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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.

National Academies: NASA needs a plan for Mars

Casey Dreier • August 16, 2018 • 5

Though progress is being made on Mars Sample Return, a new report from the National Academies recommends NASA have a long-term plan for robotic Mars exploration, and work to ensure communications infrastructure is maintained at the Red Planet. These recommendations largely align with those made by The Planetary Society in a report released in 2017.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - July 2018

Casey Dreier • August 13, 2018

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.

It's midterm evaluation time for NASA's planetary program

Casey Dreier • August 08, 2018 • 2

A new report assesses how NASA’s Planetary Science Division has implemented (or not) the top recommendations of the scientific community for the exploration of the solar system.

NASA's 2019 Budget Takes Shape

Casey Dreier • June 15, 2018 • 2

The Senate and House have now released details of how they would fund NASA in 2019. Check out the good, bad, and ugly in these proposals and learn what happens next.

NASA is beloved—the Moon not so much

Casey Dreier • June 06, 2018 • 1

A new poll shows broad support for space exploration in the United States. But sending astronauts to the Moon ranks as the lowest priority among the public.

An 'Exploration Exhibition' to launch the new Planetary Science Caucus

Casey Dreier • May 14, 2018

We helped launch the new Planetary Science Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., with an exploration exhibition to highlight the range of academic, scientific, and industry partners engaging in planetary exploration. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and its Board of Directors were there to welcome members of Congress and hundreds of staff and policy experts.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - April 2018

Casey Dreier • April 27, 2018 • 1

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.

Introducing Space Advocacy 101

Casey Dreier • April 25, 2018

Space Advocacy 101 is a new (and free!) online course to help space fans become empowered space advocates.

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.

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