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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.

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

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/07/23 02:18 CDT | 15 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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Here Are the Science Instruments NASA Will Use to Explore Europa

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/26 01:01 CDT | 8 comments

NASA just announced the science instruments that will be used to understand the enigmatic ocean moon of Europa. The mission is planned to launch sometime in the early 2020s.

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[Updated] House NASA Funding Bill Proposes a Fantastic Budget for Planetary Science

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/19 03:25 CDT | 8 comments

The House Appropriations Committee released their vision for NASA's 2016 budget this week, which includes significant increases for the SLS and Planetary Science, but cuts Commercial Crew and Earth Science funds.

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How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/05 12:36 CDT | 5 comments

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

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[Updated] Good Planetary Support in A Flawed NASA Bill

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/02 07:45 CDT | 15 comments

Casey Dreier gives a brief summary of the House draft bill released the other day that would authorize NASA funding for the years 2016 and 2017.

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The study team at JPL Will Present their Mars Program Concept at the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/04/17 05:37 CDT

A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal.

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A New Path to Mars?

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/04/02 06:04 CDT | 39 comments

A new advocacy initiative for the Society: let's get humans to Mars.

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