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Is the Opportunity Rover a Mission 'Whose Time Has Passed'?
2015/03/15 08:56 CDT | 11 comments
The NASA Administrator declared that the Opportunity rover is a mission 'whose time has passed' and will be defunded next year. Will Congress act to save it? More »
A First Time for Everything: Blitzing Congress for Space
2015/03/06 03:53 CST | 1 comment
There is a first time for everything. Riding a bike, stargazing, and yes, even lobbying Congress. Jack Kiraly describes his first Legislative Blitz with Michael Briganti and Casey Dreier on Capitol Hill last week. More »
The Space Exploration Alliance wrapped up its most recent 'legislative blitz' last week. Nearly 70 individuals participated in the democratic process, speaking to nearly 168 difference offices in Congress. Nearly half of those individuals were Planetary Society members. More »
2016 Budget: Great Policy Document and Much Better Budget Plan
2015/02/05 07:25 CST | 12 comments
Van Kane gives a summary of the 53-page proposed Fiscal Year 2016 NASA Planetary Science budget. More »
NASA Budget Lists Timelines, Costs and Risks for First SLS Flight
2015/02/03 10:45 CST | 2 comments
NASA will set the Space Launch System's inaugural flight date at the end of this year, according to the agency's 2016 budget request, which was released on Monday. More »
It takes a year to make, and is the starting point for all coming debate by Congress. It's the President's Budget Request, and understanding how it comes together is an important part of being an effective space advocate. More »
Beginning in 2013, the White House has pursued cuts to NASA's Planetary Science Division which have reduced the number of new missions to explore the solar system. View the Chart >>
Current Planetary Funding Level
Currently funded at $1.631 billion for 2016. Should this level continue to grow, the program will be on the path to recovery.