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Why We Don't Know When the Europa Mission Will Launch
2015/05/27 01:32 CDT | 12 comments
NASA has been vague about when the new mission to Europa will launch. There's a reason for that, and it's not just orbital mechanics. More »
Here Are the Science Instruments NASA Will Use to Explore Europa
2015/05/26 01:01 CDT | 8 comments
NASA just announced the science instruments that will be used to understand the enigmatic ocean moon of Europa. The mission is planned to launch sometime in the early 2020s. More »
The House Appropriations Committee released their vision for NASA's 2016 budget this week, which includes significant increases for the SLS and Planetary Science, but cuts Commercial Crew and Earth Science funds. More »
[Updated] Good Planetary Support in A Flawed NASA Bill
2015/05/02 07:45 CDT | 15 comments
Casey Dreier gives a brief summary of the House draft bill released the other day that would authorize NASA funding for the years 2016 and 2017. More »
A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal. More »
The Planetary Society helped organize a community response to the latest NASA budget at the 2015 meeting of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. More »
At LPSC this year? Come to this special session on NASA's budget
2015/03/16 11:44 CDT
For those of you who are here at LPSC 2015, we’ve organized a special session at noon on Tuesday, March 17th in the Montgomery Ballroom to bring together representatives from the three major professional organizations that represent planetary scientists to address your questions and concerns about NASA's 2016 budget request. More »
Is the Opportunity Rover a Mission 'Whose Time Has Passed'?
2015/03/15 08:56 CDT | 11 comments
The NASA Administrator declared that the Opportunity rover is a mission 'whose time has passed' and will be defunded next year. Will Congress act to save it? 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.