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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.

Planetary Science Just Got Its Best Budget in Years

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2017 • 6

The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funding the U.S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. NASA got a boost to $19.65 billion, and its Planetary Science Division saw a budget increase to $1.846 billion—its best budget in more than ten years.

A Tribute to Nathan Bridges

Casey Dreier and Mark Hilverda • May 03, 2017 • 1

Last week, the planetary science community lost Nathan Bridges, a leading scientist whose work studied how wind sculpts the surface of Mars. Nathan was a prolific scientist involved in many Mars exploration missions, a charter member of The Planetary Society, a friend, husband, and father.

Here's our exhaustive guide to Trump's 392-word NASA budget

Casey Dreier • March 23, 2017 • 13

We break down every sentence from Trump's new NASA budget, so you don't have to.

Congress Delays Action on NASA's 2017 Budget

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2016 • 2

Congress stands ready to punt on NASA's budget, meaning the space program will have to operate on a short budgetary leash until April of next year.

NASA Under Trump

Casey Dreier • November 18, 2016 • 3

NASA under a Trump Administration will be hard times for Earth Science, and human spaceflight to the Moon will likely get renewed focus. However, NASA won't go anywhere if massive cuts to spending are enacted as promised.

NatGeo's new MARS miniseries premieres tonight

Casey Dreier • November 14, 2016 • 3

The new six-part miniseries, MARS, premieres tonight on the National Geographic channel. Perhaps it can help influence the incoming administration to continue NASA's Journey to Mars.

SpaceX and the Blank Slate

Casey Dreier • September 28, 2016 • 13

SpaceX's plans to colonize Mars differ considerably from NASA's Journey to Mars ambitions. But direct comparison is difficult. SpaceX is able to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a bold new approach to humans in space. NASA has no such luxury, and must use existing pieces and people to make their goals a reality.

New Findings are Conclusive: Europa is crying out for exploration

Casey Dreier • September 26, 2016 • 19

New scientific findings add to the evidence that Europa is spouting its liquid ocean into space. NASA has a mission to Europa in the works, but it wouldn't launch for at least a decade. Congress can make it faster, but it all depends on whether they can pass a budget this year.

Promise, Transition, and Transformation

Casey Dreier • September 19, 2016 • 4

After 10 days, four NASA centers, two contractors, and hundreds of miles, Casey Dreier shares his initial reflections on the state of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and its future.

The House Makes its Counteroffer on NASA’s Budget

Casey Dreier • May 24, 2016 • 8

Commerce, Justice, and Science—the House of Representatives’ subcommittee that oversees NASA spending—just released details on how they would fund the space agency in 2017. Overall, the news for the space program is very good.

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