The bipartisan, bicameral Planetary Science Caucus was founded in January of 2018 with the following mission:
The Planetary Science Caucus unites members of Congress from both parties who are passionate about the scientific exploration of space and promotes efforts to:
Raise awareness of the benefits of federal investment in space science, technology, exploration, and STEM education which grows jobs and boosts the nation's economy.
Support private industry, academic institutions, and nonprofits that research and explore space.
"Find life in our lifetimes," by advancing federal policies that support the search for life in our solar system and beyond.
The caucus is currently being reconsituted for the 116th congress, which began in January of 2019. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) in the House of Representatives are serving as co-chair.s
The following members of Congress joined the caucus in the 115th Congress.