Science and Space Policy

When you have people, you have politics. So science — which is done by people — involves politics, too. Whether it be trying to balance funds between astrophysics and planetary science in NASA’s budget or deciding how to fund observatories and telescopes in our nation and around the world, policy matters in science. Here, you’ll find our coverage of the major policy matters that are affecting astronomy. We’ll break down the numbers and the policy lingo, so you can know what’s going on.

Apophis in 2029

New Report Spotlights Impact Hazards

A meaty review of the impact hazard facing Earth has just been released by the U.S. National Research Council. The bottom line? If Congress and NASA are serious about finding all the truly threatening asteroids in our planet's vicinity, they'd better fund the search properly.