- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - An anonymous donor has given the Planetary Society an astronomical gift.

The Pasadena-based space society founded by Carl Sagan announced Monday that it has received a $4.2 million donation - the largest single contribution in its history.

The donor is a member of the society.

CEO Bill Nye says the money will help the group with its technology, research, advocacy and education programs.

Those include tracking near-Earth objects; developing spacecraft that use solar sails for propulsion, and searching for intelligent life outside of the solar system.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide