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House Committee Approves Smallest NASA Budget Since 1986

Casey Dreier • July 12, 2013

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

If we started today, how long would it take to get to Mars? With this budget, never.

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2013

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.

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

Casey Dreier • June 05, 2013

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.

Implementing Missions Within Budget—Good News

Van Kane • May 30, 2013

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • May 23, 2013

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.

Planetary Science Echoes Through the Halls of Congress

Casey Dreier • May 21, 2013

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

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

Casey Dreier • May 09, 2013

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

The White House Science Fair and an Earful for Bolden

Bill Nye • May 01, 2013

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.

American Astronomical Society Criticizes NASA Planetary Science Budget

Casey Dreier • April 30, 2013

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

Further Analysis of NASA's 2014 Budget Proposal

Van Kane • April 29, 2013

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.

House NASA Budget Hearing Live-blog

Casey Dreier • April 24, 2013

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

Twitter Accounts for Key Space Representatives

Casey Dreier • April 23, 2013

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

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

Casey Dreier • April 23, 2013

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.

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

Casey Dreier • April 22, 2013

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.

JPL's Open House Falls to the Sequester

Casey Dreier • April 18, 2013

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

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

Casey Dreier • April 16, 2013

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.

NASA's Planetary Doublespeak

Casey Dreier • April 11, 2013

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.

First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014

Van Kane • April 10, 2013

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.

Bad Budget News for NASA's Planetary Exploration Program

Bill Nye • April 10, 2013

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.

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

Casey Dreier • April 10, 2013

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

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