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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.

First Details of the 2017 NASA Budget Request

Casey Dreier • February 09, 2016 • 2

There are few surprises in the Obama Administration's final budget proposal for NASA, though some progress is made in critical areas like science funding and NASA's overall funding.

What Does a 'Good' Budget for Planetary Science Look Like?

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2016 • 1

NASA's 2017 budget request comes out on Tuesday, here's how you can evaluate if the budget for the Planetary Science Division is good or not. It's not just about 2017, but the next five years.

Three Things to Look for in NASA’s Coming Budget Request

Casey Dreier • February 04, 2016

The 2017 budget season is almost here. Next week, the White House will release its budget request for NASA. Here are three things I will immediately look for upon its release.

NASA's Next Mars Mission Delayed for Two Years

Casey Dreier • December 22, 2015 • 1

A problem with the French space agency's seismometer instrument will delay NASA's InSight Mars lander by two years.

[Updated] An Extraordinary Budget for NASA in 2016

Casey Dreier • December 18, 2015 • 14

Congress's plan to fund the U.S. government in 2016 includes a stellar $1.3 billion increase for NASA over last year, nearly $730 million above the President's request.

A New Budget Deal and a Best Case NASA Budget for 2016

Casey Dreier • October 28, 2015 • 1

The promise of a congressional budget deal could free up additional resources for NASA. What would a best case scenario look like, and is it possible within the deal?

President Obama Highlights Planetary Science Triumphs

Casey Dreier • October 19, 2015 • 4

At the White House Astronomy Night, President Obama highlighted some of the major triumphs of NASA and its planetary science program. Yet his 2016 budget calls for further cuts to the program.

Zero Dollars for 2016: Two Stalwart Planetary Missions Face a Troubling Future

Casey Dreier • October 19, 2015 • 7

In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study

Casey Dreier and Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2015 • 21

NASA announced the first-round selections for its next Discovery mission today. A total of five planetary mission concepts -- three targeted at asteroids, two at Venus -- will move to the next stage of the competition.

Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2015 • 2

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

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