Washington, D.C. (February 10, 2020) — The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, is holding its annual Day of Action in Washington, D.C. today, the same day the White House releases its FY 2021 NASA budget request.
Society members from 28 states will meet with more than 150 congressional offices and encourage lawmakers to support space science and exploration programs at NASA. The members are private citizens who have traveled to the Capitol using their own resources.
“I’ve always wanted to find a way to help NASA,” said Peter Kitch, a Society member and Day of Action participant from Los Angeles, California. “Most of the people on Capitol Hill are expecting the professional lobbyists that are being paid to show up and to be pushing an agenda. That’s what’s unique about this group. We’re just fans of space.”
“I’m humbled by the dedication of our members,” said Casey Dreier, The Planetary Society’s Chief Advocate and organizer of the Day of Action. “They are taking time off of work or school to attend. Washington, D.C. is not cheap for travel or lodging. They are here because they truly believe in the value of the space program.”
Thousands more Planetary Society members and supporters will join those in Washington, D.C. by contacting their government representatives from home. The Planetary Society encourages people around the world to pledge to join the Day of Action, with resources and online training at planetary.org/dayofaction.
“This is a great time to be a space advocate,” added Dreier. “The next decade of human spaceflight is being debated right now. So is the future of robotic exploration at Mars and beyond. Critical investments are proposed for planetary defense. It is essential that the public participates in this discussion to ensure a bright future for space exploration.”
“I think everybody underestimates how much a single person can contribute,” Kitch concluded.
Casey Dreier, Chief Advocate and Senior Space Policy Adviser, is available for interviews. Please arrange with Danielle Gunn, chief communications officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
How you can help fund NASA Help fund NASA and join us in Washington, D.C.! Planetary Society members Mari and Peter traveled with their fellow advocates last year and helped advance space science and exploration.
About The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.