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While the U.S. Stalls, Europe Moves On to Mars

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/10/14 03:21 CDT

The European Space Agency (ESA) seems to have gotten tired of waiting for NASA to commit to its share of the joint 2016/2018 Mars missions that were planned to lay the groundwork for an eventual delivery of samples of Mars to Earth.

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Mars Missions Supported, Planetary Voices Heard

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/10/13 05:38 CDT

It looks like we rattled a few cages in Washington, D.C. this week. White House staffers in the Office of Science and Technology Policy returned from their holiday weekend to find more than 1500 messages from Planetary Society Members waiting for them.

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Mars Exploration Endangered by Bureaucratic (In)Action

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/10/07 05:47 CDT

The road to Mars just seems to get longer and harder every day. The Planetary Society has just asked its Members to contact the White House and ask John Holdren, the President's Science Advisor, to make sure that NASA and ESA are allowed to work together on the 2016 and 2018 missions to Mars.

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Notes from EPSC/DPS NASA Night

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/10/07 03:53 CDT

It's already the last day of the DPS/EPSC meeting in Nantes, France, and I've fallen seriously behind on writing up my notes. I thought I'd get some less pleasant notes out of the way before I returned to science.

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A Skirmish Won, the Battle Will Continue

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/09/17 09:23 CDT

In this latest skirmish over NASA's budget, the numbers are in -- and it looks like we won!

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Everybody says we need a NEO survey telescope

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/08/30 03:25 CDT

The next thing needed by both the small bodies science community and people interested in human exploration is a space-based telescope capable of surveying (and following up on) near-Earth space for asteroids that, for a variety of reasons, haven't been found yet.

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Meeting today: The infelicitously named "SBAG"

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/08/25 01:45 CDT

NASA funds regular meetings of scientists who work on different parts of the solar system to provide scientific input into NASA's future plans. These "analysis groups" are known by their acronyms, all of which sound kind of horrible, but none has quite as terrible-sounding an acronym as "SBAG," usually pronouced "ess-bag," the Small Bodies Assessment Group.

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August Means Summer Recess for Congress But Let's Keep Up the Pressure for Space

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/08/02 04:53 CDT

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.

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House subcommittee votes to slash NASA

Posted by Bill Nye on 2011/07/07 04:54 CDT

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.

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Just Released: The Planetary Science Decadal Survey for 2013-2022

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/03/07 04:41 CST

The embargo has just been lifted on the National Research Council's "Visions and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013 -- 2022 (PDF)," which sets out priorities for which planetary missions should be undertaken in next ten years.

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NASA: NOT Grounded

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/09/09 11:40 CDT

So I just received my "special anniversary issue" of Discover magazine, to which I've been a subscriber since, I think, 1986.

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Help explorers from Earth travel to new places in our Solar System

Posted by Bill Nye on 2010/09/01 09:41 CDT

Nobel Prize laureates and former NASA officials have come together to express concern over the House of Representatives Science Committee's proposed budget for NASA.

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Update on the NASA Authorization Bill

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/30 12:50 CDT

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.

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Critical partnerships for the future of human space exploration

Posted by Andre Bormanis on 2010/07/21 07:05 CDT

Exploring the current debate in the context of these three partnerships might help illuminate how future human expeditions beyond LEO will be carried out.tical partnerships for the future of human space exploration

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Urgent action required: Please call Senators TODAY

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/14 11:56 CDT

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.

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Back to Apollo? Or Time for a Restart?
A Perspective on the Great Space Debate

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/07/02 01:23 CDT

To see the bigger picture, it can help to step back a bit from your current position. Sometimes you need to consider the past to inform your vision for the future.

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More Support for the 2011 Budget Proposal

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/20 11:00 CDT

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.

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Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart Boosts New NASA Plan

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2010/05/19 04:51 CDT

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

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

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/12 12:13 CDT

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

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From the Executive Director: Space Exploration is Non-partisan

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/04/21 05:15 CDT

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.

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