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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about membership in The Planetary Society. Join us and find your place in space.

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.

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

If you would like your gift to be 100% tax deductible and maximize your donation to The Planetary Society, you may elect to opt-out of the tangible gifts associated with your membership level.

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

As a new member, 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. A renewing Explorer member can also upgrade to Explorer Family/Dual and receive one additional T-shirt.

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, 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!

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.

How do I join/renew?

To join for the first time, follow this link in order to fill out a membership form. Welcome to your place in space!

If you are a current member who would like to renew, follow this link.

Are there different rates for International and Domestic members?

Our International members now pay the same rates as our Domestic members.

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.

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 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?

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

Thank you for being a part of our team! We have a special link for members who would like to renew.

Do renewing members get premiums for new membership levels?

When members upgrade to a new membership level, they will receive all of the benefits associated with the level to which they’ve upgraded. In addition, to thank you for your support, we offer unique premiums, like our T-shirt or lapel pin, to members the first time that you join or upgrade to a new level of membership.

When did the newly designed Membership Program take effect?

The current Membership Program was announced on July 1st, 2016 so we are now in year two of this transition. Members who enrolled in our former program are invited 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 creating the current Membership Program?

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. Our current membership program is designed to present a philanthropic experience for all of our members, inclusive of meaningful benefits and exciting ways to engage with our organization.

What are the different levels of membership?

The 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:

  • personalized membership card and social media donor badge
  • subscription The Planetary Report magazine
  • member e-newsletters such as The Planetary Post with Robert Picardo
  • access to members-only content on planetary.org
  • opportunities to influence space programs through our advocacy campaigns
  • invitation to special events including Planetary Radio Live
  • your name sent to space on select space missions
  • invitation to apply for a NASA/Planetary Society VISA credit card (U.S. members only)
  • access to our exciting worldwide member travel programs
  • a free .SPACE internet domain name of your choice for one year

In addition, as a special thank-you for your support, we offer unique premiums to members the first time that you join or upgrade to a new level of membership. Check out our cool swag!

Click buttons below to review additional member-level benefits:

Explorer (Individual)

With a membership gift of $4/mo or $50/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size

Explorer (Dual/Family)

With a membership gift of $6/mo or $75/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Two official member T-shirts in your choice of sizes
  • Two personalized membership cards

Mariner

With a membership gift of $10/mo or $125/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll

Pathfinder

With a membership gift of $20/mo or $250/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop

Visionary

With a membership gift of $40/mo or $500/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop
  • Recognition in the New Millennium Committee, the Society’s most prestigious donor recognition society, including name recognition in The Planetary Report and on planetary.org
  • Exclusive advocacy teleconferences with Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier and CEO Bill Nye
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos

Scout

With a membership gift of $80/mo or $1,000/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop
  • Recognition in the New Millennium Committee, the Society’s most prestigious donor recognition society, including name recognition in The Planetary Report and on planetary.org
  • Exclusive advocacy teleconferences with Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier and CEO Bill Nye
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar

Surveyor

With a membership gift of $200/mo or $2,500/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop
  • Recognition in the New Millennium Committee, the Society’s most prestigious donor recognition society, including name recognition in The Planetary Report and on planetary.org
  • Exclusive advocacy teleconferences with Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier and CEO Bill Nye
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Official sterling silver logo pin

Rover

With a membership gift of $400/mo or $5,000/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop
  • Recognition in the New Millennium Committee, the Society’s most prestigious donor recognition society, including name recognition in The Planetary Report and on planetary.org
  • Exclusive advocacy teleconferences with Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier and CEO Bill Nye
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Official sterling silver logo pin
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail

Pioneer

With a membership gift of $825/mo or $10,000/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop
  • Recognition in the New Millennium Committee, the Society’s most prestigious donor recognition society, including name recognition in The Planetary Report and on planetary.org
  • Exclusive advocacy teleconferences with Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier and CEO Bill Nye
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Official sterling silver logo pin
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail
  • Official gold-plated logo pin
  • Acknowledgement on Planetary Radio broadcast
  • Invitation to witness the LightSail 2 launch

Voyager

With a membership gift of $1,650/mo or $20,000/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop
  • Recognition in the New Millennium Committee, the Society’s most prestigious donor recognition society, including name recognition in The Planetary Report and on planetary.org
  • Exclusive advocacy teleconferences with Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier and CEO Bill Nye
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Official sterling silver logo pin
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail
  • Official gold-plated logo pin
  • Acknowledgement on Planetary Radio broadcast
  • Invitation to witness the LightSail 2 launch
  • Postcards from Mars set—book and art-framed photograph autographed by author and Planetary Society President, Dr. Jim Bell

New Horizons

With a membership gift of $2,500/mo or $30,000/yr, first-time or upgrading members will receive as a premium:

  • Official member T-shirt in your choice of size
  • Official member logo pin
  • Name listing on the Society's donor honor roll
  • LightSail® poster by ChopShop
  • Recognition in the New Millennium Committee, the Society’s most prestigious donor recognition society, including name recognition in The Planetary Report and on planetary.org
  • Exclusive advocacy teleconferences with Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier and CEO Bill Nye
  • Planetary Society greeting cards with planetary photos
  • Year in Space calendar
  • Official sterling silver logo pin
  • Pin, patch and medallion set for LightSail
  • Official gold-plated logo pin
  • Acknowledgement on Planetary Radio broadcast
  • Invitation to witness the LightSail 2 launch
  • Postcards from Mars set—book and art-framed photograph autographed by author and Planetary Society President, Dr. Jim Bell
  • The Planetary Society brass telescope
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