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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. It reflects the needs and realities of politics, and understanding how, where, and why these decisions get made are crucial to influencing them. Space exploration is for all of us, and unless all of us know the process, it will inevitably be driven by the very few. Casey Dreier, The Planetary Society's Director of Advocacy, writes this blog.

Civil Servant Responsible for Government STEM Restructuring Identified

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/30 02:05 CDT | 2 comments

The government employee responsible for the proposed restructuring of all STEM programs in 2014 has been identified by the journal Science. The initiative faces resistance from both Congress and the scientific community, who feel that they were not consulted during the decision making process.

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Remembering the Pluto Campaign: A Success Story

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/22 02:11 CDT | 3 comments

The New Horizons mission to Pluto survived many near-death encounters with cancellation during its development. The Planetary Society worked the whole time to ensure it would launch.

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The New Cosmos Series Has a Trailer

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/21 06:30 CDT | 9 comments

The remake of Cosmos, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson and airing on Fox, just released its first teaser trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con.

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Congress Rejects NASA's First Operating Plan

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/15 11:33 CDT | 1 comment

NASA's plan to raid Planetary Science funding to pay for sequester cuts in other science programs was rejected by Congress earlier this month. NASA is now working on a new plan that has yet to be submitted for approval.

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House Committee Approves Smallest NASA Budget Since 1986

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/12 12:40 CDT | 8 comments

This budget, if enacted, would be the smallest budget NASA has seen since the mid '80s, when adjusted for inflation.

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Dueling Op-Eds on NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/11 01:29 CDT | 9 comments

NASA Administrator Bolden and the Chairman of the House Science Committee published opposing op-eds in The Hill newspaper today, illustrating the uphill battle NASA faces to sell Congress on this mission.

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Mars 2020 Science Announcement Live-blog

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/09 01:57 CDT | 6 comments

Follow along as NASA reacts to the recommendations of the science definition team for the next Mars rover.

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Target NEO Workshop Today

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/07/09 12:44 CDT

Follow along as scientists work through the possibilities and problems of NASA's asteroid retrieval mission.

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We Need Space-Based Detection of Threats, but NASA Shouldn't Pay for It

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/27 01:03 CDT | 5 comments

Early detection is a crucial step in preventing or mitigating threats from space, but it's not NASA's job.

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If we started today, how long would it take to get to Mars? With this budget, never.

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/19 04:38 CDT | 6 comments

The House of Representatives held a hearing today to discuss their proposed NASA authorization bill, which would fund Planetary Science, cut Earth Science, forbid asteroid retrieval, and command NASA to pursue a path to Mars via the Moon.

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