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Planetary Society Newsletter June 2003

Status Report From: Planetary Society
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2003

READ THE ASTROBOT DIARIES

A new breed of explorer is on board the two Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft -- Astrobots Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust are part of The Planetary Society Astrobot Corps. Biff and Sandy are LEGO minifigure representations suited up for space. They appear on each of the DVDs on the MER spacecraft. Their job: tell their stories to the world through a series of entertaining, fun, online communications.

Read the http://redrovergoestomars.org/astrobots/index.html

INTRODUCING OUR EXPLORING MARS WEBSITE By early 2004, there will be seven spacecraft at Mars, sent by nations around the world! Explore this new web section to find out about the human campaign to understand Earth's closest relative in the solar system and follow these exciting missions.

Read about the 7 spacecraft to Mars at: http://www.planetary.org/mars/

ANNOUNCING A NEW GLOBAL VOLUNTEER LEADER

The Planetary Society is very pleased to announce Lonny Baker as its new Global Volunteer Leader. This is a new position which we are sure will strengthen the entire volunteer network. Lonny will be the point person for all of our volunteers and will guide them in setting up events around the world.

The Society will be calling on our volunteers for help with MarsWatch 2003, Planetfest '04 and our Cosmos I solar sail project.

Find out more about our volunteer network at: http://planetary.org/html/society/Volunteers/volunteers.html

STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE - A WORKSHOP IN MEMORY OF THE COLUMBIA 7

On April 29-30, 2003, The Planetary Society, the Association of Space Explorers, and the American Astronautical Society held a workshop at the George Washington University's Space Policy Institute about the future of human space transportation.

Conclusions from our workshop have been endorsed by The Planetary Society and the American Astronautical Society and by a number of astronauts present at the workshop.

Read the workshop conclusions at: http://planetary.org/workshop/index.html

PLANETARY RADIO

Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who can provide a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond.

Some recent highlights include:

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Sandy Moondust
Guest: Bill Nye the Science Guy

Joy Crisp is On Her Way to Mars
Guest: Dr. Joy Crisp, Project Scientist for the Mars Exploration Rovers

Society President Wes Huntress and a Little Guy Named Biff
Guest: Wes Huntress, Planetary Society President and Former NASA Associate Administrator

All Planetary Radio shows are archived at: http://planetary.org/audio/planetaryradio.html

RECOGNIZE SOMEONE SPECIAL: HONORARY AND MEMORIAL GIFTS

Would you like to honor the achievements of a family member, friend, or colleague? Or are you looking for a meaningful way to remember the life of a loved one, or send a message of sympathy to a friend or colleague at a time of loss?

Many of our Members answer these questions with a gift to The Planetary Society. Your honorary or memorial gift recognizes someone special and also supports space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life.

When you make an honorary or memorial gift, we will send the person honored or the family of the person memorialized an acknowledgement of your donation, without mention of the amount.

For more information about making an honorary or memorial gift, please contact Andrea Carroll at 626-793-5100, ext. 214 or andrea.carroll@planetary.org.

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