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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 seriously impair NASA's ability to explore the Solar System.

The White House proposed deep cuts to Planetary Science in 2013 and 2014. But due to overwhelming public support, Congress rejected the full cuts each time.

Now, for the third year in a row, the White House has proposed to cut Planetary Science. A mission to Europa seems possible, but NASA has not yet committed. We need to make this vision a reality. Take a minute and send your representatives a message (or write the President if you're outside the U.S.).

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Ask Rep. Adam Schiff About Planetary Science
2013/03/05 06:53 CST

Rep. Adam Schiff is holding an online town hall on Wednesday, March 6th at 2:30pm PST. If you live in his district, it is a great time to ask about the status of Planetary Science funding on Twitter or his Facebook page. More »

Proposed House Budget Increases NASA Funding for SLS and Commercial Crew, Leaves Science Untouched
2013/03/04 07:54 CST

The U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their new funding bill for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, which funds NASA at 2012 levels with the exception of its SLS and Commercial Crew programs. More »

The Sequester Will Cut NASA Science by an Additional $52 million
2013/02/14 04:06 CST | 3 comment

Brand new information about the effects of the across-the-board cuts known as Sequestration, if they were to be enacted. More »

Washington Update
2013/02/11 04:12 CST | 2 comment

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke to the House Science committee about the importance of space and scientific research. Bill Nye also visited with Congressman Culberson and Congressman Wolf's chief of staffabout supporting NASA's Planetary Science Program. More »

Tell Us How Planetary Science Is Cheap, Be Entered to Win
2013/02/06 07:03 CST

Submit an entry comparing the cost of Planetary Science at NASA to...anything. You'll be entered to win a prize. Exploring the solar system costs less than many people think, let's give everyone food for thought. More »

Sequestration and Planetary Exploration (updated)
2013/02/05 07:01 CST | 2 comment

The latest news in the United States is that a poison pill known as the Sequester is looking increasingly likely. If it happens, it will be a body blow to NASA’s planetary science program. More »

A New Statement on NASA's 2020 Rover Mission
2013/01/29 06:15 CST | 3 comment

The Planetary Society remains committed to a balanced program of solar system exploration, with Mars, outer planets, and small missions all playing an important part. More »

Advocacy Update: The Society Traveled to Washington
2013/01/25 02:16 CST | 3 comment

The Planetary Society makes another visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for Planetary Science funding at NASA. More »

Sequestration Averted for Now
2013/01/02 12:28 CST

The fiscal cliff deal delays implementation of the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester for two months. More »

Tiptoeing Towards the Edge
2012/12/27 04:09 CST | 1 comment

NASA's Planetary Science Division looks to lose about $100 million in addition to the deep cuts already proposed for 2013. More »

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Official Response to the 2015 NASA Budget Proposal

The Planetary Society cannot fully support this budget. While there are some positive aspects, the request imposes unacceptable cuts to the Science Mission Directorate that damage the immediate and long-term health of some of NASA's most successful programs, particularly planetary exploration. If this budget is passed unchanged, there will be fewer planetary missions in development by 2019 than at any point in the past few decades. Read the Full Statement >>

 

Continued Cuts for Planetary Science

See the sorry trend of cuts pursued by the White House since 2013, which have reduced the number of missions to explore the solar system. View the Chart >>

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