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Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

NEO Surveyor is confirmed

After nearly two decades of consideration, NASA made a formal commitment to NEO Surveyor, an asteroid-hunting space telescope.

What the 2022 midterm elections mean for NASA

Republicans regain control of the House. The Senate remains under Democratic control. This divided governance could slow down the pace of space legislation, even for “must-pass” items like NASA's annual budget.

Why we have the SLS

The SLS rests on a secure foundation of political support, a consequence of the U.S. framework of representative democracy and discretionary funding.

Faith, Doubt, and Contact

Contact remains a unique movie due to its representation of science. It remains a great film due to the treatment of doubt and faith as a universal aspect of human existence.

Another Day in Action

115 members of The Planetary Society from 33 states met with 161 congressional offices to support space science and exploration in 2022.

Why we do the Day of Action

It's the most effective way to advocate for space. It also connects members of The Planetary Society with shared dreams for the future.

How much does the James Webb Space Telescope cost?

Find annual expenditures, charts, and comparisons for NASA's expenditures on the James Webb Space Telescope, including contributions from the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency over the same period.

Space Advocates, Assembled

The 2021 Day of Action brought together 145 Planetary Society members from 30 states with 167 congressional offices.

Congress Comes Through for NASA Science, But Not Artemis

Planetary Society priorities, including Mars Sample Return and the Roman Space Telescope, were funded by Congress in its NASA budget. But Project Artemis's human landing system received only a fraction of its requested amount, pushing a return to the Moon further into the 2020s.

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