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What We're Fighting For

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/13 01:48 CST

We're fighting for the restoration of NASA's planetary sciences budget to return to its 2012 level. What does that get us? New financial analysis from our sources in the scientific community provides us a glimpse.

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Write the President: Re-election Edition

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/07 01:46 CST | 2 comments

We've had a great response to this advocacy push so far. Now that the President has been re-elected, our messages are even more important. Write today if you haven't, and spread to the word to your friends.

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D.C. Visit Update and Member Event Recap

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/10/17 02:39 CDT | 1 comment

During my visit to D.C. to discuss Planetary Exploration funding with key people on the Hill, members of the Planetary Society gathered at George Washington University to hear the latest science results from NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers.

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Mars Program Update from MEPAG

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2012/10/05 06:30 CDT | 1 comment

Bruce Betts reports on the status of the current and future Mars program and on acronyms from a meeting of NASA's MEPAG (Mars Exploration Analysis Program Analysis Group).

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The OMB Didn't See This Coming
We ran a successful campaign to influence those who create NASA's budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/09/21 09:58 CDT

In ten days, our members and supporters sent over 17,000 emails to staff members who create and influence NASA's planetary science budget. The public support is there. We're making difference but not letting up.

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Sequestration and Planetary Science
More cuts are coming. Or are they? No one seems to know.

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/09/17 02:36 CDT

The sequestration is coming on January 2nd, 2013. If Congress does nothing to prevent it, NASA's planetary science division stands to lose an additional $97 million to the already-proposed cut of $309 million for 2013.

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What if the Senate had a hearing on Mars and no one came?
Two out of twenty-five Senators bothered to show up to Wednesday's hearing

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/09/12 04:47 CDT | 3 comments

Today there was a Senate hearing on the future of Mars exploration, title "From Low-Earth Orbit to Mars" on Sept 12th, 2012, and only 2 out of 25 Senators came.

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Action Alert: Senate hearing on the future of Mars exploration this Wed

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/09/11 05:01 CDT | 3 comments

The Senate committee responsible for NASA is meeting this Wed, Sept 12th at 2:00pm EDT to discuss the future of Mars exploration. You can attend this event and show the Senators that the public is paying attention.

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Bringing a little star power to Capitol Hill

Posted by Jennifer Vaughn on 2012/05/09 08:11 CDT | 5 comments

On May 8, 2012, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson brought their unique brand of motivational speaking to Capitol Hill. In a standing-room-only lunch discussion in one of the meeting rooms for the Committee on Space, Science, Technology, these two space superstars, along with planetary scientist Louise Prockter, explained to members of Congress, staffers, and media why we must continue to invest in planetary exploration.

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Planetary Society Statement on Proposed Cuts to Planetary Science Budget

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2012/03/07 02:40 CST

The Planetary Society is deeply troubled with the priorities reflected in NASA's FY13 budget. If implemented, it will portend grave consequences for our nation's ability to conduct deep-space science missions and could irreversibly erode unique aspects of the space industrial base needed for such missions.

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NASA Budget Cuts Do Not Make Business Sense

Posted by Garry Hunt on 2012/02/22 12:18 CST

Garry Hunt brings a distinctive perspective to the now-raging debate over the cuts to NASA's science program proposed in the Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget.

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NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink

Posted by Bill Nye on 2012/02/13 01:16 CST | 3 comments

Today, NASA announced its budget for its fiscal year 2013. As you might imagine, there are large budget cuts. But, the planetary science program has been cut disproportionately. NASA's allocations are out of balance.

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NASA is an Investment in the Future

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/13 05:59 CST

The Planetary Society continues our strong political advocacy for space science and exploration. The following is an excerpt from a letter we sent to Jacob Lew of the Office of Management and Budget and the President's Chief of Staff.

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NASA On Verge of Getting a Budget -- Congress Will Vote This Week

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/11/15 04:03 CST

Here's a quick wrap-up of the "minibus" bill containing budget for NASA for fiscal year 2012, which started 6 six weeks ago.

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Planetary Society statement entered into testimony for House hearing on future of planetary science

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/11/15 11:58 CST

Today, The Planetary Society entered the following statement into testimony for the hearing "Exploring Mars and Beyond: What Next for U.S. Planetary Science?" held by the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

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U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Next Week; Show Up to Show Your Support for Space Exploration

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/11/11 04:08 CST

If want to demonstrate your support for planetary exploration -- and you're planning to be in the Washington, D.C. area next Tuesday, November 15, 2011 -- please consider adding your presence to the congressional hearing on "Exploring Mars and Beyond: What's Next for U.S. Planetary Science?"

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While the U.S. Stalls, Europe Moves On to Mars

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/10/14 03:21 CDT

The European Space Agency (ESA) seems to have gotten tired of waiting for NASA to commit to its share of the joint 2016/2018 Mars missions that were planned to lay the groundwork for an eventual delivery of samples of Mars to Earth.

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Mars Missions Supported, Planetary Voices Heard

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/10/13 05:38 CDT

It looks like we rattled a few cages in Washington, D.C. this week. White House staffers in the Office of Science and Technology Policy returned from their holiday weekend to find more than 1500 messages from Planetary Society Members waiting for them.

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Mars Exploration Endangered by Bureaucratic (In)Action

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/10/07 05:47 CDT

The road to Mars just seems to get longer and harder every day. The Planetary Society has just asked its Members to contact the White House and ask John Holdren, the President's Science Advisor, to make sure that NASA and ESA are allowed to work together on the 2016 and 2018 missions to Mars.

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A Skirmish Won, the Battle Will Continue

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/09/17 09:23 CDT

In this latest skirmish over NASA's budget, the numbers are in -- and it looks like we won!

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