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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.

A brief history of Resource Prospector, NASA's cancelled lunar mission

Jason Davis • May 03, 2018

The mission survived NASA's Journey to Mars era, only to be axed once short-term goals shifted back to the Moon.

Funpost! The transportation of humans to foreign planets

Jason Davis • March 22, 2018

For this week's Funpost, Jason answers 11 questions about humans exploring Mars.

Book Review: The Space Barons

Jason Davis • March 21, 2018

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! That time I created work for the ISS crew

Jason Davis • March 15, 2018

An important American flag is lost and found aboard the International Space Station.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! A spacewalk in deep space

Jason Davis • March 08, 2018

Only three humans have ever been on a spacewalk in the void between the Earth and Moon.

NASA has a Moon landing plan—sort of

Jason Davis • March 01, 2018

It's a gradual, stepped approach, envisioning human spaceflight, planetary science, and commercial partners all working together.

Some snark (and details!) about NASA's proposed lunar space station

Jason Davis • February 26, 2018

So long, Deep Space Gateway. You've been replaced with the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Goodbye, ISS. Hello, private space stations?

Jason Davis • February 20, 2018

The International Space Station may go away in 2025. Will private space stations be ready to fill the gap?

International meetings: Moon initiatives

James D. Burke • January 25, 2018

Interest is rising globally in expanded lunar science, resource exploration and eventually permanent human settlement. Also, the potential for commercial lunar enterprises is being seriously examined.

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