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Political Advocacy - Save Our Science!

We are at a crucial turning point in planetary exploration.

After a decade of success with Cassini at Saturn, the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the take-your-breath-away excitement of the skycrane landing of Curiosity on Mars, NASA's planetary exploration program was rewarded with budget cuts that seriously impair NASA's ability to explore the Solar System.

The White House proposed deep cuts to Planetary Science in 2013 and 2014. But due to overwhelming public support, Congress rejected the full cuts each time.

Now, for the third year in a row, the White House has proposed to cut Planetary Science. A mission to Europa seems possible, but NASA has not yet committed. We need to make this vision a reality. Take a minute and send your representatives a message (or write the President if you're outside the U.S.).

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We Need You to Stand Up for Planetary Exploration
2013/11/08 12:39 CST | 1 comment

Congress and the White House are making decisions that impact funding for NASA's Planetary Exploration missions. We need to tell them that YES we are paying attention and care about the future of exploration. More »

Power From the Isotopes
2013/10/29 01:21 CDT | 2 comment

We report on the current state of Plutonium-238 production in the United States, a crucial fuel source for planetary exploration spacecraft. More »

NASA's MAVEN Mission Spared from Shutdown
2013/10/03 04:40 CDT | 7 comment

Launch preparations will resume for NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch to Mars on November 18th. Work had previously been suspended, potentially causing the spacecraft to miss its once-every-26-month launch opportunity. More »

[Updated] A Government Shutdown Could Delay MAVEN's Launch to Mars
2013/09/30 05:17 CDT | 2 comment

NASA confirmed that a government shutdown could affect pre-launch processing of the MAVEN spacecraft, currently scheduled to launch to Mars on November 18th. More »

Plutonium-238 is Crucial for Space Exploration – and it's Running Out
2013/09/20 11:29 CDT | 3 comment

Plutonium-238 provides electricity to deep space missions, but NASA only has a little bit left. A new article in Wired highlights the disastrous consequences of no plutonium for use in space, something the Planetary Society is currently fighting for in Washington, D.C. More »

NASA Backs Off From Additional Planetary Cuts in 2013
2013/09/01 03:44 CDT | 5 comment

The final operating plan for the space agency provided $75 million more to planetary exploration than initially proposed. More »

SpaceNews Highlights the Planetary Society's Advocacy Work
2013/08/30 06:17 CDT | 2 comment

The Planetary Society is "making a difference" in the space industry, according to SpaceNews, the world's leading newspaper covering the space business. More »

August Advocacy Update: Where We Stand
2013/08/15 07:02 CDT | 6 comment

Planetary exploration sees strong support from both parties in the current budget process, but we have a long way to go before a budget is passed this year. More »

NASA Leadership Moving On
2013/08/09 01:45 CDT | 2 comment

Both Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and CFO Beth Robinson are leaving NASA within the next few months. More »

"NASA non-concurs"
2013/07/30 08:58 CDT | 7 comment

NASA responds to its advisory council's recommendations from April of this year. More »

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Official Response to the 2015 NASA Budget Proposal

The Planetary Society cannot fully support this budget. While there are some positive aspects, the request imposes unacceptable cuts to the Science Mission Directorate that damage the immediate and long-term health of some of NASA's most successful programs, particularly planetary exploration. If this budget is passed unchanged, there will be fewer planetary missions in development by 2019 than at any point in the past few decades. Read the Full Statement >>

 

Continued Cuts for Planetary Science

See the sorry trend of cuts pursued by the White House since 2013, which have reduced the number of missions to explore the solar system. View the Chart >>

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