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Planetary Science Just Got Its Best Budget in Years

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2017

The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funding the U.S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. NASA got a boost to $19.65 billion, and its Planetary Science Division saw a budget increase to $1.846 billion—its best budget in more than ten years.

Here's our exhaustive guide to Trump's 392-word NASA budget

Casey Dreier • March 23, 2017

We break down every sentence from Trump's new NASA budget, so you don't have to.

An Astronomer Learns to Make His CASE

Kevin Cooke • June 24, 2016

Science in America depends on federal funding, yet many young scientists don't understand how the U.S. government decides to spend its money on science, nor are they encouraged to use their new degrees to advise the process. This is changing with support from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Does Presidential Intervention Undermine Consensus for NASA?

Casey Dreier • April 13, 2016

Presidents induce polarization on topics they choose to promote. So is the best way for a President to promote consensus in NASA to speak quietly?

Three Things to Look for in NASA’s Coming Budget Request

Casey Dreier • February 04, 2016

The 2017 budget season is almost here. Next week, the White House will release its budget request for NASA. Here are three things I will immediately look for upon its release.

Slides from the LPSC 2015 Session on the Community Response to NASA's Budget Request

Casey Dreier • March 19, 2015

The Planetary Society helped organize a community response to the latest NASA budget at the 2015 meeting of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

At LPSC this year? Come to this special session on NASA's budget

Casey Dreier • March 16, 2015

For those of you who are here at LPSC 2015, we’ve organized a special session at noon on Tuesday, March 17th in the Montgomery Ballroom to bring together representatives from the three major professional organizations that represent planetary scientists to address your questions and concerns about NASA's 2016 budget request.

Highlights from our reddit Space Policy AMA

Casey Dreier • February 27, 2015

The space policy and advocacy team at The Planetary Society held an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit, here are some of the highlights.

Ask Me Anything (on reddit) About NASA's Budget

Casey Dreier • February 24, 2015

Starting at 11am PST/2pm EST on Wednesday, the space policy team at the Society will hold an AMA (Ask Me Anything) about NASA's new budget and the process of space exploration.

How NASA's Yearly Budget Request Comes Together

Jason Callahan • January 29, 2015

It takes a year to make, and is the starting point for all coming debate by Congress. It's the President's Budget Request, and understanding how it comes together is an important part of being an effective space advocate.

The President's 2016 Budget Is Coming

Casey Dreier • January 21, 2015

The 2016 budget cycle for NASA kicks off on Feb 2nd, when the White House releases the President's Budget Request. Here's what to look for.

What Happens When Space Projects Go Over Budget? The Curious Case of MSL’s Overrun

Jason Callahan • December 08, 2014

Jason Callahan takes a detailed look at the effects of Curiosity's cost overruns on NASA's budget.

The Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections for NASA

Casey Dreier • November 05, 2014

A Republican Senate will not drastically change the course of the nation's space program, though it will likely see less funding for NASA and a difficult path forward for the Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

The Antares Accident: Whose Rocket Was It?

Casey Dreier • October 30, 2014

Despite some in the media declaring it a NASA rocket disaster, Antares represents a new way of doing business. It's owned by a private company providing a service to NASA to resupply the space station. How is this different from other rockets NASA uses?

Happy Fiscal Year 2015! Though NASA Still Doesn't Have a Budget

Casey Dreier • October 01, 2014

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill before taking off to campaign for re-election, keeping NASA's 2015 budget in limbo for another two months.

A Glimpse Into NASA's New History Archives

Jason Callahan • September 23, 2014

NASA's immense reference collection got a makeover at its Washington, D.C. location recently. Jason Callahan gives you a glimpse behind the scenes as guests made their way into the new rooms while enjoying good conversation and, of course, Moon Pies.

NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • September 17, 2014

Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Growth. Peak. Collapse. Planetary exploration from 1959 - 1989

Jason Callahan • September 08, 2014

The first three decades of planetary exploration tell a story that sounds all-too-familiar to modern day space advocates. Growth, peak, and then collapse of hard-earned capability. This is the story of planetary science for the first half of its existence.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding

Jason Callahan • August 29, 2014

NASA has explored the solar system since the 1960s, but it has rarely been the top priority for the space agency. Jason Callahan breaks down how planetary science has been funded over the years within NASA's larger budget.

NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • August 28, 2014

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year.

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