NASA's 2013 budget is slashing planetary science by $300 million dollars. This is the money that we use to send space probes to other planets, and ultimately, the money we'd use to get human to Mars and beyond. The planetary science community response? A nationwide car wash and bake sale. Really.
The idea behind the National Planetary Exploration Car Wash and Bake Sale (I don't think I'll ever get tired of quoting that) is to help make congress aware that they're currently in the process of totally screwing over funding for planetary science and exploration. To do this, groups of questionably sexy planetary scientists all over the country will (presumably) put on skimpy swim suits and try not to frighten people away from getting their cars washed. Meantime, they'll be handing out information on the planetary science budget crisis.
If getting your car washed by a bunch of space geeks isn't your kind of party, I can't say I entirely blame you, but there's no way you can seriously turn down some tasty baked goods, is there? Expect to find high quality Moon pies, Mars-ipan, cometary ice cream, Jupiter jelly, Saturn-flavored bundt cake, Neptune nut nuggets, something seriously deep-fried that we can pretend comes from Mercury, and nothing at all Pluto-themed.
All of the proceeds from these events will be sent to House and Senate Appropriations, along with letters politely asking them to stop being doofuses and start putting money back towards planetary science research. The national event is scheduled for June 9, and you can keep up to date with locations near you through the event Facebook page or at the link below.