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
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.