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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.

An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones

Jason Davis • September 12, 2014

Ahead of NASA's CCiCap partner selection, here is an up-to-date list of each company's milestones.

Recovery. Peak. Collapse. Planetary Science from 1990 - 2014

Jason Callahan • September 11, 2014

The history of planetary exploration repeats itself starting with a resurgent program in the 90s and 2000s that launched a new fleet of planetary spacecraft. Like our first story, this great success rewarded by deep budget cuts.

Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress

Casey Dreier • September 09, 2014

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th.

Growth. Peak. Collapse. Planetary exploration from 1959 - 1989

Jason Callahan • September 08, 2014

The first three decades of planetary exploration tell a story that sounds all-too-familiar to modern day space advocates. Growth, peak, and then collapse of hard-earned capability. This is the story of planetary science for the first half of its existence.

Curiosity Rover Science Plan Slammed by NASA Review Panel

Casey Dreier • September 03, 2014

Senior review recommends continuing all major planetary exploration missions, but not without some changes.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding

Jason Callahan • August 29, 2014

NASA has explored the solar system since the 1960s, but it has rarely been the top priority for the space agency. Jason Callahan breaks down how planetary science has been funded over the years within NASA's larger budget.

NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • August 28, 2014

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year.

The Competition for Dollars

Jason Callahan • August 27, 2014

We all know NASA needs more money to achieve its goals. But competition for money is intense within the U.S. federal government, and two trends have made it harder for NASA to get what it needs.

Watch Bill Nye and Special Guests in The Lure of Europa

Casey Dreier • August 04, 2014

We've posted the full video of our Washington, D.C. event exploring the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa

Casey Dreier • July 18, 2014

A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill.

Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission

Louis D. Friedman and Tom Jones • June 30, 2014

Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars.

The Senate's Flawed NASA Bill Hits a Bump in the Road

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2014

For the second day in a row, the Senate failed to vote on a bill that would fund NASA and other agencies in 2015. Without passage, no progress can be made addressing the flaws contained within.

Building Our Community by Being Part of it

Jennifer Vaughn • June 06, 2014

The last six weeks have been especially busy due to an unusually high number of conferences and festivals, so I thought I'd summarize what's been going on and how The Planetary Society has been involved.

[Updated] The Senate Proposes $17.9B for NASA, Matching the House's Increase

Casey Dreier • June 04, 2014

The Senate released early details about its budget for NASA in 2015. The top-line level, $17.9 billion, is an increase over the President's proposal and matches the level passed by the full House last week.

If You Propose to Take Money from NASA, We Notice

Casey Dreier • June 03, 2014

During the floor debate for the House's budget for NASA and other agencies, three members of Congress submitted amendments to shift money from NASA to other programs. We noticed.

The House Passes a $435 Million Increase to NASA's Budget

Casey Dreier • May 30, 2014

After a multi-day floor debate, the House of Representatives passed its Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill, which included a NASA budget $435 million above the President's 2015 request and an increase to planetary science.

The Planetary Society Supports NASA's Asteroid Initiative

Casey Dreier • May 27, 2014

The Planetary Society strongly supports NASA's asteroid initiative, including the goal of redirecting an asteroid to the vicinity of the Moon. But an independent cost estimate is needed, and needed soon.

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