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

"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.

You Can Hear Neil Tyson Testify

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extraordinaire and Planetary Society Board Member, will be testifying to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation tomorrow, March 7.

Stephen Hawking's Curios? UPDATE

The Cosmos Award for Public Presentation of Science -- at least the blown-glass Saturn trophy given to Stephen Hawking by The Planetary Society -- continues to appear around the Internet.

Stephen Hawking's Curios

Catching up on my blog reading today, I turned to

NASA, NOAA Spared Further Cuts for Now

On December 16, 2011, the U.S. Senate voted down the House of Representatives bill that would have sliced an additional 1.83 percent from discretionary spending accounts, including NASA and NOAA.

NASA Changes Approach to Send Astronauts Back to Orbit

NASA had planned to release next Monday an RFP (Request for Proposals) in its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. However, due to a funding shortfall, the agency will instead continue to use Space Act Agreements to contract for the development.

NASA and NOAA Hit Again by Across-the-Board Budget Cuts

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed appropriations bills that will provide $8.1 billion disaster aid for this year's

NASA's Budget for 2012 Is Set--Worry About 2013 Budget Begins

It's done. The U.S. President has signed the Appropriations bill for NASA's fiscal year 2012 budget. The fight on the FY12 budget is over.

Planetary Society statement entered into testimony for House hearing on future of planetary science

Today, The Planetary Society entered the following statement into testimony for the hearing

NASA On Verge of Getting a Budget -- Congress Will Vote This Week

Here's a quick wrap-up of the

U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Next Week; Show Up to Show Your Support for Space Exploration

If want to demonstrate your support for planetary exploration -- and you're planning to be in the Washington, D.C. area next Tuesday, November 15, 2011 -- please consider adding your presence to the congressional hearing on

While the U.S. Stalls, Europe Moves On to Mars

The European Space Agency (ESA) seems to have gotten tired of waiting for NASA to commit to its share of the joint 2016/2018 Mars missions that were planned to lay the groundwork for an eventual delivery of samples of Mars to Earth.

Mars Missions Supported, Planetary Voices Heard

It looks like we rattled a few cages in Washington, D.C. this week. White House staffers in the Office of Science and Technology Policy returned from their holiday weekend to find more than 1500 messages from Planetary Society Members waiting for them.

Mars Exploration Endangered by Bureaucratic (In)Action

The road to Mars just seems to get longer and harder every day. The Planetary Society has just asked its Members to contact the White House and ask John Holdren, the President's Science Advisor, to make sure that NASA and ESA are allowed to work together on the 2016 and 2018 missions to Mars.

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!

August Means Summer Recess for Congress But Let's Keep Up the Pressure for Space

Is this the time to forget about political action? No! It's time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) and write to your local newspaper proclaiming your support for space exploration.

Planetary Society Statement on the Pioneer Anomaly

Planetary Society Members have been supporting Slava Turyshev and his colleagues in their scientific quest to solve the famous Pioneer Anomaly. They have just published a peer-reviewed paper that reports on what may be the last step toward the solution.

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.

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