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Planetary Radio: Comet ISON, Rest in Pieces
2013/12/10 12:02 CST | 1 comment

Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is our guest on this week's show. He explains how ISON really did become the comet of the century for scientists. More »

A Protected Class of Programs at NASA?
2013/12/10 04:20 CST | 8 comments

The House Science Committee is considering giving a select few NASA programs special protected status against cancellation. More »

The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart
2013/12/09 02:18 CST | 12 comments

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer. More »

The ASRG Cancellation in Context
2013/12/09 12:50 CST | 8 comments

ASRGs could have stretched NASA's limited supply of plutonium to potentially enable missions to the perpetually-shadowed polar craters on our moon, to flyby Uranus, or to float for months on a Titan lake. More »

Why We're Writing the President (& Congress) Now
2013/12/06 01:37 CST | 6 comments

Decisions about both the 2014 and 2015 budgets are happening soon. More »

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
2013/12/05 06:15 CST | 16 comments

Bill Nye writes President Obama arguing that the President should embrace a bold future of planetary exploration. More »

What's Going on With Planetary Science Research?
2013/12/04 01:44 CST | 5 comments

Budget cuts mixed with a new way to fund science could disproportionately impact the next generation of planetary scientists. More »

Call Your Representatives, Save Our Science
2013/11/22 10:56 CST | 1 comment

I called one of my Senators earlier today. Before that I called my representative. It was pretty easy. More »

NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program
2013/11/15 04:06 CST | 32 comments

The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems. More »

Will We Lose Cassini’s "New" Mission at Saturn to Budget Cuts?
2013/11/12 06:26 CST | 5 comments

NASA’s shrinking budgets for planetary exploration may force it to decide between continued funding for the Saturn Cassini mission and the continued funding for its Mars missions. More »

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