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

Creating A Movement for Space

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

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.

2016 Cosmos Award Honoree Alan Stern and the New Horizons team

New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern and the mission team received The Planetary Society's 2016 Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

2015 Cosmos Award Honoree Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Planetary Society awarded awarded Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and 19-year Planetary Society Board Member, with the 2015 Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

Neil deGrasse Tyson to Receive Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will accept The Planetary Society’s Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science in Pasadena, California on October 24, 2015.

We're moving!

It's really happening. We're leaving our home of five years on South Grand and heading to our new home just two miles east on South Los Robles.

New HQ Coming Together

Our new Planetary Society headquarters building is on track to be ready for us by mid-July. The building, which once was a bank, is being converted into a contemporary office space customized for the unique needs of The Planetary Society.

Getting to know the Planetary Society staff

Working for The Planetary Society is an extraordinary job—we deal with extraordinary subject matter, we have an extraordinary mission, we work with extraordinary people, and we work for our extraordinary members and supporters. Jennifer Vaughn introduces some of the new staff here.

A Look Back at an Amazing Year

As excited as we are to jump into 2015, I want to take time to reflect on the year coming to a close and applaud all that we’ve accomplished working together.

Onward! The Planetary Society's Strategic Plan through 2017

As 2014 comes to a close, The Planetary Society steps into our 35th anniversary year with a new strategic plan.

The Planetary Society Applauds ESA for Rosetta's Successful Comet Rendezvous

The Planetary Society congratulates the European Space Agency on its Rosetta spacecraft arriving at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.

LightSail is Ready for Launch! Join Us as the Countdown Begins

We hope you can be with us as we make a major announcement about our solar sail spacecraft, LightSail 1.

Building Our Community by Being Part of it

The last six weeks have been especially busy due to an unusually high number of conferences and festivals, so I thought I'd summarize what's been going on and how The Planetary Society has been involved.

Behind the scenes: Our spring Board of Directors meeting

Twice a year, the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society gathers for a face-to-face meeting. Jennifer Vaughn reports on the meeting.

Mars, Old and New: A Personal View by Bruce Murray

An interview with Bruce Murray from 2001 about his perspectives on Mars science and exploration: past, present, and future.

Follow the Water (to our leaking pipe)

It's been an eventful week: Curiosity drove to its first science target, Endeavour arrived in Los Angeles, and a leaking pipe shut down Planetary Society headquarters. We continue to work but not from within our headquarters. We expect to be back on Thursday morning, putting our workspaces back together and catching up on any work that got quarantined. Until then, you can find us online.

Bill Nye on CNN Says US Risks Losing Its Space Edge

Watch the Planetary Society CEO tell CNN why a reduction in NASA's planetary science funding is a mistake.

Bringing a little star power to Capitol Hill

On May 8, 2012, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson brought their unique brand of motivational speaking to Capitol Hill. In a standing-room-only lunch discussion in one of the meeting rooms for the Committee on Space, Science, Technology, these two space superstars, along with planetary scientist Louise Prockter, explained to members of Congress, staffers, and media why we must continue to invest in planetary exploration.

Space is vast. There's a lot of exploring to do.

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