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The Earth is a Planet: Why We Explore Space

Bill Dunford • February 11, 2013

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.

Sequestration and Planetary Exploration (updated)

Van Kane • February 05, 2013

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.

A New Statement on NASA's 2020 Rover Mission

Casey Dreier • January 29, 2013

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.

Up Is the New Up

Casey Dreier • January 28, 2013

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

Advocacy Update: The Society Traveled to Washington

Casey Dreier • January 25, 2013

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

The Astronomy Budget Squeeze

Casey Dreier • January 09, 2013

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.

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

Emily Lakdawalla • January 02, 2013

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.

Sequestration Averted for Now

Casey Dreier • January 02, 2013

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

Tiptoeing Towards the Edge

Casey Dreier • December 27, 2012

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

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

Casey Dreier • December 16, 2012

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

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

Casey Dreier • December 13, 2012

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

North Korea launches first satellite

Jason Davis • December 12, 2012

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

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: present and future rovers

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2012

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.

Rovers are awesome, but where's the science?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2012

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.

The 2020 Rover in Context

Casey Dreier • December 05, 2012

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

The Planetary Society at AGU 2012

Casey Dreier • November 28, 2012

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

Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget

Jason Davis • November 26, 2012

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

Save Our Science: November Update

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2012

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

What We're Fighting For

Casey Dreier • November 13, 2012

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.

Write the President: Re-election Edition

Casey Dreier • November 07, 2012

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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