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What's Going on With Planetary Science Research?

Casey Dreier • December 04, 2013 • 5

Budget cuts mixed with a new way to fund science could disproportionately impact the next generation of planetary scientists.

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.

Will We Lose Cassini’s "New" Mission at Saturn to Budget Cuts?

Van Kane • November 12, 2013 • 5

NASA’s shrinking budgets for planetary exploration may force it to decide between continued funding for the Saturn Cassini mission and the continued funding for its Mars missions.

We Need You to Stand Up for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 08, 2013 • 1

Congress and the White House are making decisions that impact funding for NASA's Planetary Exploration missions. We need to tell them that YES we are paying attention and care about the future of exploration.

Announcement for DPS 2013: New plan for "Agency Night" features...me!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2013 • 1

I'll be representing The Planetary Society on a quickly-replanned panel at tomorrow's Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Agency Night, in the absence of any representatives from federal funding agencies.

NASA's MAVEN Mission Spared from Shutdown

Casey Dreier • October 03, 2013 • 7

Launch preparations will resume for NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch to Mars on November 18th. Work had previously been suspended, potentially causing the spacecraft to miss its once-every-26-month launch opportunity.

Our Debt to NASA - Fighting the Pernicious Myth of NASA as Unnecessary

Casey Dreier • September 10, 2013 • 10

A recent article in the NY Times Sunday Magazine highlights how the pernicious myth of NASA as wasteful spending perpetuates through our culture.

NASA Backs Off From Additional Planetary Cuts in 2013

Casey Dreier • September 01, 2013 • 5

The final operating plan for the space agency provided $75 million more to planetary exploration than initially proposed.

Finally, an FY13 NASA Planetary Budget, Just 11 Months Late

Van Kane • August 30, 2013 • 10

The final news for NASA's Planetary Science program is better than had been proposed, but still a substantial cut over the previous year. There may be serious future consequences as a result of the smaller program.

August Advocacy Update: Where We Stand

Casey Dreier • August 15, 2013 • 6

Planetary exploration sees strong support from both parties in the current budget process, but we have a long way to go before a budget is passed this year.

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