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Mars Exploration Endangered by Bureaucratic (In)Action

Charlene Anderson • October 07, 2011

The road to Mars just seems to get longer and harder every day. The Planetary Society has just asked its Members to contact the White House and ask John Holdren, the President's Science Advisor, to make sure that NASA and ESA are allowed to work together on the 2016 and 2018 missions to Mars.

A Skirmish Won, the Battle Will Continue

Charlene Anderson • September 17, 2011

In this latest skirmish over NASA's budget, the numbers are in -- and it looks like we won!

August Means Summer Recess for Congress But Let's Keep Up the Pressure for Space

Charlene Anderson • August 02, 2011

Is this the time to forget about political action? No! It's time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) and write to your local newspaper proclaiming your support for space exploration.

The Skirmishing Has Begun

Charlene Anderson • July 12, 2011

Today, 12 July 2011, the Planetary Society submitted into testimony a written statement to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives for their hearing on NASA's Space Launch System.

House subcommittee votes to slash NASA

Bill Nye • July 07, 2011

Today the U.S. House of Representative subcommittee charged with appropriating funds to NASA mandated a draconian cut of almost $2 billion from the space agency's proposed budget.

From Earth Orbit to Washington, D.C.

Bill Nye • July 01, 2011

About a week ago, I attended the meeting of an organization I am excited about: the Alliance for Earth Observation. The conference was remarkable.

URGENT: Call Appropriations Committee members to support Pu-238 production

Emily Lakdawalla • June 14, 2011

I just got the following email from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), requesting anyone whose Congressperson sits on the Appropriations Committee to place a phone call to support the production of Plutonium-238, the isotope of plutonium that powers spacecraft that cannot run on solar power.

Memo to Australians: Tell your government if space exploration benefits your community

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2011

Australia's Space Policy Unit is conducting a survey of people in the commercial space industry, state and local governments, and education and research sectors as part of an effort to assess the economic value of civil space to the country.

Update on the NASA Authorization Bill

Louis D. Friedman • July 30, 2010

Yesterday, the Planetary Society issued a statement about the request that the U.S. House of Representatives suspend the rules when voting on the NASA Authorization bill, saying, in part, "The future of the space program is too important to rush through a controversial change in policy.

Urgent action required: Please call Senators TODAY

Louis D. Friedman • July 14, 2010

It's time to make phone calls to support space exploration. We're sending the following letter to all our members today, and urge everyone reading this to pick up the phone and take action.

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