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Jennifer VaughnDecember 31, 2014

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. It was an outstanding year and we owe it all to you: the tens of thousands of citizen explorers pushing space exploration forward. Thank you!

For those of you who prefer to listen, check out the most recent Planetary Radio episode, featuring Mat Kaplan talking about 2014 with Bruce Betts, Casey Dreier, Emily Lakdawalla, and Bill Nye.

For those who prefer to watch, check out our year-in-review video.

But for those who prefer to read, please read on!

Bill likes to say we do three things:

We Create

We Advocate

We Educate

Over the year, we also made strides in strengthening our organization. No year-end summary would be complete without mentioning the extraordinary $4.2 million gift from an anonymous donor. The gift has challenged us to take bigger steps and act quickly. It’s also motivated us to plan more thoroughly and over longer periods. To that end, we completed a 3-year strategic plan, hired six new staff members, signed a lease on a new building for headquarters, and grew our long-term fund, the Carl Sagan Fund for the Future, to more than $1 million.

Indeed, 2014 was an outstanding year for The Planetary Society, and 2015—our 35th Anniversary year—looks to be even better. Expect more on LightSail, planetary defense, human exploration, New Horizons at Pluto, and new videos and events. The best is yet to come!

Read more: FY2015 NASA Budget, Phobos and Shuttle LIFE, Planetary Society Projects, Cosmos-1, Planetary Deep Drill, events and announcements, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, PlanetVac, Exoplanets Laser, LightSail, Planetary Society People, Bill Nye

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