SETI PLANETARY SOCIETY: Political Action Update: Mars 2001

Larry Klaes (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 14:58:23 -0400

>X-Sender: (Unverified) >X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.6 (32) >Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 10:06:53 -0700 >To: >From: The Planetary Society <> >Subject: PLANETARY SOCIETY: Political Action Update: Mars '01 >Sender: >Reply-To: > >Here is your update on Planetary Society activities and events. >For more information on this list, please see the instructions below. >Visit The Planetary Society at: > > >To: Planetary Society Members >>From Louis Friedman, Executive Director >Subj: Political Action Update > >The Planetary Society's campaign to counter the threat to cancel the Mars >Surveyor Project 2001 lander mission appears to have worked. We are told >that mission development will continue. > >However, Champollion, the comet lander known as Space Technology 4, is >still threatened - and the Society is very concerned that it may still be >canceled. This mission would provide an exciting first for space >exploration - landing on a comet nucleus using new technology that will >help prepare us for future outer planet missions and for Mars sample >return. Champollion has already been downsized once and is now proceeding >within budget and on schedule. > >Among the new technologies are new high-efficiency solar arrays, a new >multi-engine ion engine, precision guidance and landing (with hazard >avoidance), a new scanning laser sensor for rendezvous capability in deep >space and components that will help the development of the Europa orbiter. >Champollion will sample the comet surface and subsurface. > >The threat to cancel missions is not being made because NASA is against >planetary exploration. Nothing could be further from the truth. NASA is >itself under enormous budget pressures. For the last eight years the >Agency has had its budget cut, each and every year. These cuts have ended >all resilience to deal with unanticipated problems: the shuttle-Hubble >repair mission or cost overruns in the Chandra Advanced X-Ray Astrophysical >Facility or the Gravity Probe B. These problems have busted the budget. > >The situation is described in a letter we sent to all members of The >Planetary Society just last week - which I hope you will take time to read. > An update providing additional details on the course of NASA budget >legislation is contained on our web site at: > > > >If you are concerned about the future of planetary exploration we urge you >to write the Congressional leaders listed below, and your own Congressional >representatives. Use our web forms at: > > > >Or you can copy the sample letter provided here or write one in your own >words saying that there should be no more budget cuts for NASA, that NASA >should be funded at the same level in 2000 as it was in 1999; and there >should be no cancellation of any planetary exploration missions now in >development, including Champollion. > >====================================== >Dear [NAME OF REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR], > >As a member of The Planetary Society I am devoted to the exploration of the >solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life. I am concerned about >the threat to cancel planetary missions, like Champollion, the exciting >comet lander planned for launch in 2003. We urge you to vote against any >more budget cutting to NASA - they have been cut for the last eight years >in a row. The funding for 2000 should be the same as in 1999. We ask you >to intervene against a cancellation of Champollion. > >Thank you for your consideration, > > >Sincerely > >YOUR NAME >ADDRESS > >====================================== >Mail to: > >Senator William Frist: >Senator Jay Rockefeller: >Rep. James Sensenbrenner: >Rep. George Brown: >Vice President Al Gore: > >====================================== >To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send an email message to >, leave the subject blank, and type only >"unsubscribe" (no quotes) in the body of the message. > >Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded the Society in >1979 to advance the exploration of the solar system and to continue >the search for extraterrestrial life. With 100,000 members in over 140 >countries, the Society is the largest space interest group in the world. > >Copyright 1999 The Planetary Society. All Rights Reserved. > > >

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