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Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

Our Commitment to Work Against Racism

Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space.

Creating A Movement for Space

A look back at The Planetary Society's founding documents and the origins of the organization.

This Holiday Season, Avoid the Politics and Talk Space Instead

When coming together this holiday season, ditch the politics. Instead, here are 5 conversation topics about space that can inspire and engage everyone.

Here's How I'm Celebrating 53 Years of Star Trek

Star Trek Voyager Emergency Medical Hologram and Planetary Society Board member Robert Picardo uncovers rare Star Trek artifacts at The Planetary Society.

Why I Explore

I explore space because I like feeling insignificant. I crave a dark night sky that reminds me that our Sun and even our galaxy are not unique. I find comfort in thinking about countless generations of humans looking at the same sky and asking questions similar to the ones I ask.

LightSail 2 Launch Viewing: Tips & Tricks

LightSail 2 is launching on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is one payload of many on the mission known collectively as STP-2. Space Test Program (STP) is a crucial part of the US Air Force’s development of advanced technologies in space.

Your Impact: June Solstice 2019

The first of two new columns rounds up all the ways Society members are making a difference for space.

Getting an Opportunity to Give Your Presentation

Want to give a presentation on behalf of The Planetary Society in your community? We have tips and tricks for you!

LightSail Launch Event

LightSail 2’s launch window opens on June 22, and we are finalizing plans for our launch viewing celebrations. Once we have finished coordinating the details with the Air Force’s STP-2 mission team and the Kennedy Space Center, we will share them with all of our members and backers so that you can join us in person or remotely via the internet.

100 Planetary Society Members. 25 States. 1 Day of Action.

Society members from across the United States came to Washington, D.C. on their own dime to advocate for space science and exploration.

Planetary Radio: 10 Must-Listen Episodes About Space Exploration

The Planetary Society staff has selected our top ten favorite episodes of Planetary Radio. Listen now.

Slava Linkin, 1937-2019

Slava Linkin, one of the leading planetary scientists in the Soviet Union and later Russia, passed away on 16 January 2019. Viachelslav Mikhailovich Linkin was an enormously important participant in Planetary Society history.

Planetary Radio celebrates 16 years of PB&J

Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan has spent sixteen years sharing the “passion, beauty, and joy” of space exploration with the world. We picked our sixteen favorite episodes to share with you.

The day I caught rocket fever

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - July 2018

The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

Planetary Society Volunteers are Candles in the Dark

After a bewildering day at AlienCon, a New York Times reporter found hope at The Planetary Society, courtesy of volunteer Sean Marquez.

Reaching Higher for Space

We humans have always looked to the night sky and pondered our place in the cosmos.

An 'Exploration Exhibition' to launch the new Planetary Science Caucus

We helped launch the new Planetary Science Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., with an exploration exhibition to highlight the range of academic, scientific, and industry partners engaging in planetary exploration. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and its Board of Directors were there to welcome members of Congress and hundreds of staff and policy experts.

Bill Nye and Prime Minister Trudeau talk Canada's future in space

The Planetary Society will be at the planning table when Canada's space community regroups after the latest budget release.

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