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Know Your Place in Space

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We are Your Place in Space!

The Planetary Society, an independent, non-governmental organization, is your place in space to go for expert sources regarding all aspects of planetary exploration, space policy, and the search for extraterrestrial life.

We share the voices of not only CEO Bill Nye, but also members of our own staff, our Board of Directors,  Adivsory Council, and our guest experts and friends who hold prominent positions within the space community.

If you are interested in arranging interviews with our experts contact us at 626-793-5100 or via email at tps@planetary.org.

Meet Our Experts

Blogs

Meet our bloggers...CEO, Bill Nye, Emily Lakdawalla, Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, Casey Dreier, and a host of expert and entertaining voices from throughout our vast space community.

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Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for governing and setting The Planetary Society's policies and future directions. They are all leaders, chosen for their passion about and knowledge of space exploration.

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Advisory Council

Meet our Advisory Council.

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Bill Nye

CEO, Bill Nye. Yes, the Science Guy is now the Planetary Guy. Come along on a cosmic jouney with Bill and learn more about Your Place In Space.

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Emily Lakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Society blogger, podcaster, webcaster, Twitterer, et cetera. A true science cheerleader and total space geek, Emily is considered one of the most influential and passionate space bloggers around. Emily is a planetary geologist with a unique way of blending science facts and space news with a sense of whimsy, and, yes, lots of pretty pictures!

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Bruce Betts

Our resident planetary scientist and director of science and technology will keep you up to date on all the exciting projects we are working on. From searching for dangerous asteroids to flying our very own solar sail spacecraft, Bruce will make sure you know what's going on plus enlighten you with his unique bits of space trivia with Random Space Facts, too!

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio host and producer Mat Kaplan combines a more than 40-year history in broadcasting with his even longer-lived passion for space exploration to create our radio and podcast series. It’s his great good fortune to have weekly conversations with the scientists and engineers, astronauts and advocates who are leading humankind’s expansion into the final frontier. He also provides key technical support for our Planetfest celebrations and other major events, and helps share the mission of the Society with diverse audiences around the world.

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Jim Bell

Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration Arizona State University

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