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Plutonium-238 is Crucial for Space Exploration – and it's Running Out

Casey Dreier • September 20, 2013

Plutonium-238 provides electricity to deep space missions, but NASA only has a little bit left. A new article in Wired highlights the disastrous consequences of no plutonium for use in space, something the Planetary Society is currently fighting for in Washington, D.C.

SpaceNews Highlights the Planetary Society's Advocacy Work

Casey Dreier • August 30, 2013

The Planetary Society is "making a difference" in the space industry, according to SpaceNews, the world's leading newspaper covering the space business.

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.

Remembering the Pluto Campaign: A Success Story

Casey Dreier • July 22, 2013

The New Horizons mission to Pluto survived many near-death encounters with cancellation during its development. The Planetary Society worked the whole time to ensure it would launch.

Congress Rejects NASA's First Operating Plan

Casey Dreier • July 15, 2013

NASA's plan to raid Planetary Science funding to pay for sequester cuts in other science programs was rejected by Congress earlier this month. NASA is now working on a new plan that has yet to be submitted for approval.

The Goal is Mars

Bill Nye • July 10, 2013

Today, The Planetary Society submitted our white paper to the National Research Council's call for "input" on human spaceflight. It's derived from work we did back in 2008 brought up to date.

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.

Planetary Society Hangout: Advocacy Update

Casey Dreier • May 23, 2013

The Planetary Society just returned from a major political advocacy trip out to D.C. what did we do and what did we achieve? What's going on with the current funding situation regarding Planetary Science and NASA at large? How does the asteroid retrieval mission help or hurt planetary exploration goals? What's the larger plan and what are the consequences if cuts continue?

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.

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.

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.

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.

What To Watch For In The 2014 Budget

Casey Dreier • April 03, 2013

Here are the big items to watch for when the White House proposes its 2014 budget on April 10th.

A Major Political Victory for The Planetary Society

Bill Nye • March 29, 2013

The Planetary Society just achieved a major victory in our efforts to ensure strong funding for NASA’s planetary exploration.

Washington Update

Bill Nye • February 11, 2013

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to the House Science committee about the importance of space and scientific research. Bill Nye also visited with Congressman Culberson and Congressman Wolf's chief of staffabout supporting NASA's Planetary Science Program.

Tell Us How Planetary Science Is Cheap, Be Entered to Win

Casey Dreier • February 06, 2013

Submit an entry comparing the cost of Planetary Science at NASA to...anything. You'll be entered to win a prize. Exploring the solar system costs less than many people think, let's give everyone food for thought.

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