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Political Advocacy - Save Our Science!

We are at a crucial turning point in planetary exploration.

After a decade of success with Cassini at Saturn, the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the take-your-breath-away excitement of the skycrane landing of Curiosity on Mars, NASA's planetary exploration program was rewarded with budget cuts that seriously impair NASA's ability to explore the Solar System.

The White House proposed deep cuts to Planetary Science in 2013 and 2014. But due to overwhelming public support, Congress rejected the full cuts each time.

Now, for the third year in a row, the White House has proposed to cut Planetary Science. A mission to Europa seems possible, but NASA has not yet committed. We need to make this vision a reality. Take a minute and send your representatives a message (or write the President if you're outside the U.S.).

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Happy Fiscal Year 2015! Though NASA Still Doesn't Have a Budget
2014/10/01 11:25 CDT

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill before taking off to campaign for re-election, keeping NASA's 2015 budget in limbo for another two months. More »

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress
2014/09/29 11:38 CDT | 1 comment

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science. More »

Recovery. Peak. Collapse. Planetary Science from 1990 - 2014
2014/09/11 12:25 CDT | 4 comment

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. More »

Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress
2014/09/09 04:45 CDT

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th. More »

Growth. Peak. Collapse. Planetary exploration from 1959 - 1989
2014/09/08 11:24 CDT | 4 comment

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. More »

Curiosity Rover Science Plan Slammed by NASA Review Panel
2014/09/03 01:55 CDT | 19 comment

Senior review recommends continuing all major planetary exploration missions, but not without some changes. More »

The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding
2014/08/29 02:06 CDT | 5 comment

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. More »

NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality
2014/08/28 12:33 CDT | 9 comment

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year. More »

The Competition for Dollars
2014/08/27 01:20 CDT | 11 comment

We all know NASA needs more money to achieve its goals. But competition for money is intense within the U.S. federal government, and two trends have made it harder for NASA to get what it needs. More »

Watch Bill Nye and Special Guests in The Lure of Europa
2014/08/04 09:21 CDT

We've posted the full video of our Washington, D.C. event exploring the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth. More »

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Official Response to the 2015 NASA Budget Proposal

The Planetary Society cannot fully support this budget. While there are some positive aspects, the request imposes unacceptable cuts to the Science Mission Directorate that damage the immediate and long-term health of some of NASA's most successful programs, particularly planetary exploration. If this budget is passed unchanged, there will be fewer planetary missions in development by 2019 than at any point in the past few decades. Read the Full Statement >>

 

Continued Cuts for Planetary Science

See the sorry trend of cuts pursued by the White House since 2013, which have reduced the number of missions to explore the solar system. View the Chart >>

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