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 create devastating immediate and long-term consequences for NASA's ability to explore the Solar System.
The White House has proposed deep cuts to Planetary Science for 2014, even though similar cuts were soundly rejected by Congress last year.
Planetary Science is a division within NASA responsible for all robotic space exploration beyond the Earth and Sun. The most inspiring and scientifically important missions are impossible if these cuts go through, and merely maintaining support for current missions will be be difficult.
The Planetary Society maintains an active lobbying effort to support NASA's missions of exploration, but we need your help to make a difference.
The Save Our Science Action Center helps you learn about the issues, both immediate and long-term, connects you to your representatives in Congress and the President (if you live outside the U.S.) and lets you know the status of planetary science.
During my visit to D.C. to discuss Planetary Exploration funding with key people on the Hill, members of the Planetary Society gathered at George Washington University to hear the latest science results from NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers. More »
Write the President to Save Planetary Exploration (FAQ)
2012/10/14 12:40 CDT | 9 comments
We've written congress. We've written the budget staffers in the government. Now it's time to reach for the top, and get the President to hear our passion and support for Planetary Exploration. More »
What if the Senate had a hearing on Mars and no one came?
2012/09/12 04:47 CDT | 3 comments
Today there was a Senate hearing on the future of Mars exploration, title "From Low-Earth Orbit to Mars" on Sept 12th, 2012, and only 2 out of 25 Senators came. More »
Current Planetary Funding Level
Currently funded at $1.271 billion for FY13, well below minimum.