Only You Can Prevent Sad Spacecraft
Well, you and Congress, that is. This lonely video comes form Rachel Porter and Genevieve Jones, and it’s a reminder that NASA’s planetary science efforts are in peril.
Proposed changes to how Congress funds planetary science threaten to delay, prematurely terminate or outright cancel planetary science missions. Sure, with SpaceX launching private missions and China and India entering the planetary science game, they future of this research won’t look like the past. But we can’t rely only on industry or allies to do the work that needs to be done. NASA is, and always will be, a crucial part of high-risk/high-reward space science.
The Planetary Society has put up a page where you can pen a letter to Congress urging them to keep supporting basic science on a planetary scale.