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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 »

A First Time for Everything: Blitzing Congress for Space
2015/03/06 03:53 CST | 1 comment

There is a first time for everything. Riding a bike, stargazing, and yes, even lobbying Congress. Jack Kiraly describes his first Legislative Blitz with Michael Briganti and Casey Dreier on Capitol Hill last week. More »

Space Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill
2015/03/04 06:52 CST | 2 comments

The Space Exploration Alliance wrapped up its most recent 'legislative blitz' last week. Nearly 70 individuals participated in the democratic process, speaking to nearly 168 difference offices in Congress. Nearly half of those individuals were Planetary Society members. More »

Highlights from our reddit Space Policy AMA
2015/02/27 06:20 CST

The space policy and advocacy team at The Planetary Society held an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit, here are some of the highlights. More »

Ask Me Anything (on reddit) About NASA's Budget
2015/02/24 11:06 CST

Starting at 11am PST/2pm EST on Wednesday, the space policy team at the Society will hold an AMA (Ask Me Anything) about NASA's new budget and the process of space exploration. More »

Why We Write to Congress
2015/02/19 10:42 CST

It's time to write to Congress in support of planetary exploration. Why? Because it works. More »

2016 Budget: Great Policy Document and Much Better Budget Plan
2015/02/05 07:25 CST | 12 comments

Van Kane gives a summary of the 53-page proposed Fiscal Year 2016 NASA Planetary Science budget. More »

NASA Budget Lists Timelines, Costs and Risks for First SLS Flight
2015/02/03 10:45 CST | 2 comments

NASA will set the Space Launch System's inaugural flight date at the end of this year, according to the agency's 2016 budget request, which was released on Monday. More »

It's Official: We're On the Way to Europa
2015/02/02 08:55 CST | 8 comments

NASA's 2016 budget request increases the space agency's budget by $519 million, starts a new mission to Europa, increases funds to Commercial Crew, and threatens some long-running planetary missions. More »

How NASA's Yearly Budget Request Comes Together
2015/01/29 11:48 CST | 1 comment

It takes a year to make, and is the starting point for all coming debate by Congress. It's the President's Budget Request, and understanding how it comes together is an important part of being an effective space advocate. More »

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