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After the Success of InSight, It’s Time for NASA to Commit to Mars Sample Return

Casey Dreier • November 28, 2018 • 4

In the brief period of public and political goodwill generated by NASA's latest success at the Red Planet, now is the time to secure a commitment for the next steps at Mars: sample return.

This Thanksgiving, avoid the politics and talk space instead

Casey Dreier • November 21, 2018

If you're expecting to gather with extended family on Thanksgiving, avoid the politics. Here are some conversation starters to use at the dinner table that everyone can engage in.

A Joyless 'First Man'

Casey Dreier • October 15, 2018 • 6

Space fans will enjoy the movie for its depictions of early spaceflight itself. But it avoids the richness and complexity of human experience, leaving behind awe and joy in favor of an emotional landscape as uninviting as the Moon.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018 • 8

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

Pluto is not the end

Emily Lakdawalla • July 14, 2016 • 14

One year after the New Horizons Pluto flyby, Emily reflects on its significance.

What NASA Can Learn from SpaceX

Casey Dreier • April 28, 2016 • 23

SpaceX's announcement that it will send Dragon capsules to Mars demonstrates the advantage of having a clear plan to explore the red planet. NASA should take note.

Does Presidential Intervention Undermine Consensus for NASA?

Casey Dreier • April 13, 2016 • 14

Presidents induce polarization on topics they choose to promote. So is the best way for a President to promote consensus in NASA to speak quietly?

Is the Opportunity Rover a Mission 'Whose Time Has Passed'?

Casey Dreier • March 15, 2015 • 11

The NASA Administrator declared that the Opportunity rover is a mission 'whose time has passed' and will be defunded next year. Will Congress act to save it?

Interstellar: The movie that deserves to be called “Gravity”

Mat Kaplan • November 09, 2014 • 8

Mat Kaplan gives his thoughts on the newest space film to hit theatres, "Interstellar."

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.

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