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Casey DreierApril 23, 2013

[updated] Tweet #fundPlanetary Today and Spread the Word to Help Save Planetary Exploration

On Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th, the House and Senate will hold hearings on NASA's FY14 budget request. This is an excellent time to contact Congress in support of Planetary Science since the issue will be on their minds (especially for those on the relevant committees). The Society has also submitted official testimony in defense of Planetary Science.

As a reminder: Planetary Science faces an effective $268 million cut this year. Congress rejected similar cuts last year.

We're trying to build some momentum around this, so use hashtag #fundPlanetary and help spread the news about the cuts to planetary science, and help people reach out to their representatives in support of NASA's great program of solar system exploration. We've lined up some people with large followings to help out, but we'll need everyone to spread the word.

NEW: Want to Tweet directly at key people in Congress involved in this week's hearings? See the list here.

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— Jason Davis (@jasonrdavis) April 23, 2013

Why #fundPlanetary at @nasa? When we learn something new about another world, we can better understand our home planet. @chuckschumer

— therealtglotch (@therealtglotch) April 23, 2013

Why #fundPlanetary? B/c 5 yr old sitting next to me on plane on Sat *recognized* and was *EXCITED* by the @nasa sticker on my laptop

— Sarah Horst (@PlanetDr) April 23, 2013

Pls RT: Important #2014Budget hearings tomrrow in Wash, DC. Tell your Congressperson to #fundPlanetary #NASA

— NASA Hack Space (@nasahackspace) April 23, 2013

Pls sign & RT. MT @nasawatch: Important #2014Budget hearings tmrrw. Tell your Congressperson to #fundPlanetary @nasa

— The SETI Institute (@SETIInstitute) April 23, 2013

Why do we want to #fundPlanetary at NASA? Pictures like this. Write Congress……

— Seeded Planet (@SeededPlanet) April 23, 2013

Why #fundPlanetary at NASA? Because it has turned robots like @marscuriosity into heroes inspiring everyone to dare mighty things.

— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) April 23, 2013

I just told my Congressperson to #fundPlanetary at @nasa. So should you. Please sign and RT:… via @exploreplanets

— Kevin Faircloth (@KevinFaircloth1) April 23, 2013

I just contacted my representatives asking them to fund planetary science. Because Europa is getting really, really lonely. #fundPlanetary

— CJ Dugan (@CeeJayDugan) April 23, 2013

To @nasa & @lori_garver: #fundPlanetary and support 1000s of skilled scientists and engineers. What great discovery are we going to miss?

— David Choi (@_davidchoi) April 23, 2013

US Planetary Science is under attack. Please write Congress to ask for their continued help.#fundPlanetary…

— Andy Rivkin (@asrivkin) April 23, 2013

Haven't written yet? Fix that! Click here to write Congress, or, if you live outside the U.S., click here to write President Barack Obama.

Read more: FY2014 NASA Budget, Planetary Society Political Advocacy

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