We believe the public should inform space policy
through civic engagement
Space missions don't just happen. Smart policy and stable funding are critical for success in both private and public space exploration. To this end, The Planetary Society pursues political advocacy to guide legislation and to educate, train, and mobilize our members to be effective space advocates. We also generate space policy to help build consensus about where to explore and how best to get there.
The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy program
- Is independent—it accepts no corporate or government funding.
- Empowers individuals to be effective advocates for space exploration.
- Educates the U.S. Congress to support our core enterprises of planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life.
- Develops original research and policy solutions to support the work of policymakers around the world.
"We need to make sure that we have groups like The Planetary Society always engaged, always interested. Get your friends involved, grow the base of the community that is necessary to support space exploration and the science and the discovery that goes along with it. I cannot tell you how important it is."
—NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Planetary Radio, April 2020
Nearly 500,000 messages sent to Congress and the White House by our members and supporters in the last decade.
Helped establish the first Planetary Science Caucus
in the United States Congress
Led the fight against cuts to NASA's planetary exploration program—helping it grow by more than $1.5 billion between 2013 and 2020.
Established the Day of Action, the largest annual in-person congressional outreach event open to the public and our members.
Reach more than 25,000 subscribers each month with The Space Advocate newsletter and the Space Policy Edition podcast.
How You Can Help
There is always something you can do: whether it's writing to your political representatives, educating yourself about space policy and politics, or even sharing your love of space with your family and friends.
Want to do something right now? If you live in the United States, our Action Center helps you reach out to Congress and the White House on relevant issues. If you'd like to up your advocacy game, consider joining us at the Day of Action—our annual event where Society members gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional offices in-person.
Scientia potentia est—knowledge is power. We provide training and academic-quality data products for anyone, for free, to enable you to be a high-performing space advocate. You can also learn about The Planetary Society's positions and policy goals to see what we're doing on our members' behalf.
Take it from us: keeping up with space politics is a full-time job. But we do the work for you, highlighting the most important, relevant, and consequential events so you can stay on top of the news.
Our monthly newsletter, The Space Advocate, provides a succinct summary of key events in space politics and policy. The Space Policy Edition podcast of Planetary Radio features insightful interviews with policy experts to explore the behind-the-scenes stories of how space works. We also track the developments of NASA's annual budget through Congress and regularly publish insightful policy analysis by our expert staff.
The Planetary Science Caucus is a bipartisan congressional caucus devoted to the promotion of planetary science and exploration, increasing awareness of the benefits of planetary exploration to industry and academia, and the search for life.
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