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Further Analysis of NASA's FY15 Budget Proposal: Steady As She Goes?

Van Kane • March 22, 2014

The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget details were released last week. For the next several years, the budget proposes a steady as she goes plan, but with two “what are they thinking?” surprises.

Calling Congress Is Easy

Kirby Runyon • March 21, 2014 • 3

Calling your senators and representatives about NASA's budget isn't that bad. In fact, I just took 15 minutes out of my day to do it! If you're not sure what to say to support planetary exploration, I hope you'll be inspired by what I've transcribed from my phone call this afternoon.

Pounding the Pavement in Congress, Together

Casey Dreier • March 01, 2014 • 1

A coalition of grassroots pro-space advocates descended on Washington, D.C. this week, and held over 100 meetings with representatives and staff throughout Congress to argue for increased investment in NASA.

A Note on the State of Planetary Science

Heidi Hammel • January 22, 2014 • 6

Heidi Hammel, the Chair of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Science, reacts to the recent budget news and the uncertain future for planetary science at NASA.

[Updated] Let's Blitz Congress!

Casey Dreier • January 17, 2014 • 7

The Space Exploration Alliance is descending on the halls of Congress to advocate for space exploration. Join me and others on Feb 23rd - 25th in Washington, D.C. and speak up for space.

Continued Victories for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • January 16, 2014 • 5

Pat yourself on the back. Planetary exploration will be more vibrant in 2014 thanks to you. More than fifty thousand messages were sent to Congress this year, and they listened, adding back a significant amount of money in the 2014 Omnibus spending bill.

Congress to NASA: Don't You Dare Steal Money Away from Planetary Science Again

Casey Dreier • January 14, 2014 • 1

Congress scolded NASA for abusing its operating plan to remove money from Planetary Science last year, giving them a warning to not try that again.

NASA’s New Planetary Mission Woes

Van Kane • December 27, 2013 • 2

NASA’s planetary science program depends on regular missions to solar system bodies to gather data. A combination of budget cuts and previous commitments to develop missions currently in the pipeline means that development of follow on missions may slow to a crawl. Van Kane looks at the current situation and NASA’s plans and then look at options the agency may consider if budgets remain tight into the next decade.

The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2013 • 12

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer.

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Bill Nye • December 05, 2013 • 17

Bill Nye writes President Obama arguing that the President should embrace a bold future of planetary exploration.

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