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.).
The 2015 Planetary Science Budget Situation - A Short Presentation
2014/03/19 12:09 CDT | 2 comments
I gave a talk at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this year where I summarized the planetary budget situation. Here is that talk. More »
Our Official Response to NASA's 2015 Budget Proposal
2014/03/14 02:06 CDT | 5 comments
The Planetary Society released its stance on the 2015 budget proposal for NASA today. We can't fully support it. More »
[Updated] To Europa!...Slowly. First Impressions of NASA's New Budget Request
2014/03/07 11:20 CST | 5 comments
Europa may get a mission...eventually. We give our first take on the 2015 NASA Budget request. How does Planetary Exploration fare? Which projects were cancelled? Will NASA capture an asteroid? And most importantly, what can you do about it? More »
The Planetary Society Congratulates Opportunity's Team for 10 Years on Mars
2014/01/24 12:23 CST
The Planetary Society released an official statement today recognizing the unprecedented achievement of maintaining an operating rover on the surface of Mars for a decade. More »
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 >>
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 >>
Current Planetary Funding Level
Currently funded at $1.345 billion for FY14, below minimum.