Season 9, Episode 9, “How do we make space exploration politically relevant?” is our main topic. Leave your comments on social media with the #Cosmopolitics hash tag.

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In Space News we have:
* Ariane 5 • Eutelsat 65 West A Launch
* PSLV • IRNSS 1F Launch
* Soyuz Scrubs?
* ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter rolls out to the launchpad
* NASA’s Exploration Mission 2 in flux
* March 8th/9th 2016 Total Solar Eclipse
* Blue Origin Factory Tour
* NASA’s InSight Mission escapes cancellation, will fly in 2018
* SpaceX Updates

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  • DougSpace says:

    I frequently ask people who the first man on the Moon was. About 70% get it right. Then I ask who was the first person was on the ISS. To date no one has known (not even me). My point is that the reason that space isn’t politically relevant is that, in human spaceflight, we aren’t doing inherently amazing things. Waiting 20+ years for crew to go to the vicinity of Mars isn’t going to help. We need a lower-cost strategy for returning to the Moon to establish humanity’s first permanent foothold in space.

  • I always love the shows and I look forward to more of them. I myself grew up near the Johnson Space Center and lived right around the corner from Robert Crippen and other famous astronauts who were in training or have already been on missions. Human space flight will never be cheap. Its not a matter of lowering cost as to making the missions more cost effective and with a legitimate outcome for humanity. I too would get up early mornings to watch Apollo missions when I was 6 years old and during the first shuttle missions when I was 14 and the thrill of experiencing any mission manned or unmanned was exciting. The excitement now is from watching independent companies like Space X, Blue Origin and others like XCor, Bigelow and SpaceDev/Sierra Nevada that will make it more interesting and could lower costs with a safe outcome. The people of the TMRO show are great at making each episode informative and exciting.

  • John Benac says:

    I believe that the reason that space is not politically relevant is because there are not the appropriate feedback channels to the policy makers. Those feedback channels include campaign finance and votes. I am starting a political party for space exploration and development at in order to build those two channels. If only the people who already care about space passionately were to get involved, channeling their money and votes in an organized fashion would be enough to make it politically relevant.

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