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Let NASA Pursue a Balanced Planetary Exploration Program (January 29, 2013)

Congress and the Obama Administration should allow NASA to begin a new mission to Europa, ensure that the 2020 Rover caches samples of Mars, and increase the cadence of Discovery-class missions by preserving funding at $1.5 billion for the next five years.

Planetary Society Statement on the 2020 Mars Rover Mission Announcement (December 5, 2012)

The Planetary Society welcomes the news that NASA will land a new rover on Mars in 2020. However, we emphasize that this announcement does not change the status quo: without Congressional action, NASA’s Planetary Sciences division will suffer cuts of $309 million in the 2013 budget.

Planetary Society Statement on the Curiosity Press Briefing at the Fall 2012 AGU Conference (December 3, 2012)

The incredible public interest in today’s Curiosity announcement should demonstrate to Congress and the White House that strong support exists for NASA’s Planetary Science program.

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