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NASA Budget Cuts Do Not Make Business Sense

Garry Hunt • February 22, 2012

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.

NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink

Bill Nye • February 13, 2012

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.

NASA is an Investment in the Future

Emily Lakdawalla • January 13, 2012

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.

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

Charlene Anderson • November 15, 2011

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

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

Charlene Anderson • November 15, 2011

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.

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

Charlene Anderson • November 11, 2011

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?"

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

Charlene Anderson • October 14, 2011

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.

Mars Missions Supported, Planetary Voices Heard

Charlene Anderson • October 13, 2011

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.

Mars Exploration Endangered by Bureaucratic (In)Action

Charlene Anderson • October 07, 2011

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.

A Skirmish Won, the Battle Will Continue

Charlene Anderson • September 17, 2011

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

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

Charlene Anderson • August 02, 2011

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.

The Skirmishing Has Begun

Charlene Anderson • July 12, 2011

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.

House subcommittee votes to slash NASA

Bill Nye • July 07, 2011

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.

From Earth Orbit to Washington, D.C.

Bill Nye • July 01, 2011

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

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

Emily Lakdawalla • June 14, 2011

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.

Memo to Australians: Tell your government if space exploration benefits your community

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2011

Australia's Space Policy Unit is conducting a survey of people in the commercial space industry, state and local governments, and education and research sectors as part of an effort to assess the economic value of civil space to the country.

Update on the NASA Authorization Bill

Louis D. Friedman • July 30, 2010

Yesterday, the Planetary Society issued a statement about the request that the U.S. House of Representatives suspend the rules when voting on the NASA Authorization bill, saying, in part, "The future of the space program is too important to rush through a controversial change in policy.

Urgent action required: Please call Senators TODAY

Louis D. Friedman • July 14, 2010

It's time to make phone calls to support space exploration. We're sending the following letter to all our members today, and urge everyone reading this to pick up the phone and take action.

Bill Takes a Job

Bill Nye • June 25, 2010

Bill gives an introduction about his feelings on his new position here at The Planetary Society.

U.S. Citizens: Please write your elected representatives about restarting plutonium-238 production!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 09, 2010

I'm hereby posting a request that was sent earlier today to members of the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society by its chair, Candy Hansen.

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