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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 announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study

Casey Dreier and Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2015 • 21

NASA announced the first-round selections for its next Discovery mission today. A total of five planetary mission concepts -- three targeted at asteroids, two at Venus -- will move to the next stage of the competition.

Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2015 • 2

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

A Free, Online Course Exploring the Science of Phobos and Deimos

Casey Dreier • September 19, 2015 • 3

Impress your friends and wow your colleagues by learning all about Mars's moons.

CubeSats to the Moon

Casey Dreier • September 02, 2015 • 1

Casey interviews Dr. Craig Hardgrove about his lunar CubeSat, how it came together, and how NASA’s support for small missions are important for early career scientists like himself.

[Updated] The United States of Space Advocates

Casey Dreier • August 24, 2015 • 5

See which states have the highest number of space advocates writing Congress and the White House to support planetary exploration.

An August Moment to Check in on NASA’s Budget and Future

Casey Dreier • August 20, 2015 • 1

It’s August. Congress is out of session. Things are quiet. It’s as good a time as any to check in on several issues we’ve been following here at the Society, particularly with NASA’s budget prospects for the year and the future of human spaceflight policy.

A New Way to Prepare Samples of Mars for Return to the Earth

Casey Dreier • July 23, 2015 • 16

Mars 2020, NASA’s next and yet-to-be-named Mars rover, will be the first mission to collect and prepare samples of the martian surface for return to Earth. The rover's engineering team has proposed a new sampling caching strategy that differs from previous concepts in some interesting ways.

New Horizons is a Triumph for Space Advocates

Casey Dreier • July 07, 2015 • 5

New Horizons—what will be NASA’s greatest success of 2015—was cancelled multiple times in its early life, and many times before that in its previous incarnations. A mission to Pluto was not inevitable, despite the overwhelming scientific and public excitement.

[Upated] House of Representatives Voting on NASA's 2016 Budget Today

Casey Dreier • June 02, 2015 • 1

NASA's 2016 budget is up for a major vote in the House of Representatives today, but it's just a step on the long road to a final budget in the fall.

Why We Don't Know When the Europa Mission Will Launch

Casey Dreier • May 27, 2015 • 12

NASA has been vague about when the new mission to Europa will launch. There's a reason for that, and it's not just orbital mechanics.

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