The President's proposed 2013 NASA budget calls for deep cuts to the nation's very successful planetary science program. These cuts not only threaten the future of planetary science, but also impact our ability to conduct deep space missions. As the next generation of planetary scientists, the graduate student community is deeply concerned about the ramifications of these budget cuts, and we must voice our concerns to policymakers in Washington, D.C.
In the coming weeks we will be gathering resources, targeting our Congressmen and Congresswomen, and writing our petitions to Congress to restore adequate funding to NASA's planetary science budget. Graduate students, please join us by following our Facebook page to stay informed and by telling your friends to do the same. Please contact us at NASAgradpetition@gmail.com if you are willing to be a point contact for your school, or if you have other input.