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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.

Five Earth Years on Mars

Casey Dreier • August 05, 2017

Five (Earth) years ago today, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity landed in a dramatic fashion on the surface of the Red Planet. We look back at a mission that advanced humanity's understanding of Mars and provided a priceless return on a modest investment.

The Senate Makes Its Move: Nearly $200M less for NASA in 2018

Casey Dreier • July 28, 2017

The proposed $19.5 billion would be less than the agency received in 2017, and substantially less than that proposed by the House for the coming year.

Space Policy and Advocacy Quarterly Update - July 2017

Casey Dreier • July 11, 2017 • 1

The Space Policy and Advocacy team has released its first in a series of regular program updates on our activities, actions, and priorities in our effort to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

From Member to Member

Casey Dreier • July 10, 2017

When a Society member met with his member of Congress, he told us about it, and we followed up.

Announcing a New Paper on NASA's Mars Exploration Program

Casey Dreier • June 06, 2017 • 3

NASA’s robotic Mars Exploration Program is on a troubling path of decline—and decisions must be made now in order to stop it. A new report by the Society explains why.

Planetary Science Just Got Its Best Budget in Years

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2017 • 6

The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funding the U.S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. NASA got a boost to $19.65 billion, and its Planetary Science Division saw a budget increase to $1.846 billion—its best budget in more than ten years.

A Tribute to Nathan Bridges

Casey Dreier and Mark Hilverda • May 03, 2017 • 1

Last week, the planetary science community lost Nathan Bridges, a leading scientist whose work studied how wind sculpts the surface of Mars. Nathan was a prolific scientist involved in many Mars exploration missions, a charter member of The Planetary Society, a friend, husband, and father.

Here's our exhaustive guide to Trump's 392-word NASA budget

Casey Dreier • March 23, 2017 • 13

We break down every sentence from Trump's new NASA budget, so you don't have to.

Congress Delays Action on NASA's 2017 Budget

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2016 • 2

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 • 3

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.

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