Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014
No mission to Europa, diminished funding for outer planets missions, a small bump to small spacecraft missions, and an increase for asteroid detection are part of the White House's proposal for NASA in 2014.
2014 NASA Budget Cuts $200 million from Planetary Science -- Again
NASA's new budget doubles down on cuts to Planetary Science, despite Congress rejecting a similar proposal last year.
Will the Sequester Take an Outsized Bite from Planetary Science at NASA?
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.
A Major Political Victory for The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society just achieved a major victory in our efforts to ensure strong funding for NASA’s planetary exploration.
[Updated] Senate Bill Restores $223 million to NASA's Planetary Science Division
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.
A Victory for Exploration
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.
Sequestration Claims its First Victim at NASA
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.
Rep. Adam Schiff Responds to Questions on Planetary Science Funding
Rep. Adam Schiff's response to the state of Planetary Science funding from his recent online town hall.
Proposed House Budget Increases NASA Funding for SLS and Commercial Crew, Leaves Science Untouched
The U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their new funding bill for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, which funds NASA at 2012 levels with the exception of its SLS and Commercial Crew programs.
"How Much Would You Pay for the Universe?"
NASA's Mars science exploration budget is being decimated, we are not going back to the Moon, and plans for astronauts to visit Mars are delayed until the 2030s -- on funding not yet allocated, overseen by a congress and president to be named later.
Planetary Society Statement on Proposed Cuts to Planetary Science Budget
The Planetary Society is deeply troubled with the priorities reflected in NASA's FY13 budget. If implemented, it will portend grave consequences for our nation's ability to conduct deep-space science missions and could irreversibly erode unique aspects of the space industrial base needed for such missions.
Notes from EPSC/DPS NASA Night
It's already the last day of the DPS/EPSC meeting in Nantes, France, and I've fallen seriously behind on writing up my notes. I thought I'd get some less pleasant notes out of the way before I returned to science.
A Skirmish Won, the Battle Will Continue
In this latest skirmish over NASA's budget, the numbers are in -- and it looks like we won!
House Committee Votes the Wrong Way? JWST to be Canceled
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representative's Appropriations Committee marked up the bill covering NASA's budget that was sent to it by the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee, and the results will not make Planetary Society supporters happy.
The Skirmishing Has Begun
Today, 12 July 2011, the Planetary Society submitted into testimony a written statement to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives for their hearing on NASA's Space Launch System.
Getting Ready for the Next Skirmish: Battle Over NASA Budget Continues
Shudders are still rolling through the space-exploration community after the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee voted on July 7 to slash NASA's budget by $1.9 billion.
Just Released: The Planetary Science Decadal Survey for 2013-2022
The embargo has just been lifted on the National Research Council's
Deep Impact Sets a New Course as Tempel 1 Returns to Normal
With its mission at Tempel 1 over, the Deep Impact spacecraft has altered its course in order to allow a future mission at another comet.