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 create devastating immediate and long-term consequences for NASA's ability to explore the Solar System.
There are two immediate issues happening now, both of which involve funding:
- NASA is raiding funds restored to Planetary Science last year to pay for unrelated programs.
- The White House has proposed another round of cuts to Planetary Science 2014.
Planetary Science is a division within NASA responsible for all robotic space exploration beyond the Earth and Sun. The most inspiring and scientifically important missions are impossible if these cuts go through, and merely maintaining support for current missions will be be difficult.
The Planetary Society maintains an active lobbying effort to support NASA's missions of exploration, but we need your help to make a difference.
The Save Our Science Action Center helps you learn about the issues, both immediate and long-term, connects you to your representatives in Congress and the President (if you live outside the U.S.) and lets you know the status of planetary science.
Lars Perkins, Chairman of NAC's Education Committee, writes a defense of NASA's Education and Outreach efforts, currently facing a major cut and restructuring in 2014. More »
Congress meets this week to discuss the 2014 NASA budget. We need as many people to reach out as possible so Planetary Science is on the agenda. More »
Planetary Science Is Fading to Black, Claims New Op-Ed
2013/04/22 02:35 CDT | 4 comments
A powerful new op-ed in SpaceNews traces the inevitable decline of NASA's Planetary Science missions if the current cuts to the program are implemented. More »
What We're Doing About NASA's Planetary Science Budget Cut
2013/04/16 05:43 CDT | 5 comments
All cylinders are firing here in the Society as we rev up a big response for the White House's NASA budget that proposes another $200 million cut to Planetary Science. More »
NASA went on an unusual tweet-binge praising planetary science today, saying that the struggling division "thrives" and highlighting various missions mainly developed in better times. NASA made five tweets in a row about planetary science over the course of two hours. More »
First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014
2013/04/10 06:13 CDT | 7 comments
No mission to Europa, diminished funding for outer planets missions, a small bump to small spacecraft missions, and an increase for asteroid detection are part of the White House's proposal for NASA in 2014. More »
Bad Budget News for NASA's Planetary Exploration Program
2013/04/10 12:08 CDT | 13 comments
The Administration just released its proposed budget for 2014 and it contains some very bad news for NASA's planetary exploration program. Just three weeks ago the U.S. Congress rejected similar cuts proposed for planetary exploration last year. It was a clear statement of support by both Congress and the public: planetary exploration is an affordable national priority. More »
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Planetary Society Position Statements
Learn the official stance by the Planetary Society on the latest space-related issues and proposals.
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