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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.

More Support for the 2011 Budget Proposal

Louis D. Friedman • May 20, 2010

The new joint statement by space organizations representing a large segment of the science and space-interest community, including The Planetary Society, is a terrific endorsement for the 2011 budget proposal for NASA.

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart Boosts New NASA Plan

Charlene Anderson • May 19, 2010

It's the hottest debate I've seen in 30 years of following space policy -- this uproar over NASA's proposed FY 2011 budget.

Planetary Society Tells Congress "Reassert Optimism, Inspire Future Generations"

Louis D. Friedman • May 12, 2010

Two weeks ago, The Planetary Society submitted a statement to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee considering the fiscal year 2011 budget request for NASA.

From the Executive Director: Space Exploration is Non-partisan

Louis D. Friedman • April 21, 2010

I've been getting a tremendous amount of e-mail (and old-fashioned postal mail, too) in response to the new plan for human space exploration announced by the Obama Administration.

Back from the President's Space Conference

Louis D. Friedman • April 16, 2010

Yesterday, I -- together with Planetary Society Board members Jim Bell, Bill Nye, Neil Tyson, Scott Hubbard, and Elon Musk -- attended President Obama's Space Conference in Florida.

Some Pictures from President Obama's Florida Space Conference

Emily Lakdawalla • April 15, 2010

Bill Nye, Jim Bell, Scott Hubbard, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and Lou Friedman -- all members of The Planetary Society's Board of Directors -- attended President Obama's Space Conference at the Kennedy Space Center today.

Programming note: Florida space conference

Emily Lakdawalla • April 15, 2010

As I write this I am watching President Obama walk down the steps from Air Force One to attend the Florida space conference and deliver a speech at 14:40 EDT (18:40 UTC) about the future of American space exploration.

Planetary Society leaders to attend tomorrow's Florida Space Conference

Charlene Anderson • April 14, 2010

Members of The Planetary Society's Board of Directors have been invited to hear President Obama present his new approach to human spaceflight tomorrow at the Kennedy Space Center.

Join the Fight for NASA's Future!

Louis D. Friedman • March 05, 2010

The U.S. Administration's request for the 2011 NASA budget calls for a bold recasting of the agency's path for human space exploration.

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