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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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The White House Science Fair and an Earful for Bolden
2013/05/01 11:53 CDT | 10 comments

I meet the future of science in the United States, and I speak directly to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about my concerns for Planetary Science funding. More »

American Astronomical Society Criticizes NASA Planetary Science Budget
2013/04/30 01:38 CDT

The AAS made a strong critique of proposed cuts to NASA's Planetary Science program today. More »

Further Analysis of NASA's 2014 Budget Proposal
2013/04/29 11:19 CDT | 7 comments

Now that groups and individuals have had time to digest the proposed 2014 NASA Planetary Science budget, they are highlighting the impacts of the proposed cuts. We are also getting the first independent reactions to the proposal to bring an asteroid to lunar orbit as a target for human exploration. More »

Cutting NASA's Education and Public Outreach Efforts Now Is Short-sighted and Counterproductive
2013/04/26 04:45 CDT | 4 comments

Lars Perkins, Chairman of NAC's Education Committee, writes a defense of NASA's Education and Outreach efforts, currently facing a major cut and restructuring in 2014. More »

House NASA Budget Hearing Live-blog
2013/04/24 12:59 CDT | 3 comments

Live blog of comments and analysis from the House Science Committee's hearing on NASA's 2014 Budget. More »

Twitter Accounts for Key Space Representatives
2013/04/23 01:05 CDT

Here are the official Twitter accounts for key people in Congress associated with supporting Planetary Science. More »

[updated] Tweet #fundPlanetary Today and Spread the Word to Help Save Planetary Exploration
2013/04/23 07:04 CDT | 3 comments

Congress meets this week to discuss the 2014 NASA budget. We need as many people to reach out as possible so Planetary Science is on the agenda. More »

Planetary Science Is Fading to Black, Claims New Op-Ed
2013/04/22 02:35 CDT | 4 comments

A powerful new op-ed in SpaceNews traces the inevitable decline of NASA's Planetary Science missions if the current cuts to the program are implemented. More »

JPL's Open House Falls to the Sequester
2013/04/18 05:11 CDT | 3 comments

JPL announced that its annual open house was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday, another victim of the arbitrary cuts known as the Sequester. More »

What We're Doing About NASA's Planetary Science Budget Cut
2013/04/16 05:43 CDT | 5 comments

All cylinders are firing here in the Society as we rev up a big response for the White House's NASA budget that proposes another $200 million cut to Planetary Science. 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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