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U. S. astronauts hover close to an asteroid in this NASA illustration


NASA was directed by Congress to re-assess its future, as part of the agency’s 2012 appropriations bill. The task, which must be completed soon, was assigned to the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academies.

The National Academies serve as a Congressional...

Distance and direction of Sky Crane impact zone from Curiosity rover. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona


While the rover will help answer a wealth of questions about Mars, it raises some troubling ones about Earth — and the United States in particular. Why does a country that can pull off this kind of engineering legerdemain have such a hard time doing the easy stuff — maintaining its terrestrial infrastructure, addressing climate change, simply stepping out of the toxic swamp of domestic politics enough to keep the FAA funded and the lights on in Washington?

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

As NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover revs up to start rolling, a new poll has looked into public backing of a human mission to Mars. Now Americans are slightly more supportive of sending a human to the Red Planet.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone...

I happen to have been born the same week NASA was founded, in early October 1958. That means my earliest awareness of the world took place in the 1960s, during the Apollo era. It was also a turbulent decade internationally, and America was no exception. We were at war in Southeast Asia, the civil rights movement was under way, assassinations were taking place, and NASA was heading for the Moon.

At the time, it seemed clear that the astronauts, whatever criteria were used to select them, would never have included me. The astronauts were drawn from the military — all but two of them. One was Neil Armstrong, a civilian test pilot and aeronautical engineer — the commander of Apollo 11...

Now that NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has reached the red planet, you can keep an eye on the mission in 3D.

Best yet…without need for...


NASA's commercial crew initiative is intended to establish competitive low Earth orbit passenger launch services. NASA image

Just days after selecting industry partners for a third round of competitive commercial crew space transportation development, NASA on Wedesday outlined plans to certify the safety of the winning designs and operators, launch at least one...


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