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Interesting times for young planetary researchers

Matt Siegler • March 21, 2012

After NASA Night at the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, a group of young scientists (most of us just out of graduate school) met to discuss what we could do both in the near and far term to revive NASA's ability to continue the flagship mission program we would all like to see in our future.

Public service announcement by, and for, planetary grad students

Matthew Chojnacki • March 19, 2012

The President's proposed 2013 NASA budget calls for deep cuts to the nation's very successful planetary science program. These cuts not only threaten the future of planetary science, but also impact our ability to conduct deep space missions. As the next generation of planetary scientists, the graduate student community is deeply concerned about the ramifications of these budget cuts, and we must voice our concerns to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

"How Much Would You Pay for the Universe?"

Charlene Anderson • March 08, 2012

NASA's Mars science exploration budget is being decimated, we are not going back to the Moon, and plans for astronauts to visit Mars are delayed until the 2030s -- on funding not yet allocated, overseen by a congress and president to be named later.

Planetary Society Statement on Proposed Cuts to Planetary Science Budget

Charlene Anderson • March 07, 2012

The Planetary Society is deeply troubled with the priorities reflected in NASA's FY13 budget. If implemented, it will portend grave consequences for our nation's ability to conduct deep-space science missions and could irreversibly erode unique aspects of the space industrial base needed for such missions.

You Can Hear Neil Tyson Testify

Charlene Anderson • March 06, 2012

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire and Planetary Society Board Member, will be testifying to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation tomorrow, March 7.

NASA Budget Cuts Do Not Make Business Sense

Garry Hunt • February 22, 2012

Garry Hunt brings a distinctive perspective to the now-raging debate over the cuts to NASA's science program proposed in the Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget.

Space, Available

Jim Bell • February 22, 2012

Recent deep funding cuts by the Administration and Congress for NASA's space exploration programs are turning the final frontier into an ever-receding dream. "To boldly go" is quickly becoming "to cheaply dink around."

NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink

Bill Nye • February 13, 2012

Today, NASA announced its budget for its fiscal year 2013. As you might imagine, there are large budget cuts. But, the planetary science program has been cut disproportionately. NASA's allocations are out of balance.

Planetary Radio: A Modest Plea For Both Big and Not-So-Big Space Science Funding

Mat Kaplan • February 06, 2012

This weeks Planetary Radio features updates on the James Webb Space Telescope, from Deputy Project Director Eric Smith. The discussion centers around the budget controversy, and why the JWST is worth the money.

What is space exploration worth?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2011

Investing in NASA makes us smarter, improves our lives, and increases our capability to overcome technological challenges. Even more important, though, are the intangible benefits of pride, respect from other nations, respect for our place in the universe, and hope for a future in which we can accomplish even greater things.

NASA, NOAA Spared Further Cuts for Now

Charlene Anderson • December 17, 2011

On December 16, 2011, the U.S. Senate voted down the House of Representatives bill that would have sliced an additional 1.83 percent from discretionary spending accounts, including NASA and NOAA.

NASA and NOAA Hit Again by Across-the-Board Budget Cuts

Charlene Anderson • December 16, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed appropriations bills that will provide $8.1 billion disaster aid for this year's "extreme weather events." The aid will be funded by a proposed 1.83% across-the-board cut to all FY 2012 base discretionary spending, including NASA and NOAA.

NASA Changes Approach to Send Astronauts Back to Orbit

Charlene Anderson • December 16, 2011

NASA had planned to release next Monday an RFP (Request for Proposals) in its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. However, due to a funding shortfall, the agency will instead continue to use Space Act Agreements to contract for the development.

NASA's Budget for 2012 Is Set--Worry About 2013 Budget Begins

Charlene Anderson • November 18, 2011

It's done. The U.S. President has signed the Appropriations bill for NASA's fiscal year 2012 budget. The fight on the FY12 budget is over.

NASA On Verge of Getting a Budget -- Congress Will Vote This Week

Charlene Anderson • November 15, 2011

Here's a quick wrap-up of the "minibus" bill containing budget for NASA for fiscal year 2012, which started 6 six weeks ago.

Planetary Society statement entered into testimony for House hearing on future of planetary science

Charlene Anderson • November 15, 2011

Today, The Planetary Society entered the following statement into testimony for the hearing "Exploring Mars and Beyond: What Next for U.S. Planetary Science?" held by the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Next Week; Show Up to Show Your Support for Space Exploration

Charlene Anderson • November 11, 2011

If want to demonstrate your support for planetary exploration -- and you're planning to be in the Washington, D.C. area next Tuesday, November 15, 2011 -- please consider adding your presence to the congressional hearing on "Exploring Mars and Beyond: What's Next for U.S. Planetary Science?"

Checking in with NASA's Commercial Partners

Jason Davis • November 11, 2011

Checking in with SpaceX's launch abort system progress, Boeing's CST-100 drop tests, and a recent Space, Science and Technology Committee meeting on Capitol Hill.

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

Charlene Anderson • October 14, 2011

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.

Mars Missions Supported, Planetary Voices Heard

Charlene Anderson • October 13, 2011

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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