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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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Advocacy Update: The Society Traveled to Washington
2013/01/25 02:16 CST | 3 comment

The Planetary Society makes another visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for Planetary Science funding at NASA. More »

Sequestration Averted for Now
2013/01/02 12:28 CST

The fiscal cliff deal delays implementation of the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester for two months. More »

Tiptoeing Towards the Edge
2012/12/27 04:09 CST | 1 comment

NASA's Planetary Science Division looks to lose about $100 million in addition to the deep cuts already proposed for 2013. More »

Where We Stand: The year in advocacy and what's ahead for 2013
2012/12/16 05:43 CST | 12 comment

We've had a very busy year defending funding for NASA's Planetary Science division. More »

Save Our Science: November Update
2012/11/15 01:05 CST | 5 comment

We've sent over sixteen thousand of emails to the president, but we need more. More »

What We're Fighting For
2012/11/13 01:48 CST

We're fighting for the restoration of NASA's planetary sciences budget to return to its 2012 level. What does that get us? New financial analysis from our sources in the scientific community provides us a glimpse. More »

Write the President: Re-election Edition
2012/11/07 01:46 CST | 2 comment

We've had a great response to this advocacy push so far. Now that the President has been re-elected, our messages are even more important. Write today if you haven't, and spread to the word to your friends. More »

D.C. Visit Update and Member Event Recap
2012/10/17 02:39 CDT | 1 comment

During my visit to D.C. to discuss Planetary Exploration funding with key people on the Hill, members of the Planetary Society gathered at George Washington University to hear the latest science results from NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers. More »

Write the President to Save Planetary Exploration (FAQ)
2012/10/14 12:40 CDT | 9 comment

We've written congress. We've written the budget staffers in the government. Now it's time to reach for the top, and get the President to hear our passion and support for Planetary Exploration. More »

Mars Program Update from MEPAG
2012/10/05 06:30 CDT | 1 comment

Bruce Betts reports on the status of the current and future Mars program and on acronyms from a meeting of NASA's MEPAG (Mars Exploration Analysis Program Analysis Group). 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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