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Curiosity Rover Science Plan Slammed by NASA Review Panel
2014/09/03 01:55 CDT | 19 comments
Senior review recommends continuing all major planetary exploration missions, but not without some changes. More »
The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Planetary Exploration Funding
2014/08/29 02:06 CDT | 5 comments
NASA has explored the solar system since the 1960s, but it has rarely been the top priority for the space agency. Jason Callahan breaks down how planetary science has been funded over the years within NASA's larger budget. More »
Watch Bill Nye and Special Guests in The Lure of Europa
2014/08/04 09:21 CDT
We've posted the full video of our Washington, D.C. event exploring the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth. More »
[Updated]: NASA Selects 7 Science Instruments for its Next Mars Rover
2014/07/31 01:16 CDT | 12 comments
Seven science instruments will help the Mars 2020 rover identify biosignatures and understand the history of the rocks it encounters on the surface of the red planet. More »
NASA Announces the Suite of Science Instruments on its Next Mars Rover Today
2014/07/31 04:13 CDT
Today marks the unveiling of the suite of science instruments that will travel to Mars to look for signs of past life and help determine samples to store for possible return to Earth. The next rover mission will launch in 2020. More »
Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission
2014/06/30 06:01 CDT | 51 comments
Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars. More »
30,000 petition responses and counting...
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 $1.438 billion for 2015, just below our recommended level.