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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.

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.

NASA Kicks Off a Private Space Race Between Boeing and SpaceX

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • September 17, 2014 • 10

Boeing and SpaceX have won multi-billion dollar contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress

Casey Dreier • September 09, 2014

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th.

Curiosity Rover Science Plan Slammed by NASA Review Panel

Casey Dreier • September 03, 2014 • 19

Senior review recommends continuing all major planetary exploration missions, but not without some changes.

NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality

Jason Davis and Casey Dreier • August 28, 2014 • 9

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year.

Watch Bill Nye and Special Guests in The Lure of Europa

Casey Dreier • August 04, 2014

We've posted the full video of our Washington, D.C. event exploring the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

[Updated]: NASA Selects 7 Science Instruments for its Next Mars Rover

Casey Dreier • July 31, 2014 • 12

Seven science instruments will help the Mars 2020 rover identify biosignatures and understand the history of the rocks it encounters on the surface of the red planet.

NASA Announces the Suite of Science Instruments on its Next Mars Rover Today

Casey Dreier • July 31, 2014

Today marks the unveiling of the suite of science instruments that will travel to Mars to look for signs of past life and help determine samples to store for possible return to Earth. The next rover mission will launch in 2020.

NASA's Budget Stalls Out

Casey Dreier • July 29, 2014 • 1

Congress has all but given up its goal of passing a budget before the end of this fiscal year in September. Instead, we will likely see a temporary extension through the elections in November.

Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa

Casey Dreier • July 18, 2014 • 2

A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill.

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