Based in the U.S. with a global reach
Based in the United States, The Planetary Society works to inspire citizens around the globe to embrace and advance space science. By bridging the gap between the general public and the scientific community individuals from all walks of life can discover the extraordinary insights that can be derived from venturing beyond Planet Earth.
In addition to funding various science and engineering projects geared towards space exploration, the Society also helps guide space policy on a governmental level by working to ensure that NASA has the funding necessary to continue their work.
The Society even gets ordinary people involved by crowdfunding space technologies and projects, and by giving citizens a stronger voice in advocating for space exploration. You certainly don’t need to be a science expert to support the work of this incredible group, and there are many ways that anyone can participate, from simply becoming a member, to volunteering, or even going on thrilling expeditions.
“Carl Sagan founded the Society to keep citizens participating in, advocating for, and educating themselves on space exploration. We're trying to be the citizen link in the endeavor of space exploration. We can work with government agencies and private companies with the public to bring a cohesive voice to lawmakers to make sure space exploration is still happening.”
But The Planetary Society doesn’t only support efforts in the United States; it also aims to help other countries find ways of answering some of science’s biggest questions. Take, for example, their recent work in Australia. With the help of Planetary Society, the Australian government has created its own space agency, which officially commenced operations on July 1 2018.