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Challenges to Enabling a Richer Planetary Exploration Program

Van Kane • March 21, 2016 • 5

This past week brought to the fore two challenges for NASA’s managers as they try to enable the richest possible mix of coming planetary missions. At stake are whether the agency will be able to select two Discovery missions from the current competition, and whether there will be the possibility of a mission selected for Enceladus and/or Titan in the next decade.

NASA's New Budget Would Gut Europa But Otherwise Support Planetary Exploration

Van Kane • February 18, 2016 • 8

It’s clear that the President’s budget officers really don’t want to fund a mission to Europa. Other than that, the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget submitted by the President last week to Congress would be great for planetary exploration.

Data Dump: NASA's Planetary Science Program By the Numbers

Casey Dreier • February 16, 2016 • 3

We provide you the gritty budget breakdown by program and mission for NASA's Planetary Science Division.

What Does a 'Good' Budget for Planetary Science Look Like?

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2016 • 1

NASA's 2017 budget request comes out on Tuesday, here's how you can evaluate if the budget for the Planetary Science Division is good or not. It's not just about 2017, but the next five years.

Three Things to Look for in NASA’s Coming Budget Request

Casey Dreier • February 04, 2016

The 2017 budget season is almost here. Next week, the White House will release its budget request for NASA. Here are three things I will immediately look for upon its release.

Europa Budget Bulge

Van Kane • January 25, 2016

Van Kane explains how the key development for NASA’s mission to Europa will be an agreement on how the agency plans to accommodate the monetary bulge that will come from funding the mission.

A Lander for NASA’s Europa Mission

Van Kane • January 05, 2016 • 9

While there’s at least eight years until it launches, this has been a pivotal year for developing NASA’s Europa mission.

Could Sino-U.S. cooperation bring The Martian home?

Yong-Chun Zheng • November 10, 2015 • 1

In the The Martian, NASA astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. At a critical moment, China offers to help the U.S. bring him back to Earth. But can these two countries cooperate to explore space in reality?

A New Budget Deal and a Best Case NASA Budget for 2016

Casey Dreier • October 28, 2015 • 1

The promise of a congressional budget deal could free up additional resources for NASA. What would a best case scenario look like, and is it possible within the deal?

President Obama Highlights Planetary Science Triumphs

Casey Dreier • October 19, 2015 • 4

At the White House Astronomy Night, President Obama highlighted some of the major triumphs of NASA and its planetary science program. Yet his 2016 budget calls for further cuts to the program.

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