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The Planetary Society Travels to Washington, D.C. Next Week

Posted by Casey Dreier

09-05-2013 13:28 CDT

Topics: Planetary Society, Bill Nye, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, FY2014 NASA Budget

Ok, so it's been almost a month since NASA's 2014 budget was released. That's the one that doubled down on cuts to planetary exploration, cuts that will cause NASA to go "radio dark" in most areas of the solar system by the end of the decade.

So what are we doing?

Writing Congress

Well, many of you have received emails asking you to write Congress on behalf of Planetary Science. If we get funding restored, we get missions to Jupiter's moon, Europa, a rover to cache and prepare samples to return to the Earth, and a slew of exciting, smaller missions to all corners of the solar system.

Have you written yet? If not, click here to quickly write your representatives (or the President if you live outside the U.S.). It's ok, I'll wait.


Tell Your Friends

We need you to tell your friends to do the same thing, the sooner the better. Because the Planetary Society is going to Washington, D.C., next week, and the more letters we have coming in, the more our message to restore Planetary Science funding will resonate.

Traveling to Washington, D.C.

Bill Nye urging Capitol Hill staffers to explore the solar system
Bill Nye urging Capitol Hill staffers to explore the solar system
On May 8, 2012, Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson brought their unique brand of motivational speaking to Capitol Hill, explaining to members of Congress, staffers, and media why we must continue to invest in planetary exploration.

The Planetary Society

On Tuesday, the Society will hold a special luncheon in the Capitol building for congressional staff and legislators. We're bringing out the big guns for this. Special guests and speakers include Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bobak Ferdowsi (you know him) of JPL, and our own Planetary Evangelist Emily Lakdawalla and Jim Bell (head of the PANCAM camera on Opportunity). We'll also have special guest Ellen Stofan of the compelling yet ill-fated Titan boat mission. We're going to trumpet the exciting potential of planetary science to the rooftops.

Before and after, Bill Nye and other Society representatives will have face-to-face meetings with Senators, Congresspeople, and congressional staff to argue for the importance of continued investment in planetary exploration.

This is our first strategic follow-up to the letter writing campaign. We're building on the moment of almost 20,000 messages delivered to Congress in the last month arguing for continued investment in this unique program.

I'll have reports all next week in Washington.

Until then, tell your friends to #fundPlanetary and maybe even chip in a few bucks to help fund us.

See other posts from May 2013


Or read more blog entries about: Planetary Society, Bill Nye, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, FY2014 NASA Budget


Karl Murray: 05/10/2013 11:18 CDT

in addition to letters etc.I'll be adding comments at they are looking for "Your Story or Suggestions" regarding taxes / budget

Casey Dreier: 05/10/2013 11:36 CDT

@Karl: Good idea!

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