Planetary Society Statements and Letters
Letter from Bill Nye and Jim Bell to Jacob Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, January 12, 2012. "We are writing to you to request your support for NASA's Science programs as you finalize the Fiscal Year 2013 budget request. We recommend a small but significant change to NASA's budget portfolio...."
We investigate the possibility that the anomalous acceleration of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft is due to the recoil force associated with an anisotropic emission of thermal radiation off the vehicles. ...once the thermal recoil force is properly accounted for, no anomalous acceleration remains.
Statement before the Senate Commerce Committee, for Hearing: Priorities, Plans, and Progress of the Nation's Space Program, March 7, 2012. "The Planetary Society is deeply troubled with the priorities reflected in NASA’s FY13 budget. If implemented, it will portend grave consequences...."
The introduction to Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles from The Planetary Society's Vision of Mars that traveled to Mars on the Phoenix spacecraft. Intro by Jon Lomberg.
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