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First look at NASA’s FY2015 Budget Request

The White House just released its budget request for FY 2015. Looks like NASA will continue supporting its main priorities, but will they sacrifice SOFIA to fund other missions?

Science, Still the Endless Frontier

In the final months of World War II, Vannevar Bush, director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, prepared a report that would forever shape federal support of scientific research.

Budget Battle Update: Dueling Visions for NASA

Another day, another fight over the future of America’s space agency. The House and the Senate can’t agree about asteroid retrieval, science funding, and much else.

A Tale of Two Surveys

Decadal surveys are the Bibles of space science policy. How are they prepared? How influential are they?

The Sequester and the Research Scientist

The federal budget sequester is symptomatic of a larger dysfunction.

How the Sequester Affects Space Science

The Sequester is a major blow to scientific research and development in the United States. In this piece I discuss the long-term implications of such a reduction in scientific output and how the Sequester affects space-related research.

Wanted: A Strategic Direction for NASA

Does NASA have a strategic direction that guides its priorities and activities? Not a coherent one, according to a critical new report from the National Research Council.

Flat is the new up!

Introducing the Federal Budget Process

In our austerity-hungry political environment, you need to navigate the complicated and volatile landscape of science policy if you want to explore the universe. You need answers to some simple questions: Who supports science? Why?

The REAL Political Science

Last week NASA successfully landed a car-sized roverĀ on the planet Mars, 150 million miles away from Earth. If that weren’t impressive enough, they managed to land it with an error of less than 2 miles. This was no doubt the culmination of creative cleverness, remarkable engineering, and good ol’ fashioned, unwavering ambition. But there is […]

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