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The President's 2016 Budget Is Coming
2015/01/21 06:11 CST

The 2016 budget cycle for NASA kicks off on Feb 2nd, when the White House releases the President's Budget Request. Here's what to look for. More »

Stand for Space! Join me in D.C. in February to Blitz Congress
2015/01/05 07:34 CST | 3 comments

Put your passion for space exploration to work. Come with me to D.C. in February and join space advocates from around the country as we descend on Capitol Hill. More »

Here's How Planetary Science Will Spend Its $1.44 Billion in 2015
2014/12/19 12:54 CST | 4 comments

The story of NASA's 2015 budget ended on December 16th, when President Barack Obama signed the massive omnibus spending bill into law. NASA's increased budget is locked in, as is the increase to Planetary Science. Here's how Planetary spends its additional money. More »

[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed
2014/12/14 01:13 CST | 4 comments

Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature. More »

NASA's Budget Increase Is A Step Closer to Reality
2014/12/12 01:23 CST | 4 comments

By a narrow vote, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 'CRomnibus' spending bill, which includes an increase to NASA and its Planetary Science Division. It now moves on to the Senate. More »

[Updated] The CRomnibus Comes Through for NASA and Planetary Science
2014/12/10 03:24 CST | 7 comments

The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division. More »

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 »

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