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House Committee Approves Smallest NASA Budget Since 1986

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/12 12:40 CDT | 8 comments

This budget, if enacted, would be the smallest budget NASA has seen since the mid '80s, when adjusted for inflation.

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If we started today, how long would it take to get to Mars? With this budget, never.
Analysis of the House Science Committee Hearing on the 2013 NASA Authorization Bill

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/19 04:38 CDT | 6 comments

The House of Representatives held a hearing today to discuss their proposed NASA authorization bill, which would fund Planetary Science, cut Earth Science, forbid asteroid retrieval, and command NASA to pursue a path to Mars via the Moon.

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Download This One-Page Summary on the Threat to Planetary Science

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/05 07:11 CDT | 5 comments

When we visit Congress, this is what we leave them with. This one page summarizes the entire threat to continued planetary exploration at NASA in the proposed 2014 budget.

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Implementing Missions Within Budget -- Good News

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/05/30 12:33 CDT | 1 comment

Last decade, cost overruns on a number of planetary missions stretched NASA's budget. Recent missions, though, have stayed within budget. However, the cost of fiscal discipline may have meant staying close to home.

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Statement from the AAS on Proposed Elimination of NASA Science Education & Public Outreach Programs

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/05/23 02:11 CDT | 2 comments

The American Astronomical Society has issued a strongly worded statement against NASA's proposed elimination of its education and public outreach programs, and I agree with it.

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Planetary Science Echoes Through the Halls of Congress
We traveled to D.C. to advocate for continued planetary exploration at NASA

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/21 02:12 CDT | 3 comments

The Planetary Society just returned from a big trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for continued planetary exploration. Here's what happened.

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The Planetary Society Travels to Washington, D.C. Next Week

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/09 01:28 CDT | 2 comments

We're storming D.C. next week to raise awareness of continued cuts to NASA's Planetary Science Division.

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The White House Science Fair and an Earful for Bolden

Posted by Bill Nye on 2013/05/01 11:53 CDT | 10 comments

I meet the future of science in the United States, and I speak directly to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about my concerns for Planetary Science funding.

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American Astronomical Society Criticizes NASA Planetary Science Budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/30 01:38 CDT

The AAS made a strong critique of proposed cuts to NASA's Planetary Science program today.

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Further Analysis of NASA's 2014 Budget Proposal

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/04/29 11:19 CDT | 7 comments

Now that groups and individuals have had time to digest the proposed 2014 NASA Planetary Science budget, they are highlighting the impacts of the proposed cuts. We are also getting the first independent reactions to the proposal to bring an asteroid to lunar orbit as a target for human exploration.

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House NASA Budget Hearing Live-blog

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/24 12:59 CDT | 3 comments

Live blog of comments and analysis from the House Science Committee's hearing on NASA's 2014 Budget.

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Twitter Accounts for Key Space Representatives

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/23 01:05 CDT

Here are the official Twitter accounts for key people in Congress associated with supporting Planetary Science.

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[updated] Tweet #fundPlanetary Today and Spread the Word to Help Save Planetary Exploration

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/23 07:04 CDT | 3 comments

Congress meets this week to discuss the 2014 NASA budget. We need as many people to reach out as possible so Planetary Science is on the agenda.

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Planetary Science Is Fading to Black, Claims New Op-Ed

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/22 02:35 CDT | 4 comments

A powerful new op-ed in SpaceNews traces the inevitable decline of NASA's Planetary Science missions if the current cuts to the program are implemented.

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JPL's Open House Falls to the Sequester

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/18 05:11 CDT | 3 comments

JPL announced that its annual open house was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday, another victim of the arbitrary cuts known as the Sequester.

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What We're Doing About NASA's Planetary Science Budget Cut

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/16 05:43 CDT | 5 comments

All cylinders are firing here in the Society as we rev up a big response for the White House's NASA budget that proposes another $200 million cut to Planetary Science.

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NASA's Planetary Doublespeak

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/11 06:22 CDT | 3 comments

´╗┐NASA went on an unusual tweet-binge praising planetary science today, saying that the struggling division "thrives" and highlighting various missions mainly developed in better times. NASA made five tweets in a row about planetary science over the course of two hours.

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First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/04/10 06:13 CDT | 7 comments

No mission to Europa, diminished funding for outer planets missions, a small bump to small spacecraft missions, and an increase for asteroid detection are part of the White House's proposal for NASA in 2014.

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Bad Budget News for NASA's Planetary Exploration Program

Posted by Bill Nye on 2013/04/10 12:08 CDT | 13 comments

The Administration just released its proposed budget for 2014 and it contains some very bad news for NASA's planetary exploration program. Just three weeks ago the U.S. Congress rejected similar cuts proposed for planetary exploration last year. It was a clear statement of support by both Congress and the public: planetary exploration is an affordable national priority.

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2014 NASA Budget Cuts $200 million from Planetary Science -- Again

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/10 12:00 CDT | 1 comment

NASA's new budget doubles down on cuts to Planetary Science, despite Congress rejecting a similar proposal last year.

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