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How the heck did NASA (and science) get such a good 2018 budget?

Jason Davis • March 28, 2018

Congress outright rejected most of the Trump administration's controversial science cuts.

NASA wins big in 2018 budget deal

Casey Dreier • March 22, 2018

With the passage of the 2018 spending bill, NASA just got its best budget since 2009. Europa, Earth Science, and a new Mobile Launcher are winners in the $20.7 billion just approved for the space program.

Bill Nye and Prime Minister Trudeau talk Canada's future in space

Kate Howells • March 14, 2018

The Planetary Society will be at the planning table when Canada's space community regroups after the latest budget release.

What does the 2018 Canadian federal budget mean for space?

Kate Howells • March 05, 2018

After more than a year of high hopes, there is no daring new vision for Canada in space.

NASA has a Moon landing plan—sort of

Jason Davis • March 01, 2018

It's a gradual, stepped approach, envisioning human spaceflight, planetary science, and commercial partners all working together.

Here are some takeaways from today's NASA budget proposal

Jason Davis • February 12, 2018

The White House's budget proposes $19.9 billion for NASA.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

Announcing the Planetary Science Congressional Caucus

Casey Dreier • February 05, 2018

I'm excited to share with you a major step forward for the support of space exploration in the U.S. Congress: the formation of a new caucus devoted to planetary science and exploration.

Bill Nye and the State of a Polarized Union

Casey Dreier • January 30, 2018

Last week, The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye accepted an invitation by NASA Administrator nominee Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to join him as his guest at the State of the Union address. We anticipated this would be a controversial decision, and we were right.

Here's our rolling list of space things affected by the U.S. government shutdown

Jason Davis and Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2018

The International Space Station stays open for business; everything else is at least somewhat affected.

What changed with space directive #1?

Casey Dreier • December 30, 2017

President Trump signed Space Directive #1, formally implementing as policy what Vice President Pence had announced at the first meeting of the National Space Council in October: that NASA will focus its human spaceflight efforts on a return to the Moon, and then onto Mars. What really changed?

Bridenstine makes his case for NASA administrator job

Jason Davis • November 01, 2017

Republicans and Democrats spent nearly 3 hours showering Bridenstine with both praise and criticism.

After Cassini, What’s Next for the Outer Planets?

Casey Dreier • October 31, 2017

The Planetary Society likes to look ahead, and in that spirit we organized a reception at the Library of Congress to bring scientists, legislators, and their staff together to honor Cassini and get excited about our future in the outer planets.

American R&D Policy and the Push for Small Planetary Missions at NASA

Jason Callahan • October 11, 2017

Planetary Society Policy Adviser Jason Callahan summarizes his paper he presented at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Australia, where he examined NASA's low-cost Discovery program and how federal policies directed at higher education initially bolstered planetary science into a viable field.

We choose to go to the Moon and do the other things

Casey Dreier and Jason Davis • October 05, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the National Space Council's first meeting today by declaring Americans will return to the Moon. Casey Dreier and Jason Davis analyze this new direction for NASA's human spaceflight program.

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.

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