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A Lander for NASA’s Europa Mission

Van Kane • January 05, 2016

While there’s at least eight years until it launches, this has been a pivotal year for developing NASA’s Europa mission.

Could Sino-U.S. cooperation bring The Martian home?

Yong-Chun Zheng • November 10, 2015

In the The Martian, NASA astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. At a critical moment, China offers to help the U.S. bring him back to Earth. But can these two countries cooperate to explore space in reality?

A New Budget Deal and a Best Case NASA Budget for 2016

Casey Dreier • October 28, 2015

The promise of a congressional budget deal could free up additional resources for NASA. What would a best case scenario look like, and is it possible within the deal?

President Obama Highlights Planetary Science Triumphs

Casey Dreier • October 19, 2015

At the White House Astronomy Night, President Obama highlighted some of the major triumphs of NASA and its planetary science program. Yet his 2016 budget calls for further cuts to the program.

Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2015

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

An August Moment to Check in on NASA’s Budget and Future

Casey Dreier • August 20, 2015

It’s August. Congress is out of session. Things are quiet. It’s as good a time as any to check in on several issues we’ve been following here at the Society, particularly with NASA’s budget prospects for the year and the future of human spaceflight policy.

Pushing Back the Frontier: How The Planetary Society Helped Send a Spacecraft to Pluto

Jason Davis • July 07, 2015

It took 16 years and five spacecraft designs to get a mission to Pluto. The Planetary Society was there through it all, always striving to help NASA push back our solar system's frontier.

New Horizons is a Triumph for Space Advocates

Casey Dreier • July 07, 2015

New Horizons—what will be NASA’s greatest success of 2015—was cancelled multiple times in its early life, and many times before that in its previous incarnations. A mission to Pluto was not inevitable, despite the overwhelming scientific and public excitement.

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2016 CJS Bill

Jason Callahan • July 02, 2015

Congress has made good progress so far this year in moving the annual appropriations bills that fund the government. However, a looming budget battle over the sequestration and budget caps threaten to sideline progress until Congress and the White House reach agreement. Here’s the current situation.

[Upated] House of Representatives Voting on NASA's 2016 Budget Today

Casey Dreier • June 02, 2015

NASA's 2016 budget is up for a major vote in the House of Representatives today, but it's just a step on the long road to a final budget in the fall.

Here Are the Science Instruments NASA Will Use to Explore Europa

Casey Dreier • May 26, 2015

NASA just announced the science instruments that will be used to understand the enigmatic ocean moon of Europa. The mission is planned to launch sometime in the early 2020s.

[Updated] House NASA Funding Bill Proposes a Fantastic Budget for Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • May 19, 2015

The House Appropriations Committee released their vision for NASA's 2016 budget this week, which includes significant increases for the SLS and Planetary Science, but cuts Commercial Crew and Earth Science funds.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2015

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

The study team at JPL Will Present their Mars Program Concept at the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit

Casey Dreier • April 17, 2015

A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal.

A New Path to Mars?

Casey Dreier • April 02, 2015

A new advocacy initiative for the Society: let's get humans to Mars.

A First Time for Everything: Blitzing Congress for Space

Jack Kiraly and Michael Briganti • March 06, 2015

There is a first time for everything. Riding a bike, stargazing, and yes, even lobbying Congress. Jack Kiraly describes his first Legislative Blitz with Michael Briganti and Casey Dreier on Capitol Hill last week.

Space Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Casey Dreier • March 04, 2015

The Space Exploration Alliance wrapped up its most recent 'legislative blitz' last week. Nearly 70 individuals participated in the democratic process, speaking to nearly 168 difference offices in Congress. Nearly half of those individuals were Planetary Society members.

2016 Budget: Great Policy Document and Much Better Budget Plan

Van Kane • February 05, 2015

Van Kane gives a summary of the 53-page proposed Fiscal Year 2016 NASA Planetary Science budget.

NASA Budget Lists Timelines, Costs and Risks for First SLS Flight

Jason Davis • February 03, 2015

NASA will set the Space Launch System's inaugural flight date at the end of this year, according to the agency's 2016 budget request, which was released on Monday.

It's Official: We're On the Way to Europa

Casey Dreier • February 02, 2015

NASA's 2016 budget request increases the space agency's budget by $519 million, starts a new mission to Europa, increases funds to Commercial Crew, and threatens some long-running planetary missions.

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