The Planetary Society Live

This page hosts live streams and recordings of past live events. Most of our interactive virtual events take place in the online member community. Log in or join as a member today to participate in live virtual book club meetings, expert Q&As, and more, or watch recordings of those events below. 

Past live events:

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Q&A with "The New World on Mars" author Robert Zubrin Mat Kaplan and Robert Zubrin discuss Robert's book The New World on Mars in this Book Club Q&A.

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Planetary People Live Q&A with Garry Hunt Mat Kaplan interviews Professor Garry Hunt, a former NASA scientist who worked on the Viking mission to Mars, Voyager's Grand Tour of the outer planets and beyond, and was a co-host on BBC's The Sky at Night for over 20 years.

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Q&A with "The Possibility of Life" author Jaime Green Mat Kaplan and science journalist Jaime Green discuss Jaime's book The Possibility of Life in this Book Club Q&A.

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Beyond the Horizon: Every Member Campaign LIVE Stream Mat Kaplan hosts CEO Bill Nye, COO Jenn Vaughn, and very special guest and member Taner Halicioglu to discuss final phase of the Beyond the Horizon: Every Member Campaign and why this campaign is critical to our future as the world's leading citizen space advocacy organization.

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Eclipse-O-Rama 2024 event livestream recording Watch the official Everyday Astronaut livestream recording of The Planetary Society's Eclipse-O-Rama 2024 member viewing event, which took place in honor of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, in Fredericksburg, Texas.

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Q&A with "Space Shuttle Stories" author Tom Jones Mat Kaplan and NASA shuttle astronaut Tom Jones discuss Tom's book Space Shuttle Stories in this Book Club Q&A.

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The Best Science-y Science Fiction with Andrew Fraknoi Let's talk about the books that put the science in science fiction! Mat Kaplan and Andrew Fraknoi, an esteemed astronomer, educator, science communicator, and author discuss a curated selection of both new and classic science fiction tales that adhere to science.

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NASA fiscal year 2025 budget Q&A Watch the Q&A session with our Chief of Space Policy, Casey Dreier, and Director of Government Relations, Jack Kiraly, on how the funding plans will affect our space programs. Hosted by Mat Kaplan.

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Q&A with "Moon Rush" author Leonard David Mat Kaplan and Leonard David discuss Leonard's book "Moon Rush" in this Book Club Q&A.

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In the Shadow of the Moon - A Planetary Society Guide to the April 8 Total Solar Eclipse Your Society is ready to help you get the most out of this rare and thrilling celestial event! Hear about our plans and the outstanding resources we’ve already put in place for the upcoming total solar eclipse. From the best eclipse map anywhere to our Eclipse-O-Rama celebration in Texas, we’ve got you covered when the Moon covers the Sun. Chief scientist Bruce Betts will be on hand to tell us how to safely enjoy this magnificent show in the sky.

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Q&A with "The Six" author Loren Grush Mat Kaplan and Loren Grush discuss Loren's new book "The Six" in this Book Club Q&A.

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Q&A with "A City on Mars" author Zach Weinersmith Mat Kaplan and Zach Weinersmith discuss "A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?" in this Book Club Q&A.

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2023 Impact Report webinar Planetary Society members power our mission, and thanks to you, our work has been very effective in 2023, increasing discoveries in our Solar System and beyond, elevating the search for other life, and decreasing the risk of Earth being hit by an asteroid. Hear the highlights of all we have accomplished together, as well as where we're headed next!

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SpaceX Starship launch November 2023 A livestream accompanying the Nov. 18, 2023, test launch of SpaceX's Starship, from Planetary Society partner Everyday Astronaut.

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Q&A with "We Are Not Alone" author Marc Hartzman Mat Kaplan and writer/historian Marc Hartzman discuss Marc's book We Are Not Alone in this Book Club Q&A.

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Q&A with "Life on Other Planets" author Aomawa Shields Mat Kaplan and astronomer/astrobiologist/classically trained actress Aomawa Shields discuss her newest book "Life on Other Planets" in this Book Club Q&A.