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Casey Dreier's blogs from 2016

Congress Delays Action on NASA's 2017 Budget

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2016

Congress stands ready to punt on NASA's budget, meaning the space program will have to operate on a short budgetary leash until April of next year.

NASA Under Trump

Casey Dreier • November 18, 2016

NASA under a Trump Administration will be hard times for Earth Science, and human spaceflight to the Moon will likely get renewed focus. However, NASA won't go anywhere if massive cuts to spending are enacted as promised.

NatGeo's new MARS miniseries premieres tonight

Casey Dreier • November 14, 2016

The new six-part miniseries, MARS, premieres tonight on the National Geographic channel. Perhaps it can help influence the incoming administration to continue NASA's Journey to Mars.

SpaceX and the Blank Slate

Casey Dreier • September 28, 2016

SpaceX's plans to colonize Mars differ considerably from NASA's Journey to Mars ambitions. But direct comparison is difficult. SpaceX is able to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a bold new approach to humans in space. NASA has no such luxury, and must use existing pieces and people to make their goals a reality.

New Findings are Conclusive: Europa is crying out for exploration

Casey Dreier • September 26, 2016

New scientific findings add to the evidence that Europa is spouting its liquid ocean into space. NASA has a mission to Europa in the works, but it wouldn't launch for at least a decade. Congress can make it faster, but it all depends on whether they can pass a budget this year.

Promise, Transition, and Transformation

Casey Dreier • September 19, 2016

After 10 days, four NASA centers, two contractors, and hundreds of miles, Casey Dreier shares his initial reflections on the state of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and its future.

The House Makes its Counteroffer on NASA’s Budget

Casey Dreier • May 24, 2016

Commerce, Justice, and Science—the House of Representatives’ subcommittee that oversees NASA spending—just released details on how they would fund the space agency in 2017. Overall, the news for the space program is very good.

Lockheed Proposes to have Humans Orbiting Mars by 2028

Casey Dreier • May 19, 2016

Lockheed Martin proposed a system to send humans to orbit Mars in the year 2028—a concept that shares many core values with The Planetary Society's report, Humans Orbiting Mars, we released last year.

What NASA Can Learn from SpaceX

Casey Dreier • April 28, 2016

SpaceX's announcement that it will send Dragon capsules to Mars demonstrates the advantage of having a clear plan to explore the red planet. NASA should take note.

The Senate Just Proposed to Slash Planetary Science Funding

Casey Dreier • April 26, 2016

The Senate has released its draft of NASA's 2017 budget which, despite increasing NASA's top-line by $300 million, would cut $270 million from the Planetary Science Division. Here's why we shouldn't worry—yet.

Does Presidential Intervention Undermine Consensus for NASA?

Casey Dreier • April 13, 2016

Presidents induce polarization on topics they choose to promote. So is the best way for a President to promote consensus in NASA to speak quietly?

Data Dump: NASA's Planetary Science Program By the Numbers

Casey Dreier • February 16, 2016

We provide you the gritty budget breakdown by program and mission for NASA's Planetary Science Division.

First Details of the 2017 NASA Budget Request

Casey Dreier • February 09, 2016

There are few surprises in the Obama Administration's final budget proposal for NASA, though some progress is made in critical areas like science funding and NASA's overall funding.

What Does a 'Good' Budget for Planetary Science Look Like?

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2016

NASA's 2017 budget request comes out on Tuesday, here's how you can evaluate if the budget for the Planetary Science Division is good or not. It's not just about 2017, but the next five years.

Three Things to Look for in NASA’s Coming Budget Request

Casey Dreier • February 04, 2016

The 2017 budget season is almost here. Next week, the White House will release its budget request for NASA. Here are three things I will immediately look for upon its release.

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