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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.

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.

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.

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