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Planetary RadioSeptember 7, 2018

Space Policy Edition: Did NASA Ace its Midterms? With Special Guest Louise Prockter

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Dr. Louise Prockter

Planetary Scientist and Director, Lunar and Planetary Institute

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Jason Callahan

Former Space Policy Advisor, The Planetary Society

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser, The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer, The Planetary Society

We talk with planetary scientist and Lunar and Planetary Institute Director Louise Prockter, who co-led creation of a new report evaluating the performance of NASA's planetary science division. This comes five years after the release of the influential decadal survey. Given the massive budget cuts over the past few years, how did NASA do? Where do these reports come from and who puts them together? Why are they important? All will be answered in this month’s SPE! We also look into the report-within-a-report on the status of the robotic Mars Exploration Program, and find some recommendations that appear to have been inspired by a 2017 Planetary Society report.

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