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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.

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.

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.

Top NASA Scientists Grapple with Budget Cuts

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2013 • 3

Ellen Stofan, NASA's Chief Scientist, and John Grunsfeld, the head of the Science Mission Directorate and a Hubble repair astronaut, highlighted recent NASA science discoveries at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.

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.

NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2013 • 32

The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems.

Europe Bypasses Solar System for Upcoming Science Missions

Van Kane • November 06, 2013 • 3

The European Space Agency has selected two astrophysics observatories as its next large science missions, overlooking every proposed planetary mission. ESA's current selection of planetary missions, however, means it will still be a major player in solar system exploration for the next two decades.

Laser Bees Update

Bruce Betts • October 29, 2013 • 3

An update from University of Strathclyde researchers about the Planetary Society sponsored laboratory Laser Bees asteroid deflection project including a new laser and other lab equipment, and the start of new related projects.

Google+ Hangout with ESA about Europe's Mars exploration

Emily Lakdawalla • October 04, 2013

The European Space Agency invited me to join Mars Express project scientist Olivier Witasse, and spacecraft oeprations manager Michel Denis for a Hangout on Europe's recent and future exploration of Mars and Phobos.

The "Starship Century" Beckons

Mat Kaplan • October 01, 2013

The Benford brothers provide inspiration and hard fact in their excellent new anthology about interstellar travel.

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