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Is a $2 Billion Prize for Landing on the Moon a Good Idea?

Casey Dreier • August 23, 2019 • 7

Though prize incentives can be useful for certain problems, huge cash payouts for human spaceflight are not good policy.

What the recent budget deal means for NASA

Casey Dreier • August 07, 2019 • 7

A bigger budgetary pie allows the space agency's budget to grow—for one year at least.

A Crash Program or Modest Proposal?

Casey Dreier • May 13, 2019 • 5

The White House released a long-awaited supplemental budget request for NASA today. It proposes an additional $1.6 billion for an accelerated human spaceflight effort to land on the Moon in 2024. This boosts the President's budget request for NASA to $22.6 billion in fiscal year 2020, which is approximately $1.1 billion or 5% more than the amount provided by Congress last year.

Hearing Recap: Keeping Our Sights on Mars

Brendan Curry • May 09, 2019 • 1

Highlights from the hearing, 'Keeping our Sights on Mars: A Review of NASA's Deep Space Plans' held on May 8th in the House of Representatives.

What Can We Learn from a Failed Return to the Moon?

Casey Dreier • April 26, 2019 • 8

Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush announced an ambitious program to return humans to the Moon. It failed. Today the Trump Administration wants the same thing. Can a failed lunar return effort help this one succeed?

Hearing Recap: NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request

Brendan Curry • April 08, 2019 • 1

On March 27, 2019, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request.”

T-minus Five Years and Counting

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2019 • 10

Can NASA really return astronauts to the Moon by 2024?

Amidst Cuts to NASA, Mars Sample Return May Finally Happen

Casey Dreier • March 11, 2019 • 5

The President's Budget Request for NASA in 2020 would start a Mars Sample Return mission and ramp up efforts to send humans to the Moon. But it would still kick off the first year of a new decade with a half-billion dollar cut to the space agency.

NASA just got its best budget in a decade

Casey Dreier • February 15, 2019 • 10

After months of unrelated political turmoil, multiple stop-gap spending bills, and an unprecedented government shutdown, NASA's 2019 budget was finally signed into law.

Miseries mount as shutdown drags on

Casey Dreier • January 18, 2019 • 15

The partial government shutdown that shuttered NASA continues with no end in sight. The U.S. space program sits idle, the vast majority of its workforce sent home. Space science and exploration projects are disrupted. Paychecks are absent. And an unsettling realization has dawned on hundreds of thousands of public employees and contractors affected by the shutdown: this time is different.

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