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Join me in Washington, D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving Celebration of Planetary Exploration
2014/11/26 11:54 CST

See Bill Nye, Europa scientist Kevin Hand, and Mars scientist Michael Meyer speak at a special event on Capitol Hill on December 2nd. More »

A Mission to Europa Just Got a Whole Lot More Likely
2014/11/20 08:14 CST

Rep. John Culberson, an outspoken supporter of Europa exploration, will assume leadership of an influential congressional committee that funds NASA. More »

The Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections for NASA
2014/11/05 02:36 CST | 17 comments

A Republican Senate will not drastically change the course of the nation's space program, though it will likely see less funding for NASA and a difficult path forward for the Asteroid Retrieval Mission. More »

How Richard Nixon Changed NASA
2014/10/04 10:03 CDT | 7 comments

The end of the Moon race raised the question: what, if anything, was next for NASA? The decisions made by President Nixon in the aftermath of Apollo still impact the space program today. More »

Happy Fiscal Year 2015! Though NASA Still Doesn't Have a Budget
2014/10/01 11:25 CDT | 1 comment

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill before taking off to campaign for re-election, keeping NASA's 2015 budget in limbo for another two months. More »

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress
2014/09/29 11:38 CDT | 2 comments

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science. More »

Recovery. Peak. Collapse. Planetary Science from 1990 - 2014
2014/09/11 12:25 CDT | 4 comments

The history of planetary exploration repeats itself starting with a resurgent program in the 90s and 2000s that launched a new fleet of planetary spacecraft. Like our first story, this great success rewarded by deep budget cuts. More »

Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress
2014/09/09 04:45 CDT

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th. More »

Growth. Peak. Collapse. Planetary exploration from 1959 - 1989
2014/09/08 11:24 CDT | 4 comments

The first three decades of planetary exploration tell a story that sounds all-too-familiar to modern day space advocates. Growth, peak, and then collapse of hard-earned capability. This is the story of planetary science for the first half of its existence. More »

Curiosity Rover Science Plan Slammed by NASA Review Panel
2014/09/03 01:55 CDT | 19 comments

Senior review recommends continuing all major planetary exploration missions, but not without some changes. More »

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