“Dear Citizen of Planet Earth,” That's how Carl Sagan addressed the public in an introductory letter about the Planetary Society back in the 1980s. Now Bill (CEO) and Neil (Board Member) reminisce about those days, talk about what we should call people from planet Earth, discuss how Neil's Cosmos TV show stressed Bill out, and tell us who the first humans to orbit Mars will be.
The Planetary Society headed out to the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland for the historic Pluto encounter. Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye met the New Horizons team with congratulations and smiles!
Casey Dreier isn't the only member of our advocacy team. Here we meet some of the other Space Advocates.
Pluto and Charon orbit each other much different than the Earth and Moon. Dr. Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla have this special New Horizons themed Random Space Fact!
The New Horizons Spacecraft took about 9 years to get to Pluto, but it took 16 years before the mission was even on the launch pad! Here's a brief tale of how the Planetary Society helped keep the Pluto Project alive.
After 9 years, New Horizons is getting closer and closer to Pluto! Dr. Bruce Betts has a special RSF about the amazing speed of this spacecraft.
Back in 2006, New Horizons launched for Pluto. The Planetary Society asked the public to submit pictures that represented the year 2006 to be placed in a digital time capsule for 2015.
The Planetary Defense Conference took place in April of 2015 near Rome, Italy. During the conference, defenders of our planet shared ideas of how to protect Earth when the big one comes. There was also a very fun and very FAKE asteroid threat simulation. Scientists from around the world role played as politicians, public, media, and so on to see how an asteroid scenario would unfold.
Fifteen years ago, Society members and passionate space advocates like you helped save the Pluto mission. Now we can do the same for missions to Europa and Mars.
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