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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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The Planetary Society at AGU 2012

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/28 03:17 CST

Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier will both attend this year's AGU conference in San Francisco as representatives of the Planetary Society.

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Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget

Posted by Jason Davis on 2012/11/26 06:00 CST | 1 comment

Representatives from the ESA approved a 10 billion euro budget for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy.

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Save Our Science: November Update

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/15 01:05 CST | 5 comments

We've sent over sixteen thousand of emails to the president, but we need more.

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What We're Fighting For

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/13 01:48 CST

We're fighting for the restoration of NASA's planetary sciences budget to return to its 2012 level. What does that get us? New financial analysis from our sources in the scientific community provides us a glimpse.

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Write the President: Re-election Edition

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/11/07 01:46 CST | 2 comments

We've had a great response to this advocacy push so far. Now that the President has been re-elected, our messages are even more important. Write today if you haven't, and spread to the word to your friends.

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D.C. Visit Update and Member Event Recap

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/10/17 02:39 CDT | 1 comment

During my visit to D.C. to discuss Planetary Exploration funding with key people on the Hill, members of the Planetary Society gathered at George Washington University to hear the latest science results from NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers.

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Write the President to Save Planetary Exploration (FAQ)
Our final advocacy push of 2012

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/10/14 12:40 CDT | 9 comments

We've written congress. We've written the budget staffers in the government. Now it's time to reach for the top, and get the President to hear our passion and support for Planetary Exploration.

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International Astronautical Congress 2012 Recap

Posted by Bill Nye on 2012/10/09 11:42 CDT | 4 comments

Again this year I represented The Planetary Society at the International Astronautical Congress. This year, we met in Naples, Italy. This meeting brings together space scientists, rocket people, and spacecraft engineers from all over the world.

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Mars Program Update from MEPAG

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2012/10/05 06:30 CDT | 1 comment

Bruce Betts reports on the status of the current and future Mars program and on acronyms from a meeting of NASA's MEPAG (Mars Exploration Analysis Program Analysis Group).

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NASA's New Direction For Mars (Maybe)
Results from the MPPG

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2012/09/26 01:58 CDT

The future of the Mars Exploration Program exists as multiple mission plans straining to exist in the brutal new cost cap from the FY13 budget, pushed far into the future.

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