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Bringing a little star power to Capitol Hill

Posted by Jennifer Vaughn on 2012/05/09 08:11 CDT | 5 comments

On May 8, 2012, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson brought their unique brand of motivational speaking to Capitol Hill. In a standing-room-only lunch discussion in one of the meeting rooms for the Committee on Space, Science, Technology, these two space superstars, along with planetary scientist Louise Prockter, explained to members of Congress, staffers, and media why we must continue to invest in planetary exploration.

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Video: We Must Explore

Posted by Andrew Chaikin on 2012/05/04 11:36 CDT | 2 comments

Planetary exploration is in trouble. Massive budget cuts threaten to starve NASA’s planetary program for years to come. If you are as angered and frightened by this situation as I am, I ask you to make your voice heard. Please share this video. And tell Washington, “We Must Explore.”

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A call to action

Posted by Paul Hayne on 2012/04/09 02:15 CDT

Paul Hayne, representing the Facebook group "Young Scientists for Planetary Exploration," urges you to take action to support NASA in the budget debate.

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A Turning Point at Mars

Posted by Jim Bell on 2012/04/09 11:10 CDT

Today, NASA's highly-successful robotic solar system exploration program, and the Mars exploration program in particular, is on the brink of a major turning point.

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Where is space?

Posted by Andrew Rush on 2012/04/06 11:25 CDT

Obviously the Earth ends and space begins somewhere, but today, as it has been for the entirety of humanity's manned and unmanned exploration of "up there", there is no international legal definition of space, no clear indication of where space law applies! This ambiguity is a potential source of confusion and unease for aerospace companies.

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Interesting times for young planetary researchers

Posted by Matt Siegler on 2012/03/21 05:16 CDT

After NASA Night at the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, a group of young scientists (most of us just out of graduate school) met to discuss what we could do both in the near and far term to revive NASA's ability to continue the flagship mission program we would all like to see in our future.

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Public service announcement by, and for, planetary grad students

Posted by Matthew Chojnacki on 2012/03/19 04:58 CDT

The President's proposed 2013 NASA budget calls for deep cuts to the nation's very successful planetary science program. These cuts not only threaten the future of planetary science, but also impact our ability to conduct deep space missions. As the next generation of planetary scientists, the graduate student community is deeply concerned about the ramifications of these budget cuts, and we must voice our concerns to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

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"How Much Would You Pay for the Universe?"

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2012/03/08 05:53 CST | 1 comment

NASA's Mars science exploration budget is being decimated, we are not going back to the Moon, and plans for astronauts to visit Mars are delayed until the 2030s -- on funding not yet allocated, overseen by a congress and president to be named later.

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Planetary Society Statement on Proposed Cuts to Planetary Science Budget

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2012/03/07 02:40 CST

The Planetary Society is deeply troubled with the priorities reflected in NASA's FY13 budget. If implemented, it will portend grave consequences for our nation's ability to conduct deep-space science missions and could irreversibly erode unique aspects of the space industrial base needed for such missions.

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You Can Hear Neil Tyson Testify

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2012/03/06 10:24 CST

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire and Planetary Society Board Member, will be testifying to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation tomorrow, March 7.

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NASA Budget Cuts Do Not Make Business Sense

Posted by Garry Hunt on 2012/02/22 12:18 CST

Garry Hunt brings a distinctive perspective to the now-raging debate over the cuts to NASA's science program proposed in the Administration's fiscal year 2013 budget.

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Space, Available

Posted by Jim Bell on 2012/02/22 11:10 CST

Recent deep funding cuts by the Administration and Congress for NASA's space exploration programs are turning the final frontier into an ever-receding dream. "To boldly go" is quickly becoming "to cheaply dink around."

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NASA Budget Pushes Science to the Brink

Posted by Bill Nye on 2012/02/13 01:16 CST | 3 comments

Today, NASA announced its budget for its fiscal year 2013. As you might imagine, there are large budget cuts. But, the planetary science program has been cut disproportionately. NASA's allocations are out of balance.

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Planetary Radio: A Modest Plea For Both Big and Not-So-Big Space Science Funding

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2012/02/06 09:46 CST

This weeks Planetary Radio features updates on the James Webb Space Telescope, from Deputy Project Director Eric Smith. The discussion centers around the budget controversy, and why the JWST is worth the money.

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What is space exploration worth?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2011/12/30 04:06 CST | 1 comment

Investing in NASA makes us smarter, improves our lives, and increases our capability to overcome technological challenges. Even more important, though, are the intangible benefits of pride, respect from other nations, respect for our place in the universe, and hope for a future in which we can accomplish even greater things.

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NASA, NOAA Spared Further Cuts for Now

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/12/17 04:31 CST

On December 16, 2011, the U.S. Senate voted down the House of Representatives bill that would have sliced an additional 1.83 percent from discretionary spending accounts, including NASA and NOAA.

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NASA and NOAA Hit Again by Across-the-Board Budget Cuts

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/12/16 05:18 CST

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed appropriations bills that will provide $8.1 billion disaster aid for this year's "extreme weather events." The aid will be funded by a proposed 1.83% across-the-board cut to all FY 2012 base discretionary spending, including NASA and NOAA.

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NASA Changes Approach to Send Astronauts Back to Orbit

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/12/16 12:20 CST

NASA had planned to release next Monday an RFP (Request for Proposals) in its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. However, due to a funding shortfall, the agency will instead continue to use Space Act Agreements to contract for the development.

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NASA's Budget for 2012 Is Set--Worry About 2013 Budget Begins

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/11/18 05:04 CST

It's done. The U.S. President has signed the Appropriations bill for NASA's fiscal year 2012 budget. The fight on the FY12 budget is over.

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NASA On Verge of Getting a Budget -- Congress Will Vote This Week

Posted by Charlene Anderson on 2011/11/15 04:03 CST

Here's a quick wrap-up of the "minibus" bill containing budget for NASA for fiscal year 2012, which started 6 six weeks ago.

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