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Where We Stand: The year in advocacy and what's ahead for 2013

Casey Dreier • December 16, 2012

We've had a very busy year defending funding for NASA's Planetary Science division.

Planetary Society Hangout Thursday noon PT / 2000 UT: GRAIL's Demise, Curiosity Arrives, and the 2020 Rover Surprise

Casey Dreier • December 13, 2012

Join us for our weekly hangout and catch up on GRAIL, Curiosity, and the future Mars rover.

North Korea launches first satellite

Jason Davis • December 12, 2012

North Korea successfully launched their first satellite from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at 9:49 a.m. local time Wednesday.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: present and future rovers

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2012

The Planetary Society has a new weekly Google+ Hangout time slot, Thursdays at noon PT / 1800 UT. This week, Casey Dreier and I talked about the Curiosity kerfuffle and NASA's future rover plans. Here's the archived recording.

Rovers are awesome, but where's the science?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2012

Now that Casey has explained the budget implications of yesterday's 2020 rover announcement, and The Planetary Society has issued a formal statement, I thought it was time for me to talk briefly about science.

The 2020 Rover in Context

Casey Dreier • December 05, 2012

The 2020 rover announced today is entirely consistent with NASA's reduced commitment to planetary exploration due to its 2013 budget.

The Planetary Society at AGU 2012

Casey Dreier • November 28, 2012

Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier will both attend this year's AGU conference in San Francisco as representatives of the Planetary Society.

Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget

Jason Davis • November 26, 2012

Representatives from the ESA approved a 10 billion euro budget for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy.

Save Our Science: November Update

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2012

We've sent over sixteen thousand of emails to the president, but we need more.

What We're Fighting For

Casey Dreier • November 13, 2012

We're fighting for the restoration of NASA's planetary sciences budget to return to its 2012 level. What does that get us? New financial analysis from our sources in the scientific community provides us a glimpse.

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.

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