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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.

[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed

Casey Dreier • December 14, 2014 • 4

Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature.

NASA's Budget Increase Is A Step Closer to Reality

Casey Dreier • December 12, 2014 • 4

By a narrow vote, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 'CRomnibus' spending bill, which includes an increase to NASA and its Planetary Science Division. It now moves on to the Senate.

[Updated] The CRomnibus Comes Through for NASA and Planetary Science

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2014 • 7

The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division.

Join me in Washington, D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving Celebration of Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 26, 2014

See Bill Nye, Europa scientist Kevin Hand, and Mars scientist Michael Meyer speak at a special event on Capitol Hill on December 2nd.

Don't Miss This Great New Video About Europa

Casey Dreier • November 21, 2014

JPL released a slick new video highlighting the significance of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

A Mission to Europa Just Got a Whole Lot More Likely

Casey Dreier • November 20, 2014

Rep. John Culberson, an outspoken supporter of Europa exploration, will assume leadership of an influential congressional committee that funds NASA.

The Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections for NASA

Casey Dreier • November 05, 2014 • 17

A Republican Senate will not drastically change the course of the nation's space program, though it will likely see less funding for NASA and a difficult path forward for the Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

The Antares Accident: Whose Rocket Was It?

Casey Dreier • October 30, 2014 • 10

Despite some in the media declaring it a NASA rocket disaster, Antares represents a new way of doing business. It's owned by a private company providing a service to NASA to resupply the space station. How is this different from other rockets NASA uses?

Happy Fiscal Year 2015! Though NASA Still Doesn't Have a Budget

Casey Dreier • October 01, 2014 • 1

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill before taking off to campaign for re-election, keeping NASA's 2015 budget in limbo for another two months.

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2014 • 2

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science.

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