You’re an explorer. You come from a long line of explorers. Together, we are a community of explorers.
Our ancestors – your ancestors – were the humans who ventured far from home, climbed over the next hill, and sailed beyond the horizon. That’s why you’re with The Planetary Society. Together, we are advancing space exploration. Together, we are more influential and more powerful than any one individual can be. Together, we are shaping humankind’s future in space.
We call this strategic framework Space for Everyone. It’s our commitment to you, the explorer. In it we outline our priorities for organizational decision making through 2023 and beyond. In the coming months and years, you can expect more opportunities to participate in the great adventure of space. If we search for and discover life on another world, if we deflect a streaking asteroid before it impacts Earth, if we find out more about our origin and place among the stars, it will not be one individual that makes these things happen. It will be a society of people who believe that space exploration is a worthy use of our intellect and treasure. By harnessing our collective passion, we can change the course of history.
Your passion and support for the mission of The Planetary Society will ensure the organization continues to develop and thrive, maintaining the momentum we’ve built over the last few years. We believe that space exploration is for everyone, and my colleagues and I work each and every (Earth) day to find ways to connect and involve more of you. We also work to ensure that The Planetary Society is an open, welcoming community with space for everyone who has a passion or interest in worlds beyond Earth.
I claim that the spirit of exploration is deep within us. You, like the explorers before you, feel joy and excitement in exploring the unknown, and delight in discovery. I’m honored to be your CEO as we make this journey together. Together, dare I say it, we can change the worlds.
JPL-Caltech, SwRI, and MSSS provided the JunoCam instrument to NASA’s Juno mission to take photos for the public. The JunoCam team worked with Planetary Society staff to engage the international image processing community, including Seán Doran and Planetary Society member Gerald Eichstädt, who processed this photo of Jupiter’s northern latitudes.
Empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration
We are fervent supporters of space exploration. We deliver our very best in all we do to advance our mission, and we hold ourselves accountable for results.
We are an honest broker of information and a trusted steward of resources. Our stakeholders trust us.
We bring a positive outlook and attitude to all that we do. Our work is visionary, solution seeking, and empowering.
We conduct our work in accordance with the highest standards of professional behavior and scientific principles.
Our work produces intended results. We know our strengths and how to leverage them.
That the future of space exploration depends on public support and participation.
Data for this image came from the Curiosity mission’s science cameras, operated by NASA, JPL-Caltech, and MSSS. The rubbly hill is part of the Murray buttes, named for Planetary Society founder Bruce Murray. Artist Seán Doran added in a figure of an astronaut to provide a sense of scale and wonder.
Working together, we:
For nearly 4 decades, The Planetary Society has been committed to advancing planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life beyond Earth.
Over the next 5 years, we will magnify this dedication by focusing efforts and resources around these core enterprises.
Increase discoveries about the worlds of our solar system and beyond.
Elevate the search for life as a space exploration priority.
Decrease the risk of Earth being hit by an asteroid or comet.
We will invest in mission-aligned strategic growth areas to build a community that is increasingly large, empowered, and international.
We will enhance the member experience, continue to be a premier source of high-quality space information, and engage more people across our pale blue dot.
Strengthen our member community.
Increase public knowledge about space.
Increase international participation.
In all that we do, we strive to be the world’s largest, most respected, most effective citizen space organization.
In the coming years, we will focus on the resilience of the organization, including improving data infrastructure, diversifying revenue sources, and developing our long-term endowment to maximize our positive impact.
On behalf of The Planetary Society’s Board and staff, thank you for being a space explorer. We need you and others like you who are passionate and ready to take action to support space exploration.
We believe that space is for everyone: that everyone, everywhere yearns to know the cosmos and our place within it. We also believe that public involvement is the key to robust, long-term, international space exploration. This is the vision your Planetary Society staff works toward each and every day as we pursue our mission to empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration.
We are proud of everything we’ve accomplished together over the last 39 years, and we’re poised to pursue even greater aspirations. We can’t do it without you. Working together, we’ll build on the firm foundation of the organization’s history, leverage recent successes to gain momentum, and launch this public movement for space to new heights. Let’s go!