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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.

Your Europa Mission Primer of the Day

Casey Dreier • April 08, 2014 • 1

Trying to understand NASA's current efforts to explore Europa? Read this excellent piece on the recent, frustrating history to scout out this watery moon of Jupiter.

NASA's LADEE Spacecraft to Fly Through an Eclipse, Crash into the Lunar Surface on April 21st

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2014 • 1

LADEE, NASA's latest robotic lunar spacecraft, will reach its planned end-of-mission on April 21st, when it will crash on the far side of the Moon.

How Does NASA's Ban on Russian Contact Affect Curiosity?

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2014 • 4

Earlier this week, NASA announced that it was cutting off ties with Russia, except for activities relating to the ISS. This raised questions about Russian participation on NASA's science missions, particularly the Russian experiment on the Curiosity rover.

A Report from the First Hearing on the 2015 NASA Budget

Casey Dreier • March 27, 2014 • 4

An animated NASA Administrator defended the commercial crew program as the fastest way to return to American access to low-Earth orbit in a hearing before the House Space Subcommittee today.

The NASA Budget: What Next

Casey Dreier • March 26, 2014 • 5

Now that the White House has released its 2015 NASA budget proposal, what happens next? What can you do to help?

The 2015 Planetary Science Budget Situation - A Short Presentation

Casey Dreier • March 19, 2014 • 2

I gave a talk at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this year where I summarized the planetary budget situation. Here is that talk.

Our Official Response to NASA's 2015 Budget Proposal

Casey Dreier • March 14, 2014 • 5

The Planetary Society released its stance on the 2015 budget proposal for NASA today. We can't fully support it.

[Updated] To Europa!...Slowly. First Impressions of NASA's New Budget Request

Casey Dreier • March 07, 2014 • 5

Europa may get a mission...eventually. We give our first take on the 2015 NASA Budget request. How does Planetary Exploration fare? Which projects were cancelled? Will NASA capture an asteroid? And most importantly, what can you do about it?

NASA Wants to Explore Europa On the Cheap

Casey Dreier • March 05, 2014 • 11

NASA announced today that their Europa mission concept studies will be for a sub-$1 billion spacecraft, a lower level than previously imagined for a mission to this watery moon.

Pounding the Pavement in Congress, Together

Casey Dreier • March 01, 2014 • 1

A coalition of grassroots pro-space advocates descended on Washington, D.C. this week, and held over 100 meetings with representatives and staff throughout Congress to argue for increased investment in NASA.

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