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Casey DreierMay 9, 2013

The Planetary Society Travels to Washington, D.C. Next Week

Ok, so it's been almost a month since NASA's 2014 budget was released. That's the one that doubled down on cuts to planetary exploration, cuts that will cause NASA to go "radio dark" in most areas of the solar system by the end of the decade.

So what are we doing?

Writing Congress

Well, many of you have received emails asking you to write Congress on behalf of Planetary Science. If we get funding restored, we get missions to Jupiter's moon, Europa, a rover to cache and prepare samples to return to the Earth, and a slew of exciting, smaller missions to all corners of the solar system.

Have you written yet? If not, click here to quickly write your representatives (or the President if you live outside the U.S.). It's ok, I'll wait.


Tell Your Friends

We need you to tell your friends to do the same thing, the sooner the better. Because the Planetary Society is going to Washington, D.C., next week, and the more letters we have coming in, the more our message to restore Planetary Science funding will resonate.

Traveling to Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the Society will hold a special luncheon in the Capitol building for congressional staff and legislators. We're bringing out the big guns for this. Special guests and speakers include Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bobak Ferdowsi (you know him) of JPL, and our own Planetary Evangelist Emily Lakdawalla and Jim Bell (head of the PANCAM camera on Opportunity). We'll also have special guest Ellen Stofan of the compelling yet ill-fated Titan boat mission. We're going to trumpet the exciting potential of planetary science to the rooftops.

Before and after, Bill Nye and other Society representatives will have face-to-face meetings with Senators, Congresspeople, and congressional staff to argue for the importance of continued investment in planetary exploration.

This is our first strategic follow-up to the letter writing campaign. We're building on the moment of almost 20,000 messages delivered to Congress in the last month arguing for continued investment in this unique program.

I'll have reports all next week in Washington.

Until then, tell your friends to #fundPlanetary and maybe even chip in a few bucks to help fund us.

Read more: FY2014 NASA Budget, Planetary Society Political Advocacy, Planetary Society, Bill Nye

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Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser for The Planetary Society
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