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The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart
2013/12/09 02:18 CST | 12 comments
If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer. More »
NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program
2013/11/15 04:06 CST | 32 comments
The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems. More »
Will We Lose Cassini’s "New" Mission at Saturn to Budget Cuts?
2013/11/12 06:26 CST | 5 comments
NASA’s shrinking budgets for planetary exploration may force it to decide between continued funding for the Saturn Cassini mission and the continued funding for its Mars missions. More »
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.