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Innovative Technologies

Science and Technology Projects

The Planetary Society actively invests in science and technology programs that advance the exploration of the Cosmos.

Our Projects

The Planetary Society creates ways for the public to have active roles in space exploration. We seed innovative space technologies, nurture creative young minds, and are a vital advocate for our future in space.

Microrovers for Assisting Humans

NASA and other countries have studied large rovers designed to carry humans, medium-sized robotic rovers like those used now on Mars, and even a low-gravity "nano?rover," but there is a largely unstudied niche of microrovers, which we loosely define as rovers with masses of one to a few kilograms. Even less studied is how they might work with humans on the Moon, Mars, or other bodies.

LIFE Project

The Planetary Society developed the two-phase LIFE – Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment – to investigate the transpermia hypothesis, the idea that a living organism might survive a journey through space to Earth inside a meteorite.

Laser Bees

What do we do if an asteroid is found to be on a collision course with Earth? At this point, the answer is not clear, so The Planetary Society has partnered with researchers to discover ways to protect Earth when we one-day find a dangerous space rock.

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Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

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LightSail
LightSail

LightSail 2 will launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Be part of this epic point in space exploration history!

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