WHAT: The Planetary Society has launched a new resource for voters who are passionate about space exploration. This crowd-sourced reference site provides a fully-sourced, growing list of statements made by the presidential candidates regarding NASA and space exploration. The Society has also challenged its members to raise the topic of space with candidates on the campaign trail.
WHEN: Live today through the U.S. presidential election season.
- Election 2016: Voter reference for candidates’ positions on NASA. Goal is to record every statement a U.S. presidential candidate makes about space.
- Social Media Forum: Use hashtag #Vote4Space to participate.
WHO: People can participate by sending candidates’ statements to: [email protected] Statements can be captured on video or local media coverage.
WHY: NASA is in the midst of a major transition in its human spaceflight program, and is beginning several major space science projects that will take years to complete. The future of space exploration in the United States will be greatly impacted by the decisions of the next President, who will face the decision to continue current policy or change course. An objective resource providing the candidates’ stance on space issues will inform voters as they evaluate their choices for 2016.
Interviews with Casey Dreier, director of space policy, available upon request.
NOTE: As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Planetary Society provides objective, nonpartisan, on-the-record information on candidates’ positions on space exploration as a service to the public. The Society does not endorse or condemn any political candidate for office or participate in political campaigns in any way.
About The Planetary Society
With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit www.planetary.org.