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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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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

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