radio, ... more »
I've always had a curiosity about the heavens and what was beyond ourselves and how we fit into the whole scheme of things. By reading your articles and others, I have a great appreciation for our planet and, since there is something BEYOND ourselves, tend to be more humble and less into "myself" like so many of our friends/families and others are and to focus on something beyond ourselves and ... more »
Dan, Like you, I consider myself a child of the space age. I was in junior high school when Sputnik went up, and Sputnik and all that followed had a huge impact on me as I realized that the age of human exploration of the cosmos had actually arrived. To me it is obvious that space is the next great frontier, and that its exploration is the destiny of mankind. ... more »
I joined about the time the planetary society was formed. I was attracted to the original premise that education would make a difference to get us into space. In my own education I have been more impressed with the structure of the universe from the sub atomic to the growing size of the universe itself. The search for the purpose of Man, the thinking animal, in the process that the ... more »
I have been a member of the society since 1989 and don't regret doing so.I have to agree that it's been educational and inspiring to be part of a society that is at the forefront in pushing forward planetary exploration as it has over the years. I am very proud of my planetary report collection since the start of the society way back in 1981. I am delighted to have ... more »
I was there with Carl and Lou when the society was formed. Chris McKay was a young grad student at CU running the meeting. Then as now the idea is to inspire all the generations with a sense of awe and possibilities. Hopefully some of those will be the people to make things happen. Thinking such as this: The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck - by @JasonSilva http://vimeo.com/46264514 With all ... more »
Well, I was born in 1958, and was lied all my young life with the promise of "how the World will be in the year 2000"; it was a very frustrating experience "celebrating" year's end of 2000! I'm a member of the Society from its very first years, someone there please tell me the date, supposedly my name was in a plaque in our former head office commemorating the contributors ... more »
Born in 1955, I remember hearing about Sputnik on TV. I remember watching President John F. Kennedy's speech on sending a man to the moon and returning him safely to Earth before that decade had ended. During this endeavor I became a fan of the "Star Trek" TV series - weekly adventures into space in a possible future. After graduating high school I spent seven years as an electronics technician ... more »
As a child in war-torn Philippines, where no electricity meant black skies and uncountable stars, I would lie on my back and watch them winking at me, wondering where they all came from, and what else is out there? The Planetary Society joins me, now almost 80 years old, with those who still watch the stars. But now I also have articles that are not totally dumbed-down, and let me ... more »
The most I value from being a member of the Planetary Society is the knowledge I have acquired through the years I have been a member. I see my subscription like a very good investment for my knowledge.
My membership began in the mid-70s with the Society, after I took an astronomy class. I have always loved the stars and planets and wanted to help a group that was poised to make things happen in the world of space science. This is the legacy of the Planetary Society: making our dreams for life in space come true.
I was born before WW2, and only a short time after hordes of people were frightened by Orson Welles' vision of an invasion from Mars. I was attracted to astronomy by the time I was four, and discovered science fiction before the age of ten. These interests were not given much respect, and my SF was invariably referred to in the family as my "dirty books" (like science fiction in ... more »