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NASA doesn’t just randomly decide what telescopes and satellites to shoot into space and what planet to study next. Instead, a committee of outside scientists drafts a set of goals and recommendations in what’s called a decadal survey. And though it notes some financial setbacks, a midterm review of the last decadal survey report says NASA has done a pretty good job hitting the goals set by the 2013-2022 Planetary Science survey.

But there’s work left to do, especially when it comes to bringing a sample of Martian dust to Earth.

"Science" might mean something crazy to you, like groundbreaking new treatments, wild new animals, explosions in space, or crazy chemistry. But at its core, science is nothing more than ruling out hypotheses based on evidence. A new debate is flaring about one of science's important concepts: How we decide what constitutes a positive result.

There's a formula to how you experience science: First, splashy press releases come out about a study, like ducklings being capable of abstract thought. News outlets write about said study (including some of the best science writers). Many of those writers will vet those studies with several scientists to ensure they are accurate. You will read the story, think "hmm!" and then live the remainder of your life thinking that ducks are "smart like apes."