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What NASA Can Learn from SpaceX
2016/04/28 11:42 CDT | 18 comments

SpaceX's announcement that it will send Dragon capsules to Mars demonstrates the advantage of having a clear plan to explore the red planet. NASA should take note. More »

The Senate Just Proposed to Slash Planetary Science Funding
2016/04/26 01:54 CDT | 2 comments

The Senate has released its draft of NASA's 2017 budget which, despite increasing NASA's top-line by $300 million, would cut $270 million from the Planetary Science Division. Here's why we shouldn't worry—yet. More »

Does Presidential Intervention Undermine Consensus for NASA?
2016/04/13 05:54 CDT | 14 comments

Presidents induce polarization on topics they choose to promote. So is the best way for a President to promote consensus in NASA to speak quietly? More »

Data Dump: NASA's Planetary Science Program By the Numbers
2016/02/16 08:58 CST | 3 comments

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

What Does a 'Good' Budget for Planetary Science Look Like?
2016/02/08 05:31 CST | 1 comment

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. More »

Three Things to Look for in NASA’s Coming Budget Request
2016/02/04 02:27 CST

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. More »

[Updated] An Extraordinary Budget for NASA in 2016
2015/12/18 08:00 CST | 14 comments

Congress's plan to fund the U.S. government in 2016 includes a stellar $1.3 billion increase for NASA over last year, nearly $730 million above the President's request. More »

A New Budget Deal and a Best Case NASA Budget for 2016
2015/10/28 05:03 CDT | 1 comment

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? More »

President Obama Highlights Planetary Science Triumphs
2015/10/19 07:12 CDT | 4 comments

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. More »

Zero Dollars for 2016: Two Stalwart Planetary Missions Face a Troubling Future
2015/10/19 10:28 CDT | 7 comments

In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. More »

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Cuts to Planetary Science

Beginning in 2013, the White House has pursued cuts to NASA's Planetary Science Division which have reduced the number of new missions to explore the solar system. View the Chart >>

Current Planetary Funding Level

Currently funded at $1.631 billion for 2016. Should this level continue to grow, the program will be on the path to recovery.

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