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[Updated]: NASA Selects 7 Science Instruments for its Next Mars Rover
2014/07/31 01:16 CDT | 12 comments
Seven science instruments will help the Mars 2020 rover identify biosignatures and understand the history of the rocks it encounters on the surface of the red planet. More »
NASA Announces the Suite of Science Instruments on its Next Mars Rover Today
2014/07/31 04:13 CDT
Today marks the unveiling of the suite of science instruments that will travel to Mars to look for signs of past life and help determine samples to store for possible return to Earth. The next rover mission will launch in 2020. More »
Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission
2014/06/30 06:01 CDT | 51 comments
Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars. More »
The Senate's Flawed NASA Bill Hits a Bump in the Road
2014/06/19 10:09 CDT | 2 comments
For the second day in a row, the Senate failed to vote on a bill that would fund NASA and other agencies in 2015. Without passage, no progress can be made addressing the flaws contained within. More »
[Updated] The Senate Proposes $17.9B for NASA, Matching the House's Increase
2014/06/04 05:37 CDT | 2 comments
The Senate released early details about its budget for NASA in 2015. The top-line level, $17.9 billion, is an increase over the President's proposal and matches the level passed by the full House last week. More »
There's an old saying about Washington, D.C.: it’s a small town, based on relationships. We are establishing very good relationships with members of the U.S. Congress and the Administration. Three of us made the rounds recently, going from one Congressional Member’s office to another to support planetary exploration and a mission to Europa. Our team included Casey Dreier, our Director of Advocacy; Bill Adkins, our lobbyist in Washington; and me. More »
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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 >>
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