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Remembering Charles Townes

Mat Kaplan • January 31, 2015 • 2

Mat Kaplan honors the memory of a scientific pioneer.

Dawn Journal: History of Ceres

Marc Rayman • December 29, 2014 • 14

As Dawn looks toward the new world of Ceres, Mission Director Marc Rayman looks back on Ceres' discovery.

Want Funding? Then Be a National Priority

Jason Callahan • November 14, 2014 • 1

On Monday, Jason Callahan published an article in The Space Review discussing the importance of aligning the goals of federally funded scientific communities with national priorities. This post highlights some of the main points of the article and suggests a possible role for The Planetary Society.

When Nixon Stopped Human Exploration

John M. Logsdon • October 28, 2014 • 3

Society Board Member John Logsdon describes how the decisions made by Richard Nixon in late 1969 and early 1970 effectively ended human exploration beyond Earth orbit for the indefinite future.

How Richard Nixon Changed NASA

Jason Callahan • October 04, 2014 • 7

The end of the Moon race raised the question: what, if anything, was next for NASA? The decisions made by President Nixon in the aftermath of Apollo still impact the space program today.

A Glimpse Into NASA's New History Archives

Jason Callahan • September 23, 2014 • 1

NASA's immense reference collection got a makeover at its Washington, D.C. location recently. Jason Callahan gives you a glimpse behind the scenes as guests made their way into the new rooms while enjoying good conversation and, of course, Moon Pies.

Recovery. Peak. Collapse. Planetary Science from 1990 - 2014

Jason Callahan • September 11, 2014 • 4

The history of planetary exploration repeats itself starting with a resurgent program in the 90s and 2000s that launched a new fleet of planetary spacecraft. Like our first story, this great success rewarded by deep budget cuts.

Growth. Peak. Collapse. Planetary exploration from 1959 - 1989

Jason Callahan • September 08, 2014 • 4

The first three decades of planetary exploration tell a story that sounds all-too-familiar to modern day space advocates. Growth, peak, and then collapse of hard-earned capability. This is the story of planetary science for the first half of its existence.

The Pivotal Discovery You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Karl Battams • August 29, 2014 • 5

Karl Battams highlights the historic discovery, by an Air Force satellite, of a sungrazing comet.

The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding

Jason Callahan • August 29, 2014 • 5

NASA has explored the solar system since the 1960s, but it has rarely been the top priority for the space agency. Jason Callahan breaks down how planetary science has been funded over the years within NASA's larger budget.

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