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A Look Back at an Amazing Year

Jennifer Vaughn • December 31, 2014

As excited as we are to jump into 2015, I want to take time to reflect on the year coming to a close and applaud all that we’ve accomplished working together.

Here's How Planetary Science Will Spend Its $1.44 Billion in 2015

Casey Dreier • December 19, 2014

The story of NASA's 2015 budget ended on December 16th, when President Barack Obama signed the massive omnibus spending bill into law. NASA's increased budget is locked in, as is the increase to Planetary Science. Here's how Planetary spends its additional money.

[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed

Casey Dreier • December 14, 2014

Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature.

NASA's Budget Increase Is A Step Closer to Reality

Casey Dreier • December 12, 2014

By a narrow vote, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 'CRomnibus' spending bill, which includes an increase to NASA and its Planetary Science Division. It now moves on to the Senate.

[Updated] The CRomnibus Comes Through for NASA and Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2014

The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division.

Want Funding? Then Be a National Priority

Jason Callahan • November 14, 2014

On Monday, Jason Callahan published an article in The Space Review discussing the importance of aligning the goals of federally funded scientific communities with national priorities. This post highlights some of the main points of the article and suggests a possible role for The Planetary Society.

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.

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.

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2014

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science.

Recovery. Peak. Collapse. Planetary Science from 1990 - 2014

Jason Callahan • September 11, 2014

The history of planetary exploration repeats itself starting with a resurgent program in the 90s and 2000s that launched a new fleet of planetary spacecraft. Like our first story, this great success rewarded by deep budget cuts.

Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress

Casey Dreier • September 09, 2014

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th.

NASA's Budget Stalls Out

Casey Dreier • July 29, 2014

Congress has all but given up its goal of passing a budget before the end of this fiscal year in September. Instead, we will likely see a temporary extension through the elections in November.

The Senate's Flawed NASA Bill Hits a Bump in the Road

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2014

For the second day in a row, the Senate failed to vote on a bill that would fund NASA and other agencies in 2015. Without passage, no progress can be made addressing the flaws contained within.

One Number, Two Budgets

Van Kane • June 17, 2014

The Senate and House have both agreed to increase NASA's budget to $17.9 billion, but they have very different ways of spending that money.

Building Our Community by Being Part of it

Jennifer Vaughn • June 06, 2014

The last six weeks have been especially busy due to an unusually high number of conferences and festivals, so I thought I'd summarize what's been going on and how The Planetary Society has been involved.

[Updated] The Senate Proposes $17.9B for NASA, Matching the House's Increase

Casey Dreier • June 04, 2014

The Senate released early details about its budget for NASA in 2015. The top-line level, $17.9 billion, is an increase over the President's proposal and matches the level passed by the full House last week.

Making the Rounds on Capitol Hill

Bill Nye • June 04, 2014

There's an old saying about Washington, D.C.: it’s a small town, based on relationships. We are establishing very good relationships with members of the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Three of us made the rounds recently, going from one Congressional Member’s office to another to support planetary exploration and a mission to Europa. Our team included Casey Dreier, our Director of Advocacy; Bill Adkins, our lobbyist in Washington; and me.

If You Propose to Take Money from NASA, We Notice

Casey Dreier • June 03, 2014

During the floor debate for the House's budget for NASA and other agencies, three members of Congress submitted amendments to shift money from NASA to other programs. We noticed.

Live in California or Maryland?

Casey Dreier • May 30, 2014

The Senate is about to release its draft NASA budget, and we need to ensure their support for planetary exploration.

The House Passes a $435 Million Increase to NASA's Budget

Casey Dreier • May 30, 2014

After a multi-day floor debate, the House of Representatives passed its Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill, which included a NASA budget $435 million above the President's 2015 request and an increase to planetary science.

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