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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.

NASA Rings in the New Year with $22.6 billion

Casey Dreier • January 10, 2020 • 6

NASA's final 2020 budget rejected every major cut proposed by the Trump Administration, increased funding for popular congressional projects such as the Space Launch System, and underfunded several key administration proposals, including a human-qualified lunar lander and low-Earth orbit commercialization projects.

The Most Important Space Policy Events of the 2010s

Casey Dreier • December 16, 2019 • 6

The end of the Space Shuttle, the rise of public-private partnerships, and the return to the Moon. As the 2010s come to a close, what were the most impactful events that shaped U.S. space policy?

This Holiday Season, Avoid the Politics and Talk Space Instead

Casey Dreier • November 27, 2019 • 2

When coming together this holiday season, ditch the politics. Instead, here are 5 conversation topics about space that can inspire and engage everyone.

How NASA's Planetary Defense Budget Grew By More Than 4000% in 10 years

Casey Dreier • September 26, 2019 • 3

NASA used to spend more on travel for its employees at headquarters than it did on finding dangerous near-Earth asteroids. Now it’s building asteroid-hunting space telescopes. What changed?

Registration Is Now Open for the 2020 Day of Action

Casey Dreier • September 18, 2019

Join The Planetary Society and advocate for space in Washington, D.C. this 9 - 10 February 2020.

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.

Reconstructing the Cost of the One Giant Leap

Casey Dreier • June 16, 2019 • 3

How much did Project Apollo cost? Planetary Society experts answered that question by revisiting primary sources and reconstructing Apollo's entire cost history from 1960 - 1973.

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.

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?

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