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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.

NASA Announces the Suite of Science Instruments on its Next Mars Rover Today

Casey Dreier • July 31, 2014

Today marks the unveiling of the suite of science instruments that will travel to Mars to look for signs of past life and help determine samples to store for possible return to Earth. The next rover mission will launch in 2020.

NASA's Budget Stalls Out

Casey Dreier • July 29, 2014 • 1

Congress has all but given up its goal of passing a budget before the end of this fiscal year in September. Instead, we will likely see a temporary extension through the elections in November.

Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa

Casey Dreier • July 18, 2014 • 2

A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill.

The Senate's Flawed NASA Bill Hits a Bump in the Road

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2014 • 2

For the second day in a row, the Senate failed to vote on a bill that would fund NASA and other agencies in 2015. Without passage, no progress can be made addressing the flaws contained within.

[Updated] The Senate Proposes $17.9B for NASA, Matching the House's Increase

Casey Dreier • June 04, 2014 • 2

The Senate released early details about its budget for NASA in 2015. The top-line level, $17.9 billion, is an increase over the President's proposal and matches the level passed by the full House last week.

If You Propose to Take Money from NASA, We Notice

Casey Dreier • June 03, 2014 • 8

During the floor debate for the House's budget for NASA and other agencies, three members of Congress submitted amendments to shift money from NASA to other programs. We noticed.

Live in California or Maryland?

Casey Dreier • May 30, 2014 • 1

The Senate is about to release its draft NASA budget, and we need to ensure their support for planetary exploration.

The House Passes a $435 Million Increase to NASA's Budget

Casey Dreier • May 30, 2014 • 3

After a multi-day floor debate, the House of Representatives passed its Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill, which included a NASA budget $435 million above the President's 2015 request and an increase to planetary science.

The Planetary Society Supports NASA's Asteroid Initiative

Casey Dreier • May 27, 2014 • 22

The Planetary Society strongly supports NASA's asteroid initiative, including the goal of redirecting an asteroid to the vicinity of the Moon. But an independent cost estimate is needed, and needed soon.

No, Russia Did Not Just Kick the U.S. Out of the Space Station

Casey Dreier • May 20, 2014 • 8

A top Russian official announced a ban on Russian engines in U.S. military launches and questioned Russia's long-term commitment to the International Space Station. We cut through the hype and try to understand what was actually said and the immediate consequences facing NASA.

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