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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore below for answers to common questions about membership in The Planetary Society. Together we can create a better future through exploring other worlds and understanding our own.

When does the new Membership Program take effect?

The new program was announced on July 1st, 2016, and transition occurs starting July 26th. Current members will have the opportunity to renew into the new program at the date of their established renewal period, or may elect to renew early in order to start receiving the new benefits even sooner.

What was the reason for updating the former Membership Program structure?

After 35 years of working as a member-based organization, we felt it was time to renew and expand our commitment to working as collaborators with our members in designing the future of The Planetary Society. Formerly, we had multiple membership programs functioning independently. We want our new membership program to present a philanthropic experience for all of our members, inclusive of meaningful benefits and exciting ways to engage with our organization.

Are there still different rates for International and Domestic members?

We’ve done away with different rates based on your location - our International members now pay the same rates as our Domestic members. Maybe we’ll bring back that model in a few years, when we have Interplanetary members to join us!

What are the different levels of membership?

For existing members who wish to retain their traditional Planetary Society membership, we have the option of a Classic Membership, with a one-time payment of $37 available to US and Canadian members only (international members are already receiving a discount from their old, higher rates in our new program). Otherwise, the new Membership Program levels are outlined in the table below.

Level Sustaining Rate One-Time Rate
Regular Membership
Curiosity Team (Students) N/A $25
Explorer (Seniors) N/A $40
Explorer (Educators) N/A $45
Explorer (Individual) $4/month $50
Explorer (Family/Dual) $6/month $75
Mariner $10/month $125
Pathfinder $20/month $250
New Millennium Committee
Visionary $40/month $500
Scout $80/month $1,000
Surveyor $200/month $2,500
Rover $400/month $5,000
Pioneer $825/month $10,000
Voyager $1,650/month $20,000
New Horizons $2,500/month $30,000

What are the benefits of membership?

Memberships across all levels receive the following benefits:

  • Subscription to our acclaimed magazine, The Planetary Report, with a choice for digital or print delivery
  • Members-only e-newsletters, such as The Planetary Post
  • Access to members-only content on planetary.org (including Infinite Visions and MySky)
  • Personalized membership card
  • Planetary Society member donor badge for social media
  • Your name in space on select space missions
  • Invitations to Planetary Radio Live events
  • Invitation to apply for a NASA Federal Credit Union/Planetary Society Platinum Advantage Rewards VISA credit card
  • Access to exciting worldwide adventures through our member travel program

Higher levels of membership receive additional benefits. Click buttons below to review benefits:

Explorer (Individual)

The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt

Explorer (Dual/Family)

Two Planetary Society members-only T-shirts

Mariner

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll

Pathfinder

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop

Visionary

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop
  • New Millennium Committee recognition (including certificate signed by CEO Bill Nye)
  • Advocacy update calls with CEO Bill Nye and Policy Director Casey Dreier
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos

Scout

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop
  • New Millennium Committee recognition (including certificate signed by CEO Bill Nye)
  • Advocacy update calls with CEO Bill Nye and Policy Director Casey Dreier
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar

Surveyor

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop
  • New Millennium Committee recognition (including certificate signed by CEO Bill Nye)
  • Advocacy update calls with CEO Bill Nye and Policy Director Casey Dreier
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Sterling silver

Rover

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop
  • New Millennium Committee recognition (including certificate signed by CEO Bill Nye)
  • Advocacy update calls with CEO Bill Nye and Policy Director Casey Dreier
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Sterling silver
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail

Pioneer

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop
  • New Millennium Committee recognition (including certificate signed by CEO Bill Nye)
  • Advocacy update calls with CEO Bill Nye and Policy Director Casey Dreier
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Sterling silver
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in gold plating
  • Acknowledgement on Planetary Broadcast Radio
  • Invitation to witness the LightSail launch

Voyager

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop
  • New Millennium Committee recognition (including certificate signed by CEO Bill Nye)
  • Advocacy update calls with CEO Bill Nye and Policy Director Casey Dreier
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Sterling silver
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in gold plating
  • Acknowledgement on Planetary Broadcast Radio
  • Invitation to witness the LightSail launch
  • Postcards from Mars set (including book and art-framed photograph autographed by author and Planetary Society President Dr. Jim Bell)

New Horizons

  • The Planetary Society members-only T-shirt
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Planetary blue
  • Listing on The Society’s donor honor roll
  • LightSail poster by ChopShop
  • New Millennium Committee recognition (including certificate signed by CEO Bill Nye)
  • Advocacy update calls with CEO Bill Nye and Policy Director Casey Dreier
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in Sterling silver
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail
  • Planetary Society lapel pin in gold plating
  • Acknowledgement on Planetary Broadcast Radio
  • Invitation to witness the LightSail launch
  • Postcards from Mars set (including book and art-framed photograph autographed by author and Planetary Society President Dr. Jim Bell)
  • The Planetary Society brass telescope

Can I maximize my charitable deduction and opt-out of the donor gifts?

If you would like to maximize your donation to The Planetary Society, you may elect to opt-out of the tangible gifts associated with your membership level.

Why does it cost me less to select sustained monthly membership payments instead of the one-time payment structure?

The slightly reduced prices of a monthly membership are our way of demonstrating our gratitude for your sustained commitment to The Planetary Society’s mission and objectives.

Can I share a membership with someone, or are memberships only available to individuals?

If you share your love of space with a friend or family member, you two can sign up for our Explorer Family/Dual package, which includes two membership cards and two t-shirts upon registration or renewal.

Or, if you just want to make a gift to someone else, go to planetary.org/gift and select the level that you would like to give to a family member or loved one.

Can I give someone a gift membership?

If you share your love of space with a friend or family member, share your passion for space exploration by giving a gift membership to The Planetary Society. Go to planetary.org/gift and select the level that you would like to give—it’s that simple!

Are there any lower cost memberships available for students?

Yes! Our Curiosity Team membership is dedicated to providing inquisitive students a path to exploration and engagement.

Are there any lower cost memberships available for teachers and educators?

Yes! Teachers and educators can consider the Explorer level for educators, and receive a special membership rate. Thank you for cultivating the next generation of interplanetary explorers!

Are there any lower cost memberships available for seniors?

Yes! Seniors age 62+ can consider the Explorer level for seniors, and receive a special membership rate.

Do renewing members get premiums for new membership levels?

When existing members upgrade to our new membership levels, they will receive all of the benefits associated with the level to which they’ve upgraded.

How do I join?

Follow this link in order to fill out a membership form. Welcome to your place in space.

I’m already a member of The Planetary Society; how do I renew or upgrade my current membership?

To start receiving the benefits of our new Membership Program today, you can renew or upgrade your current membership here. By doing so, your membership start date will be reset to your new date of renewal or upgrade.

We’ll still honor the length of your previous membership if you don’t want to upgrade quite yet. Also, if you intend to renew at the Classic level, simply wait for your preset membership renewal date. We will send your regular renewal forms at that time. Thank you for being a part of our team!

Is my membership gift 100% tax deductible?

Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To calculate the tax-deductibility of your donation, deduct the fair market value of any of the items you may have received in consideration of your contribution. You'll find the fair market value of the benefits you received listed on the acknowledgement letter we send you after you make your donation. If you choose to decline all of the benefits with a listed fair market value, then your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

When will I receive my membership card and gift items?

Your membership card and any gift items you've selected will be mailed to you. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

Are there sizing charts and other product details for member t-shirts?

T-shirt specifications including sizing charts, features, and care instructions are available for both women's t-shirts (PDF) and men's t-shirts (PDF). Please note that men's 3X and 4X sizes are also available upon request.

New Planetary Society T-Shirt

The official new Planetary Society t-shirt is exclusively for members. Your head is the Sun in this beautiful print by Thomas Romer of Chop Shop where many worlds of our solar system are captured in their orbits. You'll find our own Earth appearing as Carl Sagan’s pale blue dot along with planets and moons. Look carefully, and you may just find Pluto lost in the Kuiper Belt... or is that Eris?

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