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Sequestration Claims its First Victim at NASA

Casey Dreier • March 14, 2013

The first major effects of Sequestration were felt at NASA yesterday, with new rules severely restricting travel and scientific conference attendance by NASA scientists and contractors.

Rep. Adam Schiff Responds to Questions on Planetary Science Funding

Casey Dreier • March 08, 2013

Rep. Adam Schiff's response to the state of Planetary Science funding from his recent online town hall.

Ask Rep. Adam Schiff About Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • March 05, 2013

Rep. Adam Schiff is holding an online town hall on Wednesday, March 6th at 2:30pm PST. If you live in his district, it is a great time to ask about the status of Planetary Science funding on Twitter or his Facebook page.

Proposed House Budget Increases NASA Funding for SLS and Commercial Crew, Leaves Science Untouched

Casey Dreier • March 04, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their new funding bill for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, which funds NASA at 2012 levels with the exception of its SLS and Commercial Crew programs.

Checking in with the Future of Mars Exploration at NASA

Casey Dreier • February 27, 2013

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

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

Casey Dreier • February 14, 2013

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

What Has NASA Done for Me Lately?

Casey Dreier • February 13, 2013

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

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

Casey Dreier • February 12, 2013

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

Washington Update

Bill Nye • February 11, 2013

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.

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.

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