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NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • August 28, 2014

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year.

The Competition for Dollars

Jason Callahan • August 27, 2014

We all know NASA needs more money to achieve its goals. But competition for money is intense within the U.S. federal government, and two trends have made it harder for NASA to get what it needs.

The Senate's Flawed NASA Bill Hits a Bump in the Road

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2014

For the second day in a row, the Senate failed to vote on a bill that would fund NASA and other agencies in 2015. Without passage, no progress can be made addressing the flaws contained within.

The House Passes a $435 Million Increase to NASA's Budget

Casey Dreier • May 30, 2014

After a multi-day floor debate, the House of Representatives passed its Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill, which included a NASA budget $435 million above the President's 2015 request and an increase to planetary science.

No, Russia Did Not Just Kick the U.S. Out of the Space Station

Casey Dreier • May 20, 2014

A top Russian official announced a ban on Russian engines in U.S. military launches and questioned Russia's long-term commitment to the International Space Station. We cut through the hype and try to understand what was actually said and the immediate consequences facing NASA.

The House Proposes an Extra $435 million for NASA next year

Casey Dreier • May 03, 2014

Budget season is in full swing in Washington, D.C., and we're starting to see indications of how NASA will fare this year. I have to say, things are looking pretty promising.

The End of Opportunity and the Burden of Success

Casey Dreier • April 15, 2014

The Opportunity rover and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are both zeroed out in NASA's 2015 budget. Learn why these missions face the axe and why the White House is forcing NASA to choose between existing missions and starting new ones.

Your Europa Mission Primer of the Day

Casey Dreier • April 08, 2014

Trying to understand NASA's current efforts to explore Europa? Read this excellent piece on the recent, frustrating history to scout out this watery moon of Jupiter.

How Does NASA's Ban on Russian Contact Affect Curiosity?

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2014

Earlier this week, NASA announced that it was cutting off ties with Russia, except for activities relating to the ISS. This raised questions about Russian participation on NASA's science missions, particularly the Russian experiment on the Curiosity rover.

A Report from the First Hearing on the 2015 NASA Budget

Casey Dreier • March 27, 2014

An animated NASA Administrator defended the commercial crew program as the fastest way to return to American access to low-Earth orbit in a hearing before the House Space Subcommittee today.

The NASA Budget: What Next

Casey Dreier • March 26, 2014

Now that the White House has released its 2015 NASA budget proposal, what happens next? What can you do to help?

The 2015 Planetary Science Budget Situation - A Short Presentation

Casey Dreier • March 19, 2014

I gave a talk at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this year where I summarized the planetary budget situation. Here is that talk.

[Updated] To Europa!...Slowly. First Impressions of NASA's New Budget Request

Casey Dreier • March 07, 2014

Europa may get a mission...eventually. We give our first take on the 2015 NASA Budget request. How does Planetary Exploration fare? Which projects were cancelled? Will NASA capture an asteroid? And most importantly, what can you do about it?

What is NASA for?

Craig Hardgrove • February 12, 2014

Planetary scientist Craig Hardgrove takes a look at what NASA really does for humanity.

Slate's Misleading Hit Piece on the Future of NASA

Casey Dreier • February 06, 2014

A response to Slate's recent piece on the future of NASA, correcting many of its myths and misconceptions about how NASA works.

Mars 2020 Is No Redo

G. Scott Hubbard • January 28, 2014

The next major mission to Mars will push the technological envelope in way that preserves its budget and fulfills the scientific goals set by the planetary community for this decade.

Continued Victories for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • January 16, 2014

Pat yourself on the back. Planetary exploration will be more vibrant in 2014 thanks to you. More than fifty thousand messages were sent to Congress this year, and they listened, adding back a significant amount of money in the 2014 Omnibus spending bill.

NASA’s New Planetary Mission Woes

Van Kane • December 27, 2013

NASA’s planetary science program depends on regular missions to solar system bodies to gather data. A combination of budget cuts and previous commitments to develop missions currently in the pipeline means that development of follow on missions may slow to a crawl. Van Kane looks at the current situation and NASA’s plans and then look at options the agency may consider if budgets remain tight into the next decade.

A Protected Class of Programs at NASA?

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2013

The House Science Committee is considering giving a select few NASA programs special protected status against cancellation.

The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2013

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer.

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