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Is a $2 Billion Prize for Landing on the Moon a Good Idea?

Casey Dreier • August 23, 2019

Though prize incentives can be useful for certain problems, huge cash payouts for human spaceflight are not good policy.

Reconstructing the Cost of the One Giant Leap

Casey Dreier • June 16, 2019

How much did Project Apollo cost? Planetary Society experts answered that question by revisiting primary sources and reconstructing Apollo's entire cost history from 1960 - 1973.

Apollo 11 Little West Crater Panorama

Mike Constantine • June 10, 2019

Apollo 11’S landing on 20 July 1969 was the day humans first set foot on another world. For the risky, challenging endeavor, NASA sought a smooth landing site, one lacking craters or mountains.

A Crash Program or Modest Proposal?

Casey Dreier • May 13, 2019

The White House released a long-awaited supplemental budget request for NASA today. It proposes an additional $1.6 billion for an accelerated human spaceflight effort to land on the Moon in 2024. This boosts the President's budget request for NASA to $22.6 billion in fiscal year 2020, which is approximately $1.1 billion or 5% more than the amount provided by Congress last year.

What Can We Learn from a Failed Return to the Moon?

Casey Dreier • April 26, 2019

Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush announced an ambitious program to return humans to the Moon. It failed. Today the Trump Administration wants the same thing. Can a failed lunar return effort help this one succeed?

Hearing Recap: NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request

Brendan Curry • April 08, 2019

On March 27, 2019, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request.”

T-minus Five Years and Counting

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2019

Can NASA really return astronauts to the Moon by 2024?

Station crew launches safely for first time since Soyuz accident

Jason Davis • December 03, 2018

NASA's Anne McClain, Canada's David Saint-Jacques, and Russia's Oleg Kononenko are on their way to the ISS.

NASA's Orion spacecraft makes progress, but are the agency's lunar plans on track?

Jason Davis • November 19, 2018

Orion's service module arrived in Florida, but some space industry experts question whether NASA's human spaceflight plans are realistic.

A Joyless 'First Man'

Casey Dreier • October 15, 2018

Space fans will enjoy the movie for its depictions of early spaceflight itself. But it avoids the richness and complexity of human experience, leaving behind awe and joy in favor of an emotional landscape as uninviting as the Moon.

Space station crew safe after failed launch

Jason Davis • October 11, 2018

About two minutes after liftoff, the Soyuz vehicle carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to orbit failed.

NASA Then & Now

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2018

A collection of before and after slider images showing how views of planets in our solar system have changed over the years since NASA was created.

A New Era for Canada-U.S. Space Cooperation?

Kate Howells • September 14, 2018

On 7 September, down the street from the NAFTA meetings in Washington D.C., the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a meeting of many thought leaders from both countries to discuss a point of uncertainty in the Canada-United States relationship: collaboration in space.

Orion's third flight will haul two pieces of a space station to lunar orbit

Jason Davis • September 06, 2018

NASA is planning for a 30-day mission to lunar orbit in 2024.

India says it will send a human to space by 2022

Sandhya Ramesh • August 24, 2018

The announcement came as a surprise to many people within ISRO, the country's space agency.

NASA names crews and dates for first U.S. commercial missions

Jason Davis • August 03, 2018

Four NASA astronauts and one commercial employee are expected to launch aboard SpaceX and Boeing-operated vehicles in 2019.

NASA is beloved—the Moon not so much

Casey Dreier • June 06, 2018

A new poll shows broad support for space exploration in the United States. But sending astronauts to the Moon ranks as the lowest priority among the public.

Cygnus cargo craft will test ability to boost and deorbit the International Space Station

Jason Davis • May 25, 2018

NASA and Orbital ATK are planning a one-minute test burn before Cygnus leaves the station.

The curious case of the Apollo 4 Earth images

Jason Davis • May 23, 2018

Revisiting images of Earth taken from the uncrewed Apollo 4 command module in 1967.

How are we preparing astronauts for a return to the Moon?

Tess Caswell • May 22, 2018

Returning to the Moon won’t be easy, even though we’ve been there before.

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