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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 »

Closing out the ASRG program
2014/01/23 02:04 CST

Lockheed, the prime contract on the now-defunct Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator program, is closing out the project and transferring its hardware to NASA's Glenn Research Center. NASA expects to save about $55 million per year. More »

[Updated] Let's Blitz Congress!
2014/01/17 04:08 CST | 7 comments

The Space Exploration Alliance is descending on the halls of Congress to advocate for space exploration. Join me and others on Feb 23rd - 25th in Washington, D.C. and speak up for space. More »

Continued Victories for Planetary Exploration
2014/01/16 07:33 CST | 5 comments

Pat yourself on the back. Planetary exploration will be more vibrant in 2014 thanks to you. More than fifty thousand messages were sent to Congress this year, and they listened, adding back a significant amount of money in the 2014 Omnibus spending bill. More »

Congress to NASA: Don't You Dare Steal Money Away from Planetary Science Again
2014/01/14 04:52 CST | 1 comment

Congress scolded NASA for abusing its operating plan to remove money from Planetary Science last year, giving them a warning to not try that again. More »

Europa: No Longer a "Should," But a "Must"
2013/12/12 07:51 CST | 10 comments

We've waited long enough, Europa cries out for exploration and discovery. It's time to heed that cry. More »

Top NASA Scientists Grapple with Budget Cuts
2013/12/10 05:52 CST | 3 comments

Ellen Stofan, NASA's Chief Scientist, and John Grunsfeld, the head of the Science Mission Directorate and a Hubble repair astronaut, highlighted recent NASA science discoveries at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco. More »

Planetary Radio: Comet ISON, Rest in Pieces
2013/12/10 12:02 CST | 1 comment

Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is our guest on this week's show. He explains how ISON really did become the comet of the century for scientists. More »

A Protected Class of Programs at NASA?
2013/12/10 04:20 CST | 8 comments

The House Science Committee is considering giving a select few NASA programs special protected status against cancellation. More »

The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart
2013/12/09 02:18 CST | 12 comments

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer. More »

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Cuts to Planetary Science

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 >>

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