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The Planetary Society, an independent, non-governmental organization, is your place in space to go for expert sources regarding all aspects of planetary exploration, space policy, and the search for extraterrestrial life.

We share the voices of not only CEO Bill Nye, but also members of our own staff, our Board of Directors,  Advisory Council, and our guest experts and friends who hold prominent positions within the space community.

If you are interested in arranging interviews with our experts contact us at 626-793-5100 or via email at

Bill Nye

Bill Nye isn't just the Science Guy—he's a Planetary Society charter member and has been The Planetary Society's CEO since 2010.

Emily Lakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla is an internationally admired science communicator and educator, passionate about advancing public understanding of space and sharing the wonder of scientific discovery.

Bruce Betts

Dr. Bruce Betts is The Planetary Society's chief scientist, and the program manager for LightSail 2.

Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio host and producer Mat Kaplan combines a more than 40-year history in broadcasting with his even longer-lived passion for space exploration to create our radio and podcast series. It’s his great good fortune to have weekly conversations with the scientists and engineers, astronauts and advocates who are leading humankind’s expansion into the final frontier. He also provides key technical support for our Planetfest celebrations and other major events, and helps share the mission of the Society with diverse audiences around the world.

Jim Bell

Jim Bell joined The Planetary Society's Board of Directors in 2005 and is a planetary scientist, educator, author, and public speaker.

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