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Write the President: Re-election Edition

Casey Dreier • November 07, 2012

We've had a great response to this advocacy push so far. Now that the President has been re-elected, our messages are even more important. Write today if you haven't, and spread to the word to your friends.

D.C. Visit Update and Member Event Recap

Casey Dreier • October 17, 2012

During my visit to D.C. to discuss Planetary Exploration funding with key people on the Hill, members of the Planetary Society gathered at George Washington University to hear the latest science results from NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers.

Write the President to Save Planetary Exploration (FAQ)

Casey Dreier • October 14, 2012

We've written congress. We've written the budget staffers in the government. Now it's time to reach for the top, and get the President to hear our passion and support for Planetary Exploration.

International Astronautical Congress 2012 Recap

Bill Nye • October 09, 2012

Again this year I represented The Planetary Society at the International Astronautical Congress. This year, we met in Naples, Italy. This meeting brings together space scientists, rocket people, and spacecraft engineers from all over the world.

Mars Program Update from MEPAG

Bruce Betts • October 05, 2012

Bruce Betts reports on the status of the current and future Mars program and on acronyms from a meeting of NASA's MEPAG (Mars Exploration Analysis Program Analysis Group).

NASA's New Direction For Mars (Maybe)

Casey Dreier • September 26, 2012

The future of the Mars Exploration Program exists as multiple mission plans straining to exist in the brutal new cost cap from the FY13 budget, pushed far into the future.

A New Direction for Mars? CAPS Meeting 2012 Coverage

Casey Dreier • September 24, 2012

The Mars Program Planning Group presents its new plan for Mars exploration in lieu of recent cuts to its budget on Tuesday, Sept 25th. We also get updates on the Europa Mission study at CAPS 2012 in Irvine, CA.

Talking the Spectre of Sequester on Huffington Post Live

Casey Dreier • September 22, 2012

I joined a discussion on the new Huffington Post Live channel about the threats of the sequestration cuts to NASA's budget and its implications to the larger scientific community.

The OMB Didn't See This Coming

Casey Dreier • September 21, 2012

In ten days, our members and supporters sent over 17,000 emails to staff members who create and influence NASA's planetary science budget. The public support is there. We're making difference but not letting up.

Sequestration and Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • September 17, 2012

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.

What if the Senate had a hearing on Mars and no one came?

Casey Dreier • September 12, 2012

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.

Action Alert: Senate hearing on the future of Mars exploration this Wed

Casey Dreier • September 11, 2012

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.

Manned Missions to Mars Aren't Just Sci-Fi

Louis D. Friedman • August 24, 2012

Space exploration is not just valuable to scientists; it is also popular with the public who pays taxes. And why not? The exploration of Mars is not only a search for signs of alien life. It is an exploration of the human future.

A Bittersweet Day for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • August 20, 2012

A new Mars mission was announced today, which is cause for celebration. But two other exciting missions where not selected, why? Money, or lack thereof. All we need is a little bit more, and we could be exploring the solar system, not just Mars.

Bill Nye on CNN Says US Risks Losing Its Space Edge

Jennifer Vaughn • July 05, 2012

Watch the Planetary Society CEO tell CNN why a reduction in NASA's planetary science funding is a mistake.

NRO gives NASA two hand-me-down telescopes

Jason Davis • June 07, 2012

The National Reconnaissance Office has donated two, partially-completed space telescopes to NASA, revealed at a National Academies' Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics meeting this week.

Speak out for Planetary Exploration

David Paige • June 04, 2012

On June 9, UCLA faculty and students will join institutions across the country in voicing their support for continued funding of NASA's planetary science program through the National Planetary Science Bake Sale and Car Wash. If you aren’t able to make it to an event, be sure to make your voice heard by contacting your local representatives.

Customary International Law: Herding Cats in Zero Gravity

Andrew Rush • May 24, 2012

When it comes to emerging industries like extraterrestrial resource mining, customary international law can seem like attempting to herd cats in zero gravity. Pinning down what is “fair” and “customary” in areas where no man has gone before can seem daunting but it also presents the unique opportunity to shape international custom by establishing them.

Bringing a little star power to Capitol Hill

Jennifer Vaughn • May 09, 2012

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.

Video: We Must Explore

Andrew Chaikin • May 04, 2012

Planetary exploration is in trouble. Massive budget cuts threaten to starve NASA’s planetary program for years to come. If you are as angered and frightened by this situation as I am, I ask you to make your voice heard. Please share this video. And tell Washington, “We Must Explore.”

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