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Finally: Some Good News for Planetary Science Budgets

By Keith Cowing
May 7, 2014
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Wow, an Increase of $170 million for Planetary Exploration, Planetary Society
“The House would provide NASA with $1.45 billion for Planetary Science, which is $170 million above the White House request and an increase of $105 million over last year. This gets us to within spitting distance of The Planetary Society’s recommended minimum of $1.5 billion per year for a healthy program, so we are quite pleased with this number!”
Rep. Adam Schiff – House Appropriations Bill Significantly Ups Planetary Science Funding
“I’m very pleased that the subcommittee has made such a strong investment in planetary science – one of the Crown Jewels of NASA’s portfolio. With this funding increase, we will be able to keep Mars 2020 on track and begin an exciting new mission to Europa, two of the science community’s highest priorities. We should also be able to continue the operation of craft that have exceeded their estimated lives but continue to produce valuable science.”

NASA Watch founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.