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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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2014 NASA Budget Cuts $200 million from Planetary Science -- Again
2013/04/10 12:00 CDT | 1 comment

NASA's new budget doubles down on cuts to Planetary Science, despite Congress rejecting a similar proposal last year. More »

Will the Sequester Take an Outsized Bite from Planetary Science at NASA?
2013/04/06 09:11 CDT | 2 comment

Despite a $223 million boost from Congress this year, NASA's Planetary Science Division may not be allowed to use that money so NASA can prevent cuts in other programs. More »

What To Watch For In The 2014 Budget
2013/04/03 06:34 CDT | 3 comment

Here are the big items to watch for when the White House proposes its 2014 budget on April 10th. More »

A Major Political Victory for The Planetary Society
2013/03/29 02:18 CDT

The Planetary Society just achieved a major victory in our efforts to ensure strong funding for NASA’s planetary exploration. More »

What's Going On with NASA Education and Public Outreach?
2013/03/28 12:18 CDT | 3 comment

Sequestration claims its next victim at NASA, as all Education and Public Outreach activities are suspended until further review. More »

[Updated] Senate Bill Restores $223 million to NASA's Planetary Science Division
2013/03/27 05:15 CDT | 4 comment

The President signed the Senate's bill to fund the government for the remainder of 2013, and it includes some positive news for NASA's Planetary Science division, which is facing a 21% cut. More »

A Victory for Exploration
2013/03/21 10:22 CDT | 8 comment

We celebrate success as Congress passes a bill that restores funding to NASA's Planetary Science program, allowing for more missions, begins a mission to Europa, and funds Plutonium fuel development. More »

Send Us Your Sequestration Stories
2013/03/15 04:36 CDT | 3 comment

Are you a scientist or student that has felt an impact from sequestration? Tell us your story. More »

Sequestration Claims its First Victim at NASA
2013/03/14 07:18 CDT | 4 comment

The first major effects of Sequestration were felt at NASA yesterday, with new rules severely restricting travel and scientific conference attendance by NASA scientists and contractors. More »

Rep. Adam Schiff Responds to Questions on Planetary Science Funding
2013/03/08 12:43 CST | 2 comment

Rep. Adam Schiff's response to the state of Planetary Science funding from his recent online town hall. 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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