The Planetary Society just returned from a major political advocacy trip out to D.C. what did we do and what did we achieve? What's going on with the current funding situation regarding Planetary Science and NASA at large? How does the asteroid retrieval mission help or hurt planetary exploration goals? What's the larger plan and what are the consequences if cuts continue?
Casey Dreier will answer all of these questions and more, as well as take questions from the viewing audience on the Planetary Society's strategy and future of NASA's space capabilities in the current budget situation.
Emily Lakdawalla was there in D.C. and spoke to a room full of congressional staffers about the importance of planetary exploration. She'll be joining us to discuss her view of the trip and talk about her upcoming speaking engagements.
Please note the later time of the Hangout today, I'm at JPL this morning to cover the NASA Administrator's visit.
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Planetary Society Capitol Hill Luncheon
The Planetary Society's Capitol Hill luncheon to educate congressional staff and representatives about Planetary Science at NASA. From left to right: Emily Lakdawalla, Jim Bell, Ellen Stofan, Bobak Ferdowsi.