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Four Ideas to Bust the Floor on Outer Planet Mission Costs

Van Kane • March 26, 2015 • 7

The road to lower costs outer planet missions has been paved by NASA’s first two New Frontiers missions, the $700M New Horizons mission to Pluto and the $1.1B Juno mission to Jupiter. But can the cost of a mission to the outer solar system be cut to $450M, the limit for a Discovery mission?

Understanding why our most Earth-like neighbor, Venus, is so different

Van Kane • March 02, 2015 • 3

Van Kane introduces us to EnVision—a proposed European mission to help improve our understanding of Venus.

Why We Write to Congress

Casey Dreier • February 19, 2015

It's time to write to Congress in support of planetary exploration. Why? Because it works.

Planetary CubeSats Begin to Come of Age

Van Kane • February 17, 2015 • 3

Van Kane rounds up some recent planetary mission concepts based on CubeSat technology.

2016 Budget: Great Policy Document and Much Better Budget Plan

Van Kane • February 05, 2015 • 12

Van Kane gives a summary of the 53-page proposed Fiscal Year 2016 NASA Planetary Science budget.

Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System

Van Kane • December 01, 2014

With the release of the official Announcement of Opportunity (AO) early in November, NASA has officially begun the competition to select its next low cost ($450M) Discovery program planetary mission. Because planetary scientists are free to propose missions to any destination in the solar system other than the sun and Earth, these competitions bring out the creativity in the planetary science program.

Join me in Washington, D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving Celebration of Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 26, 2014

See Bill Nye, Europa scientist Kevin Hand, and Mars scientist Michael Meyer speak at a special event on Capitol Hill on December 2nd.

A Rich Potpourri of Future Mission Concepts

Van Kane • November 26, 2014

The past few months have brought announcements for new missions from India and China as well as a wealth of creative ideas for future missions.

Lunar Polar Volatile Puzzle

Deepak Dhingra • November 21, 2014

Deepak Dhingra gives an exciting update from the recent Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group (LEAG) meeting at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU-APL) in Baltimore.

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2014 • 2

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science.

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