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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.

Let's talk about NASA's latest commercial crew delay

Jason Davis • January 17, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing might not be certified to carry astronauts to the International Space Station until 2019 or 2020.

What changed with space directive #1?

Casey Dreier • December 30, 2017

President Trump signed Space Directive #1, formally implementing as policy what Vice President Pence had announced at the first meeting of the National Space Council in October: that NASA will focus its human spaceflight efforts on a return to the Moon, and then onto Mars. What really changed?

We choose to go to the Moon and do the other things

Casey Dreier and Jason Davis • October 05, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the National Space Council's first meeting today by declaring Americans will return to the Moon. Casey Dreier and Jason Davis analyze this new direction for NASA's human spaceflight program.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates Mars colonization plans

Jason Davis • September 29, 2017

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of his Mars colonization plans today, during a widely anticipated talk at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

Is Mars habitable? With the right technologies, yes

Max Fagin • September 28, 2017

Making Mars habitable will require us to master the conversion of raw Martian materials into resources we can use to survive. Fortunately, Mars has a wealth of usable materials, making it one of the most human-habitable places in the solar system, other than Earth itself.

NASA, international partners consider solar sail for Deep Space Gateway

Anatoly Zak • September 25, 2017

A Canadian Space Agency proposal would install a solar sail on the outside of the Deep Space Gateway, a miniature space station in lunar orbit.

Meet two astronaut candidates who can help NASA do science on other worlds

Jason Davis • September 21, 2017

Two of NASA's new astronaut candidates are particularly suited to conduct scientific research on other worlds: Zena Cardman, a geobiologist, and Jessica Watkins, a geologist.

Function over form: NASA's Space Launch System gets a new paint job

Jason Davis • August 11, 2017

Last week, NASA revealed an updated design for the Space Launch System, featuring black-and-white checkerboards streaking down each of the vehicle's solid rocket boosters.

Cubes in Space

Julie Seven Sage • July 27, 2017

Aspiring astrophysicist Julie Seven Sage reports from the launch of student-designed CubeSat payloads at NASA's Wallops Flight Center.

HERA team completes 45-day mission to explore asteroid, from Texas

Tim Evans • July 25, 2017

What's it like spending 45 days confined to a habitat at Johnson Space Center simulating a crewed NASA mission to an asteroid? Tim Evans sends us this report.

Space station partners weigh in on NASA’s Deep Space Gateway plans

Anatoly Zak • June 08, 2017

In March, NASA officials revealed updated plans for a small space station near the Moon called the Deep Space Gateway. Anatoly Zak reports the plans threw a monkey wrench into years-long planning efforts by NASA’s international partners.

Announcing a New Paper on NASA's Mars Exploration Program

Casey Dreier • June 06, 2017

NASA’s robotic Mars Exploration Program is on a troubling path of decline—and decisions must be made now in order to stop it. A new report by the Society explains why.

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