Political Advocacy - Save Our Science!
We are at a crucial turning point in planetary exploration.
After a decade of success with Cassini at Saturn, the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the take-your-breath-away excitement of the skycrane landing of Curiosity on Mars, NASA's planetary exploration program was rewarded with budget cuts that create devastating immediate and long-term consequences for NASA's ability to explore the Solar System.
The White House has proposed deep cuts to Planetary Science for 2014, even though similar cuts were soundly rejected by Congress last year.
Planetary Science is a division within NASA responsible for all robotic space exploration beyond the Earth and Sun. The most inspiring and scientifically important missions are impossible if these cuts go through, and merely maintaining support for current missions will be be difficult.
The Planetary Society maintains an active lobbying effort to support NASA's missions of exploration, but we need your help to make a difference.
The Save Our Science Action Center helps you learn about the issues, both immediate and long-term, connects you to your representatives in Congress and the President (if you live outside the U.S.) and lets you know the status of planetary science.
NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program
2013/11/15 04:06 CST | 32 comments
The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems. More »
Will We Lose Cassini’s "New" Mission at Saturn to Budget Cuts?
2013/11/12 06:26 CST | 4 comments
NASA’s shrinking budgets for planetary exploration may force it to decide between continued funding for the Saturn Cassini mission and the continued funding for its Mars missions. More »
Launch preparations will resume for NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch to Mars on November 18th. Work had previously been suspended, potentially causing the spacecraft to miss its once-every-26-month launch opportunity. More »
Current Planetary Funding Level
Currently funded at $1.271 billion for FY13, well below minimum.