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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.

What We're Doing About NASA's Planetary Science Budget Cut

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/16 05:43 CDT | 5 comments

All cylinders are firing here in the Society as we rev up a big response for the White House's NASA budget that proposes another $200 million cut to Planetary Science.

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NASA's Planetary Doublespeak

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/11 06:22 CDT | 3 comments

NASA went on an unusual tweet-binge praising planetary science today, saying that the struggling division "thrives" and highlighting various missions mainly developed in better times. NASA made five tweets in a row about planetary science over the course of two hours.

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2014 NASA Budget Cuts $200 million from Planetary Science -- Again

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/10 12:00 CDT | 1 comments

NASA's new budget doubles down on cuts to Planetary Science, despite Congress rejecting a similar proposal last year.

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More Evidence for a Habitable Mars from EGU 2013

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/08 06:36 CDT | 3 comments

NASA's Curiosity rover has acquired further evidence that Mars's atmosphere was once dense enough to support liquid water on the surface.

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Will the Sequester Take an Outsized Bite from Planetary Science at NASA?

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/06 09:11 CDT | 2 comments

Despite a $223 million boost from Congress this year, NASA's Planetary Science Division may not be allowed to use that money so NASA can prevent cuts in other programs.

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Covering the European Geosciences Conference in Vienna

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/04 05:50 CDT | 3 comments

Live in Vienna? Attending EGU? I'll be covering the conference next week for the Society.

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What To Watch For In The 2014 Budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/03 06:34 CDT | 3 comments

Here are the big items to watch for when the White House proposes its 2014 budget on April 10th.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Programming in the Sciences

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/04/03 02:30 CDT

Thursday, Apr 4th at noon PDT/1900 UTC we continue our weekly Live Hangouts. Join us this week with Chase Million, founder of Million Concepts, a company devoted to providing high-quality code to scientists.

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What's Going On with NASA Education and Public Outreach?

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/03/28 12:18 CDT | 3 comments

Sequestration claims its next victim at NASA, as all Education and Public Outreach activities are suspended until further review.

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[Updated] Senate Bill Restores $223 million to NASA's Planetary Science Division

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/03/27 05:15 CDT | 4 comments

The President signed the Senate's bill to fund the government for the remainder of 2013, and it includes some positive news for NASA's Planetary Science division, which is facing a 21% cut.

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