TPS april 2007
TPS april 2007 April 2007 THE PLANETARY SOCIETY MEMBERS NEWSLETTER ============================= IN THIS ISSUE: ============================= WHAT WE DO - S.O.S., Planetary Radio EXPLORE - Ray Bradbury, Earth Images PARTICIPATE - Global Volunteer Network FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - New Board President, Earth Is a Planet, Too =============================== WHAT WE DO =============================== * S.O.S. Update: Restore the Vision Louis Friedman, Executive Director of The Planetary Society, testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies urging Congress to "Restore NASA's Vision".
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THE PLANETARY SOCIETY
IN THIS ISSUE:
WHAT WE DO - S.O.S., Planetary Radio
EXPLORE - Ray Bradbury, Earth Images
PARTICIPATE - Global Volunteer Network
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - New Board President,
Earth Is a Planet, Too
WHAT WE DO
* S.O.S. Update: Restore the Vision
Louis Friedman, Executive Director of The Planetary
Society, testified to the U.S. House of Representatives
Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
Science, and Related Agencies urging Congress to
"Restore NASA's Vision".
Read more >>
* Planetary Radio -- Haven't Heard it Yet?
Give us a listen. Available for download or via podcast.
April's Shows included:
- Science Fiction Author Kim Stanley Robinson Saves Earth
Guest: Kim Stanley Robinson
- Spaceward Bound: Chris McKay Leads Scientists
and Teachers in the Mojave Desert
Guest: Chris McKay
- Cosmology: Five Big Things You Need to Know
Guest: Liz Kruesi
- A Sea Under the South Pole of Enceladus
Guest: Geoffrey Collins
Hear these shows and more >>
* Special Section:
Earth Images from Planetary Spacecraft
The Apollo program produced the first images that
introduced us to Earth as a colorful marble floating
in black space, which revolutionized public
perception of our fragile planet. Mariner 10 and
Voyager 1 both took such snapshots, as did Mars
Odyssey and Venus Express. Other spacecraft traveling
to other planets like Galileo, Rosetta, and MESSENGER,
shot photos and even movies as they flew by. Some
planetary travelers -- like Voyager 1, Mars Global
Surveyor, Cassini, and even the Mars Exploration
Rover Spirit -- were even able to turn back toward
Earth and capture distant glimpses of their home
planets from their eventual destinations.
View images of Earth >>
* Ray Bradbury Awarded a Special Citation
by the Pulitzer Committee
The Planetary Society congratulates Ray Bradbury,
one of our advisors, who has just been awarded a Special
Citation by the Pulitzer Committee "for his distinguished,
prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched
author of science fiction and fantasy."
Read More >>
Some Recent Planetary Headlines
- "Habitable" Planet Discovered Orbiting Nearby Star
- STEREO Returns First 3-D Images of the Sun
- Astronomers Map Out Planetary "Danger Zones"
- Human and Spacecraft Errors Together Doomed
Mars Global Surveyor
- NOAA and NASA Restore Climate Sensor to
Upcoming Earth Monitoring Satellite
- Venus Express Celebrates One Year in Orbit
Read these headlines and more >>
or read our daily blog updates >>
Do you want to...?
- Unravel the mysteries of space?
- Search for life on other worlds?
- Find new planets outside our solar system?
- Make missions of exploration happen?
Membership in The Planetary Society is your ticket
to space exploration.
Not a Member yet?
Join together with our International membership
and help shape the future of space exploration.
* Global Volunteer Network
Volunteers are a vital part of who we are and what
we do. They coordinate and represent the Society at
public events, including celebrations tied to
missions or planetary activities, panel discussions,
star parties, hands-on demonstrations and lectures;
they assist staff with projects; they promote
membership; and they engage the public in Society
projects, including contests, advocacy campaigns
and educational activities like our Messages
from Earth program, which recently included sending
wishes to the Moon on the Selene mission and sending
names to Mars on the Phoenix lander mission.
Many dedicated volunteers from around the
world have joined the network.
Want to get more involved?
Find out More >>
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
* Society Elects New President and
Adds Mission to Understand Earth
by Louis Friedman
"I am pleased to tell you that our Board of Directors
has elected Neil deGrasse Tyson as the new President
of The Planetary Society. Neil has been Board
Chair for the past three years, but now as President,
he takes a more direct role in setting Society policy
and direction. I am also glad to tell you that Bill
Nye the Science Guy will continue as Vice-President,
and I will continue on the Board as Secretary-Treasurer
and as Executive Director as I have for the past 27 years.
At this same Board of Directors meeting at which
we elected our new officers, we also added a phrase
to our mission statement: understand our own --
referring to understanding Earth."
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