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"NASA non-concurs"

Casey Dreier • July 30, 2013

NASA responds to its advisory council's recommendations from April of this year.

Should National Rivalries Still Drive U.S. Space Policy?

Lori Dajose • July 25, 2013

The House recently passed a NASA Authorization Bill that called for "American astronauts launching from American rockets on American soil". If we depend on international collaboration, should these policies still drive NASA policy?

Congress Rejects NASA's First Operating Plan

Casey Dreier • July 15, 2013

NASA's plan to raid Planetary Science funding to pay for sequester cuts in other science programs was rejected by Congress earlier this month. NASA is now working on a new plan that has yet to be submitted for approval.

Dueling Op-Eds on NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Casey Dreier • July 11, 2013

NASA Administrator Bolden and the Chairman of the House Science Committee published opposing op-eds in The Hill newspaper today, illustrating the uphill battle NASA faces to sell Congress on this mission.

If we started today, how long would it take to get to Mars? With this budget, never.

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2013

The House of Representatives held a hearing today to discuss their proposed NASA authorization bill, which would fund Planetary Science, cut Earth Science, forbid asteroid retrieval, and command NASA to pursue a path to Mars via the Moon.

Confirmed: NASA Defies the Will of Congress by Raiding Planetary Science Funding [updated]

Casey Dreier • June 10, 2013

Despite congressional rejection of massive cuts to Planetary Science this year, NASA has found a way to implement the cuts internally and use the money for other purposes.

Statement from the AAS on Proposed Elimination of NASA Science Education & Public Outreach Programs

Emily Lakdawalla • May 23, 2013

The American Astronomical Society has issued a strongly worded statement against NASA's proposed elimination of its education and public outreach programs, and I agree with it.

No NASA Operating Plan Yet

Casey Dreier • May 23, 2013

NASA has still not sent its operating plan to Congress. Rumors of the agency reprogramming away all of the additional funding to Planetary Science remains just rumors.

NASA Robs Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • May 15, 2013

NASA's leaked operating plan suggests that the agency is raiding money restored to the planetary program this year by Congress.

Cutting NASA's Education and Public Outreach Efforts Now Is Short-sighted and Counterproductive

Lars Perkins • April 26, 2013

Lars Perkins, Chairman of NAC's Education Committee, writes a defense of NASA's Education and Outreach efforts, currently facing a major cut and restructuring in 2014.

House NASA Budget Hearing Live-blog

Casey Dreier • April 24, 2013

Live blog of comments and analysis from the House Science Committee's hearing on NASA's 2014 Budget.

Planetary Science Is Fading to Black, Claims New Op-Ed

Casey Dreier • April 22, 2013

A powerful new op-ed in SpaceNews traces the inevitable decline of NASA's Planetary Science missions if the current cuts to the program are implemented.

Australia comes of age in the satellite world

Michele Bannister • April 15, 2013

On April 9, the current Australian government announced the first formal Australian space policy. Astronomy graduate student Michele Bannister explains what this means for the country.

First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014

Van Kane • April 10, 2013

No mission to Europa, diminished funding for outer planets missions, a small bump to small spacecraft missions, and an increase for asteroid detection are part of the White House's proposal for NASA in 2014.

Bad Budget News for NASA's Planetary Exploration Program

Bill Nye • April 10, 2013

The Administration just released its proposed budget for 2014 and it contains some very bad news for NASA's planetary exploration program. Just three weeks ago the U.S. Congress rejected similar cuts proposed for planetary exploration last year. It was a clear statement of support by both Congress and the public: planetary exploration is an affordable national priority.

2014 NASA Budget Cuts $200 million from Planetary Science -- Again

Casey Dreier • April 10, 2013

NASA's new budget doubles down on cuts to Planetary Science, despite Congress rejecting a similar proposal last year.

Will the Sequester Take an Outsized Bite from Planetary Science at NASA?

Casey Dreier • April 06, 2013

Despite a $223 million boost from Congress this year, NASA's Planetary Science Division may not be allowed to use that money so NASA can prevent cuts in other programs.

What To Watch For In The 2014 Budget

Casey Dreier • April 03, 2013

Here are the big items to watch for when the White House proposes its 2014 budget on April 10th.

What's Going On with NASA Education and Public Outreach?

Casey Dreier • March 28, 2013

Sequestration claims its next victim at NASA, as all Education and Public Outreach activities are suspended until further review.

[Updated] Senate Bill Restores $223 million to NASA's Planetary Science Division

Casey Dreier • March 27, 2013

The President signed the Senate's bill to fund the government for the remainder of 2013, and it includes some positive news for NASA's Planetary Science division, which is facing a 21% cut.

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