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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.

What NASA Can Learn from SpaceX

Casey Dreier • April 28, 2016 • 23

SpaceX's announcement that it will send Dragon capsules to Mars demonstrates the advantage of having a clear plan to explore the red planet. NASA should take note.

The Senate Just Proposed to Slash Planetary Science Funding

Casey Dreier • April 26, 2016 • 2

The Senate has released its draft of NASA's 2017 budget which, despite increasing NASA's top-line by $300 million, would cut $270 million from the Planetary Science Division. Here's why we shouldn't worry—yet.

Does Presidential Intervention Undermine Consensus for NASA?

Casey Dreier • April 13, 2016 • 14

Presidents induce polarization on topics they choose to promote. So is the best way for a President to promote consensus in NASA to speak quietly?

Data Dump: NASA's Planetary Science Program By the Numbers

Casey Dreier • February 16, 2016 • 3

We provide you the gritty budget breakdown by program and mission for NASA's Planetary Science Division.

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?

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