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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.

New Horizons is a Triumph for Space Advocates

Casey Dreier • July 07, 2015 • 5

New Horizons—what will be NASA’s greatest success of 2015—was cancelled multiple times in its early life, and many times before that in its previous incarnations. A mission to Pluto was not inevitable, despite the overwhelming scientific and public excitement.

[Upated] House of Representatives Voting on NASA's 2016 Budget Today

Casey Dreier • June 02, 2015 • 1

NASA's 2016 budget is up for a major vote in the House of Representatives today, but it's just a step on the long road to a final budget in the fall.

Why We Don't Know When the Europa Mission Will Launch

Casey Dreier • May 27, 2015 • 12

NASA has been vague about when the new mission to Europa will launch. There's a reason for that, and it's not just orbital mechanics.

Here Are the Science Instruments NASA Will Use to Explore Europa

Casey Dreier • May 26, 2015 • 8

NASA just announced the science instruments that will be used to understand the enigmatic ocean moon of Europa. The mission is planned to launch sometime in the early 2020s.

[Updated] House NASA Funding Bill Proposes a Fantastic Budget for Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • May 19, 2015 • 8

The House Appropriations Committee released their vision for NASA's 2016 budget this week, which includes significant increases for the SLS and Planetary Science, but cuts Commercial Crew and Earth Science funds.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2015 • 5

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

[Updated] Good Planetary Support in A Flawed NASA Bill

Casey Dreier • May 02, 2015 • 15

Casey Dreier gives a brief summary of the House draft bill released the other day that would authorize NASA funding for the years 2016 and 2017.

The study team at JPL Will Present their Mars Program Concept at the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit

Casey Dreier • April 17, 2015

A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal.

A New Path to Mars?

Casey Dreier • April 02, 2015 • 40

A new advocacy initiative for the Society: let's get humans to Mars.

Slides from the LPSC 2015 Session on the Community Response to NASA's Budget Request

Casey Dreier • March 19, 2015

The Planetary Society helped organize a community response to the latest NASA budget at the 2015 meeting of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

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