Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
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.
The Sequester Will Cut NASA Science by an Additional $52 million
Brand new information about the effects of the across-the-board cuts known as Sequestration, if they were to be enacted.
Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to the House Science committee about the importance of space and scientific research. Bill Nye also visited with Congressman Culberson and Congressman Wolf's chief of staffabout supporting NASA's Planetary Science Program.
Sequestration and Planetary Exploration (updated)
The latest news in the United States is that a poison pill known as the Sequester is looking increasingly likely. If it happens, it will be a body blow to NASA’s planetary science program.
A New Statement on NASA's 2020 Rover Mission
The Planetary Society remains committed to a balanced program of solar system exploration, with Mars, outer planets, and small missions all playing an important part.
Advocacy Update: The Society Traveled to Washington
The Planetary Society makes another visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for Planetary Science funding at NASA.
Tiptoeing Towards the Edge
NASA's Planetary Science Division looks to lose about $100 million in addition to the deep cuts already proposed for 2013.
Where We Stand: The year in advocacy and what's ahead for 2013
We've had a very busy year defending funding for NASA's Planetary Science division.
What We're Fighting For
We're fighting for the restoration of NASA's planetary sciences budget to return to its 2012 level. What does that get us? New financial analysis from our sources in the scientific community provides us a glimpse.
Mars Program Update from MEPAG
Bruce Betts reports on the status of the current and future Mars program and on acronyms from a meeting of NASA's MEPAG (Mars Exploration Analysis Program Analysis Group).
NASA's New Direction For Mars (Maybe)
The future of the Mars Exploration Program exists as multiple mission plans straining to exist in the brutal new cost cap from the FY13 budget, pushed far into the future.
The OMB Didn't See This Coming
In ten days, our members and supporters sent over 17,000 emails to staff members who create and influence NASA's planetary science budget. The public support is there. We're making difference but not letting up.
Sequestration and Planetary Science
The sequestration is coming on January 2nd, 2013. If Congress does nothing to prevent it, NASA's planetary science division stands to lose an additional $97 million to the already-proposed cut of $309 million for 2013.
What if the Senate had a hearing on Mars and no one came?
Today there was a Senate hearing on the future of Mars exploration, title
Bringing a little star power to Capitol Hill
On May 8, 2012, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson brought their unique brand of motivational speaking to Capitol Hill. In a standing-room-only lunch discussion in one of the meeting rooms for the Committee on Space, Science, Technology, these two space superstars, along with planetary scientist Louise Prockter, explained to members of Congress, staffers, and media why we must continue to invest in planetary exploration.
Bill Takes a Job
Bill gives an introduction about his feelings on his new position here at The Planetary Society.
U.S. Citizens: Please write your elected representatives about restarting plutonium-238 production!
I'm hereby posting a request that was sent earlier today to members of the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society by its chair, Candy Hansen.