The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman to encourage the exploration of our solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life. With more than 100,000 members from over 140 countries, we are the largest space interest group on Earth. Our mission is to inspire the people of Earth through education, research, and public participation to explore other worlds and seek other life. The Society helps to make space exploration happen in many different ways, including: supporting and funding innovative and novel research and development projects; actively lobbying governments around the world; providing extensive coverage on current robotic space missions; and supporting educational activities.
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