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When Scientists Can't Agree on Priorities, Should Politicians Listen?

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/09/10 09:31 CDT | 3 comments

When scientists can't agree on priorities, will politicians listen? A reflection on a recent public policy session from the European Planetary Science Congress in London.

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Mars, Old and New: A Personal View by Bruce Murray

Posted by Jennifer Vaughn on 2013/09/03 06:07 CDT | 1 comments

An interview with Bruce Murray from 2001 about his perspectives on Mars science and exploration: past, present, and future.

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NASA Backs Off From Additional Planetary Cuts in 2013
Operating plan provides $1.271 billion

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/09/01 03:44 CDT | 5 comments

The final operating plan for the space agency provided $75 million more to planetary exploration than initially proposed.

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August Advocacy Update: Where We Stand
The House and Senate have increased funding for Planetary Science thanks to your letters and phone calls

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/08/15 07:02 CDT | 6 comments

Planetary exploration sees strong support from both parties in the current budget process, but we have a long way to go before a budget is passed this year.

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NASA Leadership Moving On

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/08/09 01:45 CDT | 2 comments

Both Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and CFO Beth Robinson are leaving NASA within the next few months.

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"NASA non-concurs"

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/30 08:58 CDT | 7 comments

NASA responds to its advisory council's recommendations from April of this year.

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Should National Rivalries Still Drive U.S. Space Policy?

Posted by Lori Dajose on 2013/07/25 02:37 CDT | 5 comments

The House recently passed a NASA Authorization Bill that called for "American astronauts launching from American rockets on American soil". If we depend on international collaboration, should these policies still drive NASA policy?

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Congress Rejects NASA's First Operating Plan
Attempt to Raid Planetary Science Funding Stopped

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/15 11:33 CDT | 1 comments

NASA's plan to raid Planetary Science funding to pay for sequester cuts in other science programs was rejected by Congress earlier this month. NASA is now working on a new plan that has yet to be submitted for approval.

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Dueling Op-Eds on NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/11 01:29 CDT | 9 comments

NASA Administrator Bolden and the Chairman of the House Science Committee published opposing op-eds in The Hill newspaper today, illustrating the uphill battle NASA faces to sell Congress on this mission.

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If we started today, how long would it take to get to Mars? With this budget, never.
Analysis of the House Science Committee Hearing on the 2013 NASA Authorization Bill

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/19 04:38 CDT | 6 comments

The House of Representatives held a hearing today to discuss their proposed NASA authorization bill, which would fund Planetary Science, cut Earth Science, forbid asteroid retrieval, and command NASA to pursue a path to Mars via the Moon.

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Confirmed: NASA Defies the Will of Congress by Raiding Planetary Science Funding [updated]

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/10 03:40 CDT | 13 comments

Despite congressional rejection of massive cuts to Planetary Science this year, NASA has found a way to implement the cuts internally and use the money for other purposes.

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Statement from the AAS on Proposed Elimination of NASA Science Education & Public Outreach Programs

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/05/23 02:11 CDT | 2 comments

The American Astronomical Society has issued a strongly worded statement against NASA's proposed elimination of its education and public outreach programs, and I agree with it.

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No NASA Operating Plan Yet

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/23 12:39 CDT

NASA has still not sent its operating plan to Congress. Rumors of the agency reprogramming away all of the additional funding to Planetary Science remains just rumors.

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NASA Robs Planetary Science
Leaked document shows NASA funding other programs with planetary money

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/15 05:04 CDT | 5 comments

NASA's leaked operating plan suggests that the agency is raiding money restored to the planetary program this year by Congress.

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Cutting NASA's Education and Public Outreach Efforts Now Is Short-sighted and Counterproductive

Posted by Lars Perkins on 2013/04/26 04:45 CDT | 4 comments

Lars Perkins, Chairman of NAC's Education Committee, writes a defense of NASA's Education and Outreach efforts, currently facing a major cut and restructuring in 2014.

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House NASA Budget Hearing Live-blog

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/24 12:59 CDT | 3 comments

Live blog of comments and analysis from the House Science Committee's hearing on NASA's 2014 Budget.

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Planetary Science Is Fading to Black, Claims New Op-Ed

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/22 02:35 CDT | 4 comments

A powerful new op-ed in SpaceNews traces the inevitable decline of NASA's Planetary Science missions if the current cuts to the program are implemented.

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Australia comes of age in the satellite world

Posted by Michele Bannister on 2013/04/15 04:56 CDT | 1 comments

On April 9, the current Australian government announced the first formal Australian space policy. Astronomy graduate student Michele Bannister explains what this means for the country.

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First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/04/10 06:13 CDT | 7 comments

No mission to Europa, diminished funding for outer planets missions, a small bump to small spacecraft missions, and an increase for asteroid detection are part of the White House's proposal for NASA in 2014.

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Bad Budget News for NASA's Planetary Exploration Program

Posted by Bill Nye on 2013/04/10 12:08 CDT | 13 comments

The Administration just released its proposed budget for 2014 and it contains some very bad news for NASA's planetary exploration program. Just three weeks ago the U.S. Congress rejected similar cuts proposed for planetary exploration last year. It was a clear statement of support by both Congress and the public: planetary exploration is an affordable national priority.

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