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Causes: Physical & Earth Sciences, Technology

Mission: The Planetary Society exists to promote public awareness and citizen involvement in exploration of the solar system, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the quest for knowledge, which benefits all aspects of our lives. Advocacy and public information about discoveries -- primarily via publications, education programs, lectures and public events -- and the use of mass media are the Society's two major tools. At the same time, the Society fosters planetary exploration by implementing new ideas, techniques, innovative research and technology, and by encouraging collaborative initiatives by the private sector, government agencies and international governments' space programs to maximize the world's progress in planetary exploration.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Space is our future and will be very vital to the understandings of our past and future. The Planetary Society is able to educate children and in turn broaden their ever growing minds into loving and appreciating the importance of this field.

1 Jay R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Planetary Society rates among the most valiant and noble of all human endeavor. As humans, our history has been a sad one of the conquering of each other through increasing technological strife. Without greater challenges and goals, we seem compelled to compete for smaller bits of a very finite place. The Planetary Society teaches us about the real abilities to reach out beyond our beautiful planet and consider, perhaps for the first time in history, how cooperation can send us out in admirable voyages of fascinating discovery, beyond conflict, to become the greatest note in history. We would be required to set aside our differences for the sake of a goal that could only be achieved by the participation of all of us. As a member, I get the very closest to being part of this and I am the ordinary "Joe off the streets." The ability of the staff at Planetary to inform at varying levels has kept my interest here for many years though I couldn't always keep my membership active. It gets technical and space exploration science is explained for the less technically minded. I could go on about this organization and only scratch the surface.

1 Cane K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dr Carl Sagan influenced me greatly in my teen years and since. I have been a member since 1995 and have seen The Planetary Society (co-founded by Dr. Sagan) do some amazing government lobbying that saved missions like the Pluto Probe, and others. Periodically we get news of great things that receivers of grants from The Planetary Society have accomplished.

I am always interested in planetary exploration get all the latest from the Planetary Society's various publications.