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Upward bound: Canada's Space Advisory Board provides its recommendations

Kate Howells • September 08, 2017

Canada's Space Advisory Board has provided a clear set of recommendations to advance the country's space program, and The Planetary Society is proud to have played a role in the process.

Planetary Society hosts space policy reception at Australian Embassy

Matt Renninger • September 06, 2017

This year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is being held in Adelaide, Australia. Thanks to the generous support of our members, The Society’s advocacy and outreach capability is rapidly expanding, and we decided to step up our IAC advocacy this year.

Your guide to Jim Bridenstine, the new nominee for NASA administrator

Jason Davis • September 01, 2017

The White House announced it will nominate Jim Bridenstine to become NASA's next administrator.

A space advocate on Capitol Hill: Planetary Society intern shares story

Aaron Campbell • August 08, 2017

Planetary Society intern Aaron Campbell recaps his experience working on Capitol Hill over the course of two summers.

The Senate Makes Its Move: Nearly $200M less for NASA in 2018

Casey Dreier • July 28, 2017

The proposed $19.5 billion would be less than the agency received in 2017, and substantially less than that proposed by the House for the coming year.

Meet Scott Pace, the National Space Council's new executive secretary

Jason Davis • July 14, 2017

Pace will help develop policies that affect the future of NASA. Here's a guide to this influential new member of the Trump administration.

Space Policy and Advocacy Quarterly Update - July 2017

Casey Dreier • July 11, 2017

The Space Policy and Advocacy team has released its first in a series of regular program updates on our activities, actions, and priorities in our effort to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

President Trump formed a national space council. Now it needs a NASA administrator

Jason Davis • July 03, 2017

Tomorrow, NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot will have served longer than any other temporary head of NASA without having a successor nominated to fill the position.

Announcing a New Paper on NASA's Mars Exploration Program

Casey Dreier • June 06, 2017

NASA’s robotic Mars Exploration Program is on a troubling path of decline—and decisions must be made now in order to stop it. A new report by the Society explains why.

NASA's 2018 budget request is here, and we broke down the details

Jason Davis • May 23, 2017

The White House's 2018 federal budget request includes $19.1 billion for NASA, which is a 3 percent drop from 2017. We broke down the details.

Planetary Science Just Got Its Best Budget in Years

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2017

The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funding the U.S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. NASA got a boost to $19.65 billion, and its Planetary Science Division saw a budget increase to $1.846 billion—its best budget in more than ten years.

Here's our exhaustive guide to Trump's 392-word NASA budget

Casey Dreier • March 23, 2017

We break down every sentence from Trump's new NASA budget, so you don't have to.

Trump's first budget proposal is out. Here's how NASA fared

Jason Davis • March 16, 2017

NASA escaped a large-scale budget slash, and planetary science fared well. ARM is canceled, the Moon-versus-Mars debate is not mentioned, and Earth science stands to lose some missions.

Here's what history has to say about when Trump's NASA administrator will take office

Jason Davis • January 19, 2017

This Friday, Charles Bolden resigns as NASA administrator after a stint of 2,744 days. Robert Lightfoot, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant, will take over as acting admin. How long will Lightfoot serve? If history serves as a guide, it could be a while.

Blitzing Congress for NASA

Bill Gowan • January 12, 2017

Last February, a group called the Space Exploration Alliance held their annual "legislative blitz," walking the halls of Congress to sway lawmakers toward increased support for NASA's 2017 budget.

China outlines its space exploration ambitions

Andrew Jones • December 27, 2016

China released a new white paper on its policy and activities in space, outlining ambitious deep space exploration, human spaceflight and space science projects as major priorities for the years up to 2020 and beyond.

Congress Delays Action on NASA's 2017 Budget

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2016

Congress stands ready to punt on NASA's budget, meaning the space program will have to operate on a short budgetary leash until April of next year.

NASA Under Trump

Casey Dreier • November 18, 2016

NASA under a Trump Administration will be hard times for Earth Science, and human spaceflight to the Moon will likely get renewed focus. However, NASA won't go anywhere if massive cuts to spending are enacted as promised.

ESA opens its ears to citizens of Europe

Ruth McAvinia • October 04, 2016

In September, the European Space Agency gathered 2,000 people around the continent to discuss their future in space.

An Astronomer Learns to Make His CASE

Kevin Cooke • June 24, 2016

Science in America depends on federal funding, yet many young scientists don't understand how the U.S. government decides to spend its money on science, nor are they encouraged to use their new degrees to advise the process. This is changing with support from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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