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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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August Means Summer Recess for Congress But Let's Keep Up the Pressure for Space

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/08/02 04:53 CDT

Is this the time to forget about political action? No! It's time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) and write to your local newspaper proclaiming your support for space exploration.

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The Skirmishing Has Begun
Planetary Society Submits Statement on NASA Budget to Science Committee

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/07/12 05:02 CDT

Today, 12 July 2011, the Planetary Society submitted into testimony a written statement to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives for their hearing on NASA's Space Launch System.

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House subcommittee votes to slash NASA

Posted by Bill Nye on 2011/07/07 04:54 CDT

Today the U.S. House of Representative subcommittee charged with appropriating funds to NASA mandated a draconian cut of almost $2 billion from the space agency's proposed budget.

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From Earth Orbit to Washington, D.C.

Posted by Bill Nye on 2011/07/01 08:22 CDT

About a week ago, I attended the meeting of an organization I am excited about: the Alliance for Earth Observation. The conference was remarkable.

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URGENT: Call Appropriations Committee members to support Pu-238 production

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/06/14 02:21 CDT

I just got the following email from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), requesting anyone whose Congressperson sits on the Appropriations Committee to place a phone call to support the production of Plutonium-238, the isotope of plutonium that powers spacecraft that cannot run on solar power.

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