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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.

How NASA's Yearly Budget Request Comes Together

Jason Callahan • January 29, 2015

It takes a year to make, and is the starting point for all coming debate by Congress. It's the President's Budget Request, and understanding how it comes together is an important part of being an effective space advocate.

The President's 2016 Budget Is Coming

Casey Dreier • January 21, 2015

The 2016 budget cycle for NASA kicks off on Feb 2nd, when the White House releases the President's Budget Request. Here's what to look for.

Stand for Space! Join me in D.C. in February to Blitz Congress

Casey Dreier • January 05, 2015

Put your passion for space exploration to work. Come with me to D.C. in February and join space advocates from around the country as we descend on Capitol Hill.

Here's How Planetary Science Will Spend Its $1.44 Billion in 2015

Casey Dreier • December 19, 2014

The story of NASA's 2015 budget ended on December 16th, when President Barack Obama signed the massive omnibus spending bill into law. NASA's increased budget is locked in, as is the increase to Planetary Science. Here's how Planetary spends its additional money.

[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed

Casey Dreier • December 14, 2014

Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature.

NASA's Budget Increase Is A Step Closer to Reality

Casey Dreier • December 12, 2014

By a narrow vote, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 'CRomnibus' spending bill, which includes an increase to NASA and its Planetary Science Division. It now moves on to the Senate.

[Updated] The CRomnibus Comes Through for NASA and Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2014

The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division.

What Happens When Space Projects Go Over Budget? The Curious Case of MSL’s Overrun

Jason Callahan • December 08, 2014

Jason Callahan takes a detailed look at the effects of Curiosity's cost overruns on NASA's budget.

Join me in Washington, D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving Celebration of Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 26, 2014

See Bill Nye, Europa scientist Kevin Hand, and Mars scientist Michael Meyer speak at a special event on Capitol Hill on December 2nd.

A Mission to Europa Just Got a Whole Lot More Likely

Casey Dreier • November 20, 2014

Rep. John Culberson, an outspoken supporter of Europa exploration, will assume leadership of an influential congressional committee that funds NASA.

Want Funding? Then Be a National Priority

Jason Callahan • November 14, 2014

On Monday, Jason Callahan published an article in The Space Review discussing the importance of aligning the goals of federally funded scientific communities with national priorities. This post highlights some of the main points of the article and suggests a possible role for The Planetary Society.

The Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections for NASA

Casey Dreier • November 05, 2014

A Republican Senate will not drastically change the course of the nation's space program, though it will likely see less funding for NASA and a difficult path forward for the Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

The Antares Accident: Whose Rocket Was It?

Casey Dreier • October 30, 2014

Despite some in the media declaring it a NASA rocket disaster, Antares represents a new way of doing business. It's owned by a private company providing a service to NASA to resupply the space station. How is this different from other rockets NASA uses?

When Nixon Stopped Human Exploration

John M. Logsdon • October 28, 2014

Society Board Member John Logsdon describes how the decisions made by Richard Nixon in late 1969 and early 1970 effectively ended human exploration beyond Earth orbit for the indefinite future.

How Richard Nixon Changed NASA

Jason Callahan • October 04, 2014

The end of the Moon race raised the question: what, if anything, was next for NASA? The decisions made by President Nixon in the aftermath of Apollo still impact the space program today.

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2014

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science.

NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • September 17, 2014

Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

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