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The Planetary Academy

A project in Pasadena, CA by Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society

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For kids who love space
Backers: 1247
Average Pledge Per Backer: $94

Funded: $116,608 of $50,000
Dates: Aug 31st -> Sep 30th (30 days)
Project By: Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society
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Latest News

24 Hours Left to Back The Planetary Academy!

September 29th - via:
Hello Academy Backers!  Dr. Bruce Betts here, reminding you that we’re just 24 hours away from the end of our campaign. What a ride! Thanks to you, we’ve met our initial funding goal (and our stretch goals too, yay!). As we finish off the... (Read More)

More from The Planetary Academy Illustrator

September 26th - via:
Hi again, Academy backers! Suze, The Planetary Academy illustrator here! Growing up as a creative type, I didn’t think I’d have the chance to explore much in the world of science. I loved learning about animals and ecosystems, but the analytical... (Read More)

Introducing The Planetary Academy Illustrator, Suzanna Stapler

September 22nd - via:
Hey there, backers! I wanted to jump in to introduce myself to you all too — I’m Suzanna "Suze" Stapler, designer and illustrator for The Planetary Academy project. About Me I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, and even from a... (Read More)

Planetary Academy Hoodie Design

September 20th - via:
Hi again, backers! As promised, since we reached our second stretch goal of $80,000 last week, we wanted to share with you The Planetary Academy hoodie design.  Planetary Academy Hoodie This classic kangaroo pouch hoodie reward was unlocked because... (Read More)

Flying past str-e-e-e-tch goals!

September 17th - via:
Dear Planetary Academy Backers, Because of your overwhelming support, we have surpassed our second stretch goal of $80,000 in record time - wow! I have to pause for just a moment and simply say thank you. Truly thank you. I am honored to have you... (Read More)

Another Matching Gift Opportunity

September 16th - via:
Hi again, backers! With over $75,000 raised, we are now over halfway to our second stretch goal of $80,000 — wow, you all move fast! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic backing of The Planetary Academy. We are thrilled to be able to offer this... (Read More)

We Did It - Stretch Goal Met + New Rewards!

September 15th - via:
Greetings, Backers! You continue to blow us away with your support! Thanks to you all, we’ve reached our first stretch goal - in just over a day. Wow! We’ve reached $75,000 - $70,000 on Kickstarter plus the additional $5,000 from our generous... (Read More)

Matching Gift Boost + Final T-Shirt Design Options

September 14th - via:
Hi Planetary Academy backers, Nicole Barnes here, dropping in to introduce myself. I’m the Director of Community Giving at The Planetary Society and one of the team members helping to launch The Planetary Academy. Because of your support, we’re... (Read More)

More About The Planetary Academy from Dr. Bruce Betts

September 7th - via:
Hi, backers!  Dr. Bruce Betts here, Chief Scientist at The Planetary Society. I’ve authored six space-related children’s books, and now I am super excited to explore a new way to engage kids in the wonders of space as the author and lead content... (Read More)

We're Funded!

September 4th - via:
Greetings Planetary backers!  Thank you all so much for supporting The Planetary Academy!  Wow! We hit our goal of $50,000 in just 4 days. Even better... we have plenty of time to reach and exceed our first $75,000 str e e e e tch goal.  You'll... (Read More)

Funding Goal Within Reach... Stretch Goal Announcement!

September 3rd - via:
Stretch Goal #1 is Here! Hello again, Planetary backers!  You continue to blow us away as we get ever closer to achieving our goal. This morning we are already at 95%! Thank you for backing our project and please continue to spread the word by... (Read More)

Planetary Progress!

September 1st - via:
Greetings, backers!  Wow - we're off like a rocket - we launched just over 24 hours ago and we're already 73% funded with 353 backers. This is very exciting - thank you!  I love space, and I love to learn about our place in space, and how we fit in... (Read More)

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