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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.

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.

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