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.
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 comments
Brand new information about the effects of the across-the-board cuts known as Sequestration, if they were to be enacted. More »
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 »
Advocacy Update: The Society Traveled to Washington
2013/01/25 02:16 CST | 3 comments
The Planetary Society makes another visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for Planetary Science funding at NASA. More »
Where We Stand: The year in advocacy and what's ahead for 2013
2012/12/16 05:43 CST | 12 comments
We've had a very busy year defending funding for NASA's Planetary Science division. More »
Current Planetary Funding Level
Currently funded at $1.271 billion for FY13, well below minimum.