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Why We're Writing the President (& Congress) Now
2013/12/06 01:37 CST | 6 comments

Decisions about both the 2014 and 2015 budgets are happening soon. More »

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
2013/12/05 06:15 CST | 17 comments

Bill Nye writes President Obama arguing that the President should embrace a bold future of planetary exploration. More »

What's Going on With Planetary Science Research?
2013/12/04 01:44 CST | 5 comments

Budget cuts mixed with a new way to fund science could disproportionately impact the next generation of planetary scientists. More »

Call Your Representatives, Save Our Science
2013/11/22 10:56 CST | 1 comment

I called one of my Senators earlier today. Before that I called my representative. It was pretty easy. More »

NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program
2013/11/15 04:06 CST | 32 comments

The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems. More »

Will We Lose Cassini’s "New" Mission at Saturn to Budget Cuts?
2013/11/12 06:26 CST | 5 comments

NASA’s shrinking budgets for planetary exploration may force it to decide between continued funding for the Saturn Cassini mission and the continued funding for its Mars missions. More »

We Need You to Stand Up for Planetary Exploration
2013/11/08 12:39 CST | 1 comment

Congress and the White House are making decisions that impact funding for NASA's Planetary Exploration missions. We need to tell them that YES we are paying attention and care about the future of exploration. More »

Power From the Isotopes
2013/10/29 01:21 CDT | 2 comments

We report on the current state of Plutonium-238 production in the United States, a crucial fuel source for planetary exploration spacecraft. More »

NASA's MAVEN Mission Spared from Shutdown
2013/10/03 04:40 CDT | 7 comments

Launch preparations will resume for NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch to Mars on November 18th. Work had previously been suspended, potentially causing the spacecraft to miss its once-every-26-month launch opportunity. More »

[Updated] A Government Shutdown Could Delay MAVEN's Launch to Mars
2013/09/30 05:17 CDT | 2 comments

NASA confirmed that a government shutdown could affect pre-launch processing of the MAVEN spacecraft, currently scheduled to launch to Mars on November 18th. More »

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