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NASA’s Big Rocket a Step Closer to Reality
2014/08/28 12:33 CDT | 9 comments

NASA's Space Launch System passed a critical milestone yesterday, but buried within the announcement was news that the first launch could slip by nearly a year. More »

The Competition for Dollars
2014/08/27 01:20 CDT | 12 comments

We all know NASA needs more money to achieve its goals. But competition for money is intense within the U.S. federal government, and two trends have made it harder for NASA to get what it needs. More »

Watch Bill Nye and Special Guests in The Lure of Europa
2014/08/04 09:21 CDT

We've posted the full video of our Washington, D.C. event exploring the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth. More »

[Updated]: NASA Selects 7 Science Instruments for its Next Mars Rover
2014/07/31 01:16 CDT | 12 comments

Seven science instruments will help the Mars 2020 rover identify biosignatures and understand the history of the rocks it encounters on the surface of the red planet. More »

NASA Announces the Suite of Science Instruments on its Next Mars Rover Today
2014/07/31 04:13 CDT

Today marks the unveiling of the suite of science instruments that will travel to Mars to look for signs of past life and help determine samples to store for possible return to Earth. The next rover mission will launch in 2020. More »

NASA's Budget Stalls Out
2014/07/29 08:46 CDT | 1 comment

Congress has all but given up its goal of passing a budget before the end of this fiscal year in September. Instead, we will likely see a temporary extension through the elections in November. More »

Capitol Hill Responds to the Lure of Europa
2014/07/18 01:54 CDT | 2 comments

A standing-room only crowd learned the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth, at a special Planetary Society event on capitol hill. More »

Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission
2014/06/30 06:01 CDT | 51 comments

Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars. More »

The Senate's Flawed NASA Bill Hits a Bump in the Road
2014/06/19 10:09 CDT | 2 comments

For the second day in a row, the Senate failed to vote on a bill that would fund NASA and other agencies in 2015. Without passage, no progress can be made addressing the flaws contained within. More »

One Number, Two Budgets
2014/06/17 01:03 CDT | 2 comments

The Senate and House have both agreed to increase NASA's budget to $17.9 billion, but they have very different ways of spending that money. More »

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