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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. Space exploration is for all of us, but only by understanding the politics of space can we make it happen.

JWST heads once more unto the breach, dear friends

Casey Dreier • March 27, 2018 • 6

The James Webb Space Telescope will miss its target launch date and cost more money than expected, NASA announced.

NASA wins big in 2018 budget deal

Casey Dreier • March 22, 2018 • 10

With the passage of the 2018 spending bill, NASA just got its best budget since 2009. Europa, Earth Science, and a new Mobile Launcher are winners in the $20.7 billion just approved for the space program.

An Interplanetary Mateship: The Planetary Society Continues our Australian Initiative

Casey Dreier • February 19, 2018 • 1

Thanks to recent investments by our members in The Planetary Society’s Space Policy & Advocacy program, we now have the resources to institute a strategic effort to support the exploration of space in an international context.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018 • 8

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

Announcing the Planetary Science Congressional Caucus

Casey Dreier • February 05, 2018 • 1

I'm excited to share with you a major step forward for the support of space exploration in the U.S. Congress: the formation of a new caucus devoted to planetary science and exploration.

Bill Nye and the State of a Polarized Union

Casey Dreier • January 30, 2018 • 19

Last week, The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye accepted an invitation by NASA Administrator nominee Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to join him as his guest at the State of the Union address. We anticipated this would be a controversial decision, and we were right.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - January 2018

Casey Dreier • January 19, 2018

As a service to our members and to promote transparency, The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye to Attend the State of the Union Address

Casey Dreier • January 18, 2018

When a congressman and current nominee for NASA Administrator asks you to be his guest at the state of the union address in Washington, D.C., how do you respond? For us, the answer was easy. Yes, Bill would be there.

What changed with space directive #1?

Casey Dreier • December 30, 2017 • 4

President Trump signed Space Directive #1, formally implementing as policy what Vice President Pence had announced at the first meeting of the National Space Council in October: that NASA will focus its human spaceflight efforts on a return to the Moon, and then onto Mars. What really changed?

Congress rejects graduate student tax

Casey Dreier • December 14, 2017 • 2

The Planetary Society was proud to join dozens of other scientific organizations in standing against this unnecessary and detrimental tax increase on the future scientific workforce of the United States.

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