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Plutonium-238 is Crucial for Space Exploration – and it's Running Out
2013/09/20 11:29 CDT | 3 comments

Plutonium-238 provides electricity to deep space missions, but NASA only has a little bit left. A new article in Wired highlights the disastrous consequences of no plutonium for use in space, something the Planetary Society is currently fighting for in Washington, D.C. More »

NASA Backs Off From Additional Planetary Cuts in 2013
2013/09/01 03:44 CDT | 5 comments

The final operating plan for the space agency provided $75 million more to planetary exploration than initially proposed. More »

SpaceNews Highlights the Planetary Society's Advocacy Work
2013/08/30 06:17 CDT | 2 comments

The Planetary Society is "making a difference" in the space industry, according to SpaceNews, the world's leading newspaper covering the space business. More »

August Advocacy Update: Where We Stand
2013/08/15 07:02 CDT | 6 comments

Planetary exploration sees strong support from both parties in the current budget process, but we have a long way to go before a budget is passed this year. More »

NASA Leadership Moving On
2013/08/09 01:45 CDT | 2 comments

Both Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and CFO Beth Robinson are leaving NASA within the next few months. More »

"NASA non-concurs"
2013/07/30 08:58 CDT | 7 comments

NASA responds to its advisory council's recommendations from April of this year. More »

Remembering the Pluto Campaign: A Success Story
2013/07/22 02:11 CDT | 3 comments

The New Horizons mission to Pluto survived many near-death encounters with cancellation during its development. The Planetary Society worked the whole time to ensure it would launch. More »

Congress Rejects NASA's First Operating Plan
2013/07/15 11:33 CDT | 1 comment

NASA's plan to raid Planetary Science funding to pay for sequester cuts in other science programs was rejected by Congress earlier this month. NASA is now working on a new plan that has yet to be submitted for approval. More »

House Committee Approves Smallest NASA Budget Since 1986
2013/07/12 12:40 CDT | 8 comments

This budget, if enacted, would be the smallest budget NASA has seen since the mid '80s, when adjusted for inflation. More »

Confirmed: NASA Defies the Will of Congress by Raiding Planetary Science Funding [updated]
2013/06/10 03:40 CDT | 13 comments

Despite congressional rejection of massive cuts to Planetary Science this year, NASA has found a way to implement the cuts internally and use the money for other purposes. More »

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