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Checking in with the Future of Mars Exploration at NASA

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/02/27 02:17 CST | 4 comments

Reporting from NASA's Mars Exploration Program working group on the latest updates in scientific exploration of the red planet.

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The Sequester Will Cut NASA Science by an Additional $52 million

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/02/14 04:06 CST | 3 comments

Brand new information about the effects of the across-the-board cuts known as Sequestration, if they were to be enacted.

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What Has NASA Done for Me Lately?

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/02/13 06:04 CST | 7 comments

NASA released its Spinoff 2012 report, detailing the numerous technology transfers, inventions, and economic impact by the U.S. space program.

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JPL's Mohawk Guy Invited to Attend the State of the Union Address, Despite Cuts to Planetary Exploration

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/02/12 01:53 CST | 1 comment

Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi of JPL will join First Lady Michelle Obama as a guest at today's State of the Union address.

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Washington Update
Bill Nye traveled to Washington, D.C. with friend and Planetary Society board member Neil deGrasse Tyson

Posted by Bill Nye on 2013/02/11 04:12 CST | 2 comments

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to the House Science committee about the importance of space and scientific research. Bill Nye also visited with Congressman Culberson and Congressman Wolf's chief of staffabout supporting NASA's Planetary Science Program.

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The Earth is a Planet: Why We Explore Space

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2013/02/11 10:50 CST

Why spend effort and scarce resources on space exploration when we have so many problems here at home? Turns out, there are some pretty good reasons.

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Sequestration and Planetary Exploration (updated)

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/02/05 07:01 CST | 2 comments

The latest news in the United States is that a poison pill known as the Sequester is looking increasingly likely. If it happens, it will be a body blow to NASA’s planetary science program.

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A New Statement on NASA's 2020 Rover Mission
A collaborative effort with various scientific organizations to emphasize a balanced program of exploration

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/01/29 06:15 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society remains committed to a balanced program of solar system exploration, with Mars, outer planets, and small missions all playing an important part.

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Up Is the New Up
The European Space Agency's Budget Gets an Increase

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/01/28 12:34 CST | 1 comment

The European Space Agency will enjoy a 6.5% increase in funding this year, reports SpaceNews.

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Advocacy Update: The Society Traveled to Washington
We continue the push to restore funding for Planetary Science at NASA

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/01/25 02:16 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society makes another visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for Planetary Science funding at NASA.

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The Astronomy Budget Squeeze
It's not just NASA. All of space science feels the pinch of smaller budgets.

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/01/09 07:11 CST | 1 comment

It's not just the Planetary Sciences division within NASA that's under harsh budgetary times. The NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences is facing a choice between funding scientists and funding telescopes. A report from the 221st AAS meeting in Long Beach.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout, Thu Jan 3 1200PT/2000UT: Jim Bell

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/01/02 12:32 CST | 3 comments

Join Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier for a chat with Jim Bell, a scientist who wears many hats. He's the team lead for the Pancam color cameras on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers; he's a member of the Curiosity science team; and he's the esteemed President of the Planetary Society's Board of Directors. We'll talk about the great science being done by both Curiosity and Opportunity, and about what's in store for the future.

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Sequestration Averted for Now

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/01/02 12:28 CST

The fiscal cliff deal delays implementation of the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester for two months.

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Tiptoeing Towards the Edge
Sequestration Looks to Be Inevitable, What Happens to Planetary Science?

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/12/27 04:09 CST | 1 comment

NASA's Planetary Science Division looks to lose about $100 million in addition to the deep cuts already proposed for 2013.

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Where We Stand: The year in advocacy and what's ahead for 2013

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/12/16 05:43 CST | 12 comments

We've had a very busy year defending funding for NASA's Planetary Science division.

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Planetary Society Hangout Thursday noon PT / 2000 UT: GRAIL's Demise, Curiosity Arrives, and the 2020 Rover Surprise

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/12/13 12:15 CST | 3 comments

Join us for our weekly hangout and catch up on GRAIL, Curiosity, and the future Mars rover.

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North Korea launches first satellite

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/12/12 05:04 CST

North Korea successfully launched their first satellite from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at 9:49 a.m. local time Wednesday.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: present and future rovers

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/12/05 06:56 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society has a new weekly Google+ Hangout time slot, Thursdays at noon PT / 1800 UT. This week, Casey Dreier and I talked about the Curiosity kerfuffle and NASA's future rover plans. Here's the archived recording.

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Rovers are awesome, but where's the science?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/12/05 03:55 CST | 17 comments

Now that Casey has explained the budget implications of yesterday's 2020 rover announcement, and The Planetary Society has issued a formal statement, I thought it was time for me to talk briefly about science.

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The 2020 Rover in Context
It's not as a big of a change as you might think

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/12/05 02:24 CST | 4 comments

The 2020 rover announced today is entirely consistent with NASA's reduced commitment to planetary exploration due to its 2013 budget.

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