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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.

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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Planetary Society Hangout: LaserBees, Asteroids, and Planet Vacuums

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/13 12:39 CDT | 1 comment

We check in with Dr. Bruce Betts, our Director of Projects, on the latest from our current programs funded by our members.

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Confirmed: NASA Defies the Will of Congress by Raiding Planetary Science Funding [updated]

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/10 03:40 CDT | 13 comments

Despite congressional rejection of massive cuts to Planetary Science this year, NASA has found a way to implement the cuts internally and use the money for other purposes.

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Download This One-Page Summary on the Threat to Planetary Science

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/06/05 07:11 CDT | 5 comments

When we visit Congress, this is what we leave them with. This one page summarizes the entire threat to continued planetary exploration at NASA in the proposed 2014 budget.

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NASA Administrator Highlights Advanced Propulsion Systems at JPL

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/23 06:18 CDT | 6 comments

Charles Bolden stopped by JPL to highlight research being done on advanced propulsion techniques that would be used in the proposed asteroid retrieval mission.

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No NASA Operating Plan Yet

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/23 12:39 CDT

NASA has still not sent its operating plan to Congress. Rumors of the agency reprogramming away all of the additional funding to Planetary Science remains just rumors.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Advocacy Update

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/23 11:40 CDT

The Planetary Society just returned from a major political advocacy trip out to D.C. what did we do and what did we achieve? What's going on with the current funding situation regarding Planetary Science and NASA at large? How does the asteroid retrieval mission help or hurt planetary exploration goals? What's the larger plan and what are the consequences if cuts continue?

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Planetary Science Echoes Through the Halls of Congress

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2013/05/21 02:12 CDT | 3 comments

The Planetary Society just returned from a big trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for continued planetary exploration. Here's what happened.

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