LightSail 2 goes above and beyondOur crowdfunded photo voltaic crusing spacecraft has been in orbit for greater than two years now, and it’s doing greater than what was ever thought attainable. LightSail 2 continues to broaden our understanding of photo voltaic crusing, with new science and engineering objectives set for its prolonged mission. It’s additionally informing new photo voltaic crusing missions, beginning with NASA’s upcoming NEA Scout. As if that wasn’t sufficient, LightSail 2 continues to encourage the general public to dream larger about what’s attainable when individuals work collectively. The Smithsonian’s FUTURES exhibition, which opened this November, showcases the science of photo voltaic crusing and tells the story of how tens of 1000’s of individuals (you!) got here collectively to make this groundbreaking mission occur. We’re all wanting ahead to seeing what LightSail 2 will accomplish subsequent because of your ongoing help as a member — this yr, you donated greater than $150,000 to help the prolonged mission!Celebrating area all over the worldOctober 2021 was an enormous month for celebrating area, and we had been proud to collaborate internationally to benefit from it. For International Observe the Moon Night on October 16, we related our members and audiences all over the world with occasions taking place of their space and on-line to rejoice our celestial companion and the inspiring work being performed to know it. For World Space Week (October 4-10), we helped promote this yr’s official theme, Celebrating Women in Space, by partnering with the World Space Week Association, the SETI Institute and Unistellar to encourage a ardour for area in ladies all over the world.Connecting with leaders in spaceThis yr, The Planetary Society was invited to satisfy privately with the leaders of two nationwide area businesses to deepen the affect we have now on area science and exploration. NASA administrator Bill Nelson met with our CEO, Bill Nye, and our Chief of Washington Operations, Brendan Curry, to discover new methods for the Society to help NASA’s work. Canadian Space Agency President Lisa Campbell met with our Canadian Space Policy Adviser, Kate Howells, and different Society management to increase her appreciation for our advocacy work in Canada and to set the stage for extra collaboration to come back. We are honored to attach instantly with these leaders, and we’re excited to create new alternatives so that you can make an affect on the way forward for area.The Planetary Society receives a significant grantThe nice work that your membership helps was acknowledged this yr by Blue Origin’s nonprofit basis, Club for the Future, which chosen The Planetary Society as one in every of 19 organizations to obtain a $1 million grant. These funds don’t include any necessities apart from to help our energetic strategic plan, Space for Everyone, as we proceed to extend public involvement in advancing planetary exploration, looking for life past Earth and defending Earth from harmful asteroids and comets. As a Planetary Society member, you may be pleased with the popularity we proceed to obtain as one of many world’s main area organizations. We’re wanting ahead to all we are able to accomplish along with the help of this grant.