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The End of Opportunity and the Burden of Success
2014/04/15 08:19 CDT | 11 comments

The Opportunity rover and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are both zeroed out in NASA's 2015 budget. Learn why these missions face the axe and why the White House is forcing NASA to choose between existing missions and starting new ones. More »

A Report from the First Hearing on the 2015 NASA Budget
2014/03/27 12:07 CDT | 4 comments

An animated NASA Administrator defended the commercial crew program as the fastest way to return to American access to low-Earth orbit in a hearing before the House Space Subcommittee today. More »

The NASA Budget: What Next
2014/03/26 05:27 CDT | 5 comments

Now that the White House has released its 2015 NASA budget proposal, what happens next? What can you do to help? More »

Further Analysis of NASA's FY15 Budget Proposal: Steady As She Goes?
2014/03/22 10:23 CDT

The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget details were released last week. For the next several years, the budget proposes a steady as she goes plan, but with two “what are they thinking?” surprises. More »

Calling Congress Is Easy
2014/03/21 07:38 CDT | 3 comments

Calling your senators and representatives about NASA's budget isn't that bad. In fact, I just took 15 minutes out of my day to do it! If you're not sure what to say to support planetary exploration, I hope you'll be inspired by what I've transcribed from my phone call this afternoon. More »

The 2015 Planetary Science Budget Situation - A Short Presentation
2014/03/19 12:09 CDT | 2 comments

I gave a talk at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this year where I summarized the planetary budget situation. Here is that talk. More »

Our Official Response to NASA's 2015 Budget Proposal
2014/03/14 02:06 CDT | 5 comments

The Planetary Society released its stance on the 2015 budget proposal for NASA today. We can't fully support it. More »

[Updated] To Europa!...Slowly. First Impressions of NASA's New Budget Request
2014/03/07 11:20 CST | 5 comments

Europa may get a mission...eventually. We give our first take on the 2015 NASA Budget request. How does Planetary Exploration fare? Which projects were cancelled? Will NASA capture an asteroid? And most importantly, what can you do about it? More »

NASA Wants to Explore Europa On the Cheap
2014/03/05 11:49 CST | 11 comments

NASA announced today that their Europa mission concept studies will be for a sub-$1 billion spacecraft, a lower level than previously imagined for a mission to this watery moon. More »

Pounding the Pavement in Congress, Together
2014/03/01 12:38 CST | 1 comment

A coalition of grassroots pro-space advocates descended on Washington, D.C. this week, and held over 100 meetings with representatives and staff throughout Congress to argue for increased investment in NASA. More »

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