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Casey's Blog

The Politics of Space

with Casey Dreier

Space exploration doesn't just happen—it is made through the decisions of government, budgets, policy documents, and by individuals and industries. It reflects the needs and realities of politics, and understanding how, where, and why these decisions get made are crucial to influencing them. Space exploration is for all of us, and unless all of us know the process, it will inevitably be driven by the very few. Casey Dreier, The Planetary Society's Director of Advocacy, writes this blog.

NASA announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study

Posted by Casey Dreier and Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/09/30 03:39 CDT | 20 comments

NASA announced the first-round selections for its next Discovery mission today. A total of five planetary mission concepts -- three targeted at asteroids, two at Venus -- will move to the next stage of the competition.

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Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/09/29 04:08 CDT | 1 comment

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

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A Free, Online Course Exploring the Science of Phobos and Deimos

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/09/19 04:23 CDT | 3 comments

Impress your friends and wow your colleagues by learning all about Mars's moons.

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CubeSats to the Moon

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/09/02 10:52 CDT | 1 comment

Casey interviews Dr. Craig Hardgrove about his lunar CubeSat, how it came together, and how NASA’s support for small missions are important for early career scientists like himself.

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[Updated] The United States of Space Advocates

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/08/24 06:25 CDT | 5 comments

See which states have the highest number of space advocates writing Congress and the White House to support planetary exploration.

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An August Moment to Check in on NASA’s Budget and Future

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/08/20 06:42 CDT | 1 comment

It’s August. Congress is out of session. Things are quiet. It’s as good a time as any to check in on several issues we’ve been following here at the Society, particularly with NASA’s budget prospects for the year and the future of human spaceflight policy.

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A New Way to Prepare Samples of Mars for Return to the Earth

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/07/23 02:18 CDT | 16 comments

Mars 2020, NASA’s next and yet-to-be-named Mars rover, will be the first mission to collect and prepare samples of the martian surface for return to Earth. The rover's engineering team has proposed a new sampling caching strategy that differs from previous concepts in some interesting ways.

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New Horizons is a Triumph for Space Advocates

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/07/07 03:40 CDT | 5 comments

New Horizons—what will be NASA’s greatest success of 2015—was cancelled multiple times in its early life, and many times before that in its previous incarnations. A mission to Pluto was not inevitable, despite the overwhelming scientific and public excitement.

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[Upated] House of Representatives Voting on NASA's 2016 Budget Today

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/06/02 01:11 CDT | 1 comment

NASA's 2016 budget is up for a major vote in the House of Representatives today, but it's just a step on the long road to a final budget in the fall.

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Why We Don't Know When the Europa Mission Will Launch

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/27 01:32 CDT | 12 comments

NASA has been vague about when the new mission to Europa will launch. There's a reason for that, and it's not just orbital mechanics.

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