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Casey DreierApril 30, 2013

American Astronomical Society Criticizes NASA Planetary Science Budget

The American Astronomical Society, a professional organization comprised of thousands of scientists around the United States and Canada, released its official statement on the proposed federal budget for 2014. Included in the statement was a paragraph strongly condemning the additional cuts to Planetary Science at NASA:

The AAS is deeply concerned about the Administration’s renewed proposal to cut NASA’s Planetary Science Division, this time by $200 million compared to the 2013 level enacted by Congress and signed by the President last month. At this level, the budget precludes a major mission to any planet other than Mars after 2017, and precludes exploration of Europa, a high priority for the planetary science community. The request also threatens the cadence of Discovery and New Frontiers missions, which are a cornerstone of the Planetary Sciences Decadal Survey to ensure balance among mission classes. The U.S. planetary exploration program has a storied history and a compelling plan for the future. The AAS urges the Administration and the Congress to find a path forward that maintains U.S. leadership in planetary science, rather than ceding future exploration of our solar system to other nations.

The AAS joins a growing chorus of organizations expressing criticisms at the outsized cuts that target Planetary Science for the second year in a row.



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