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What Does a 'Good' Budget for Planetary Science Look Like?
2016/02/08 05:31 CST | 1 comment

NASA's 2017 budget request comes out on Tuesday, here's how you can evaluate if the budget for the Planetary Science Division is good or not. It's not just about 2017, but the next five years. More »

Three Things to Look for in NASA’s Coming Budget Request
2016/02/04 02:27 CST

The 2017 budget season is almost here. Next week, the White House will release its budget request for NASA. Here are three things I will immediately look for upon its release. More »

[Updated] An Extraordinary Budget for NASA in 2016
2015/12/18 08:00 CST | 14 comments

Congress's plan to fund the U.S. government in 2016 includes a stellar $1.3 billion increase for NASA over last year, nearly $730 million above the President's request. More »

A New Budget Deal and a Best Case NASA Budget for 2016
2015/10/28 05:03 CDT | 1 comment

The promise of a congressional budget deal could free up additional resources for NASA. What would a best case scenario look like, and is it possible within the deal? More »

President Obama Highlights Planetary Science Triumphs
2015/10/19 07:12 CDT | 4 comments

At the White House Astronomy Night, President Obama highlighted some of the major triumphs of NASA and its planetary science program. Yet his 2016 budget calls for further cuts to the program. More »

Zero Dollars for 2016: Two Stalwart Planetary Missions Face a Troubling Future
2015/10/19 10:28 CDT | 7 comments

In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. More »

NASA announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study
2015/09/30 03:39 CDT | 21 comments

NASA announced the first-round selections for its next Discovery mission today. A total of five planetary mission concepts -- three targeted at asteroids, two at Venus -- will move to the next stage of the competition. More »

Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report
2015/09/29 04:08 CDT | 2 comments

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos. More »

A Free, Online Course Exploring the Science of Phobos and Deimos
2015/09/19 04:23 CDT | 3 comments

Impress your friends and wow your colleagues by learning all about Mars's moons. More »

[Updated] The United States of Space Advocates
2015/08/24 06:25 CDT | 5 comments

See which states have the highest number of space advocates writing Congress and the White House to support planetary exploration. 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 >>

Current Planetary Funding Level

Currently funded at $1.631 billion for 2016. Should this level continue to grow, the program will be on the path to recovery.

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