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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.

Why We're Writing the President (& Congress) Now

Casey Dreier • December 06, 2013 • 6

Decisions about both the 2014 and 2015 budgets are happening soon.

What's Going on With Planetary Science Research?

Casey Dreier • December 04, 2013 • 5

Budget cuts mixed with a new way to fund science could disproportionately impact the next generation of planetary scientists.

Don't Miss Voyager Head Scientist Ed Stone on the Colbert Report

Casey Dreier • December 04, 2013

Voyager Chief Scientist Ed Stone was the featured guest on the Colbert Report to celebrate the spacecraft's entry into interstellar space.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 7: The Backbone of Night

Casey Dreier • December 03, 2013 • 3

We return to the big idea of the series – that the universe can be known and we better ourselves in our efforts to understand it – in the best episode of Cosmos so far.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 6: Travellers' Tales

Casey Dreier • November 25, 2013 • 12

The Voyager mission may be the ultimate expression of our desire to explore, but why does that will exist in the first place? Why is it unique to humans?

NASA Just Cancelled its Advanced Spacecraft Power Program

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2013 • 32

The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Program (ASRG) was just cancelled by NASA. This was to be the saving grace for Plutonium-238 availability, as it was a much more efficient way to generate electricity than classic RTG systems.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 5: Blues for a Red Planet

Casey Dreier • November 12, 2013 • 12

Episode 5 focuses on Mars, the planet that has stubbornly refused to conform to the wishes of humanity for hundreds of years, from Lowell to Sagan. Grab your cosmo and join our discussion of 'Blues for a Red Planet.'

We Need You to Stand Up for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 08, 2013 • 1

Congress and the White House are making decisions that impact funding for NASA's Planetary Exploration missions. We need to tell them that YES we are paying attention and care about the future of exploration.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 4: Heaven & Hell

Casey Dreier • November 04, 2013 • 7

Humans face the consequences of our own knowledge about the cosmos in this latest episode recap and analysis of Carl Sagan's classic series.

Power From the Isotopes

Casey Dreier • October 29, 2013 • 2

We report on the current state of Plutonium-238 production in the United States, a crucial fuel source for planetary exploration spacecraft.

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