Bill NyeNov 15, 2022

Meet The Planetary Academy

Launching a lifetime passion for space

When did you fall in love with space? Perhaps it was when you had your first look through a telescope or opened a book with pictures of craters of the Moon or Mars. Perhaps you were mesmerized by awe-inspiring pictures sent down from distant spacecraft or when you witnessed the launch of human explorers leaving Earth on enormous rockets. Maybe you found yourself looking into the night sky and wondering just what, or who, might be out there.

Our lifetime love of space exploration can start when we are very young. And so, we have developed The Planetary Academy, a 100% space-related membership created for kids 9 years old and younger.

Through The Planetary Academy, we want kids to become:

  • intrigued by our solar system
  • empowered with fun, sharable space facts
  • knowledgeable about space and its vocabulary with hands-on activities
  • inspired to learn more
Planetary Academy Adventure Packs
Planetary Academy Adventure Packs Everything that's included in first package of The Planetary Academy kids membership program, The Planetary Academy. Packages are delivered quarterly and explore an intriguing world of our solar system.Image: The Planetary Society

Members of The Planetary Academy will take journeys through our Solar System, see the awesome sights of alien worlds, learn facts about the planets that are easy to share with family and friends, and do their own observations and experiments as they explore planets, moons, asteroids, and comets.

Each Planetary Academy member is shipped an educational adventure pack every three months. Each adventure pack has been thoughtfully developed by the education experts at The Planetary Society and includes images and facts about our Solar System, hands-on activities, experiments, games, and surprises.

Planetary Academy members can follow their adventure through the Solar System for up to 3 years of unique Adventure Packs.

Year 1:

  • Your Place in Space
  • The Sun
  • Earth
  • The Moon

Year 2:

  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Mars
  • Asteroids and Comets

Year 3:

  • Jupiter and its moons
  • Saturn and its moons
  • Uranus and Neptune
  • Pluto and Kuiper Belt Objects

After completing their journey, young members will know they live on a planet, in a star system, in a galaxy; the order of the planets; the major characteristics and differences between moons, traditional planets, asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets; the primary ways we learn about our Solar System; and will be introduced to the concept of exoplanets and other galaxies.

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Just like our traditional adult membership, Planetary Academy members support The Planetary Society’s mission to increase discoveries in our Cosmos, search for other life, and defend Earth from asteroids and comets. Membership also funds our educational programming to inspire more of the world’s young space enthusiasts.

Space exploration — the imagination, ideas, and the possibilities — brings out the kid in all of us. Parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, and teachers who are space enthusiasts — or who care about an educational gift that values the sciences — can share their passion with the young people in their lives via The Planetary Society’s Planetary Academy.

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