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Further Analysis of NASA's FY15 Budget Proposal: Steady As She Goes?

Van Kane • March 22, 2014

The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget details were released last week. For the next several years, the budget proposes a steady as she goes plan, but with two “what are they thinking?” surprises.

Calling Congress Is Easy

Kirby Runyon • March 21, 2014

Calling your senators and representatives about NASA's budget isn't that bad. In fact, I just took 15 minutes out of my day to do it! If you're not sure what to say to support planetary exploration, I hope you'll be inspired by what I've transcribed from my phone call this afternoon.

Pounding the Pavement in Congress, Together

Casey Dreier • March 01, 2014

A coalition of grassroots pro-space advocates descended on Washington, D.C. this week, and held over 100 meetings with representatives and staff throughout Congress to argue for increased investment in NASA.

A Note on the State of Planetary Science

Heidi Hammel • January 22, 2014

Heidi Hammel, the Chair of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Science, reacts to the recent budget news and the uncertain future for planetary science at NASA.

[Updated] Let's Blitz Congress!

Casey Dreier • January 17, 2014

The Space Exploration Alliance is descending on the halls of Congress to advocate for space exploration. Join me and others on Feb 23rd - 25th in Washington, D.C. and speak up for space.

Continued Victories for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • January 16, 2014

Pat yourself on the back. Planetary exploration will be more vibrant in 2014 thanks to you. More than fifty thousand messages were sent to Congress this year, and they listened, adding back a significant amount of money in the 2014 Omnibus spending bill.

Congress to NASA: Don't You Dare Steal Money Away from Planetary Science Again

Casey Dreier • January 14, 2014

Congress scolded NASA for abusing its operating plan to remove money from Planetary Science last year, giving them a warning to not try that again.

NASA’s New Planetary Mission Woes

Van Kane • December 27, 2013

NASA’s planetary science program depends on regular missions to solar system bodies to gather data. A combination of budget cuts and previous commitments to develop missions currently in the pipeline means that development of follow on missions may slow to a crawl. Van Kane looks at the current situation and NASA’s plans and then look at options the agency may consider if budgets remain tight into the next decade.

The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2013

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer.

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Bill Nye • December 05, 2013

Bill Nye writes President Obama arguing that the President should embrace a bold future of planetary exploration.

What's Going on With Planetary Science Research?

Casey Dreier • December 04, 2013

Budget cuts mixed with a new way to fund science could disproportionately impact the next generation of planetary scientists.

NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2013

The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems.

Will We Lose Cassini’s "New" Mission at Saturn to Budget Cuts?

Van Kane • November 12, 2013

NASA’s shrinking budgets for planetary exploration may force it to decide between continued funding for the Saturn Cassini mission and the continued funding for its Mars missions.

We Need You to Stand Up for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 08, 2013

Congress and the White House are making decisions that impact funding for NASA's Planetary Exploration missions. We need to tell them that YES we are paying attention and care about the future of exploration.

Announcement for DPS 2013: New plan for "Agency Night" features...me!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2013

I'll be representing The Planetary Society on a quickly-replanned panel at tomorrow's Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Agency Night, in the absence of any representatives from federal funding agencies.

NASA's MAVEN Mission Spared from Shutdown

Casey Dreier • October 03, 2013

Launch preparations will resume for NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch to Mars on November 18th. Work had previously been suspended, potentially causing the spacecraft to miss its once-every-26-month launch opportunity.

Our Debt to NASA - Fighting the Pernicious Myth of NASA as Unnecessary

Casey Dreier • September 10, 2013

A recent article in the NY Times Sunday Magazine highlights how the pernicious myth of NASA as wasteful spending perpetuates through our culture.

NASA Backs Off From Additional Planetary Cuts in 2013

Casey Dreier • September 01, 2013

The final operating plan for the space agency provided $75 million more to planetary exploration than initially proposed.

Finally, an FY13 NASA Planetary Budget, Just 11 Months Late

Van Kane • August 30, 2013

The final news for NASA's Planetary Science program is better than had been proposed, but still a substantial cut over the previous year. There may be serious future consequences as a result of the smaller program.

August Advocacy Update: Where We Stand

Casey Dreier • August 15, 2013

Planetary exploration sees strong support from both parties in the current budget process, but we have a long way to go before a budget is passed this year.

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