We believe the public should inform space policy
through civic engagement

Our Approach

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

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.

Take Action

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.

Educate Yourself

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.

Stay Informed

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.

Featured Projects

The Planetary Exploration Budget Dataset

The cost per mission, per year, for every robotic planetary exploration effort in NASA's history.

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Designing the Cassini Tour

Each Titan flyby is not a fork in the road, but rather a Los Angeles style cloverleaf in terms of the dizzying number of possible destinations. So how did our current and future plans for the path of the Cassini spacecraft come to be? That's the question Dave Seal put to me since that's my job -- I am a tour designer.

Ever Plan Ahead? How About Six Years Ahead?

Despite still being more than six years and just over 18 Astronomical Units from the Pluto system, the project team for New Horizons is conducting the second and final portion of our Pluto Encounter Preliminary Design Review (EPDR) tomorrow and the next day.

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The Planetary Society pin in front of the U.S. Capitol
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