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Stressed about the election? Take a beautiful video tour of the International Space Station

Jason Davis • November 04, 2016 • 3

As the stressful election season draws to a close, a stunning new video tour of the International Space Station offers a reminder of what humans can do when we put aside our differences and work together.

The flexible path to Mars: SLS, Orion and NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Jason Davis • November 02, 2016 • 6

Since 2011, a once-in-a-generation transformation has been sweeping through NASA's human spaceflight centers in preparation for the era of SLS and Orion. How have the programs fared, and what first steps is NASA taking as it prepares for the journey to Mars?

Kate Rubins, NASA's DNA sequencing scientist, returning to Earth

Jason Davis • October 28, 2016

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is returning to Earth from the International Space Station. During her mission, she became the first person to sequence DNA in space.

Remembering Ewen Whitaker, the "careful and caring" scientist who found Surveyors 1 and 3

Jason Davis • October 21, 2016 • 2

Ewen Whitaker was one of the founding members of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, one of the world's first research institutions dedicated to studying the moon and planets.

How should America feel about China's space ambitions?

Jason Davis • October 14, 2016 • 16

China is sending two astronauts on a month-long mission to the country's new space station. What are China's long-term space goals? Does the narrative of a space race between the U.S. and China fit? If so, what happens if America loses?

To the moon, via the space station? A Q&A with Orbital ATK

Jason Davis • October 13, 2016 • 4

Two years after a devastating explosion, Orbital ATK is set to return its Antares rocket to flight. The commercial spaceflight company discusses its upgraded launcher, Cygnus supply spacecraft, and future ambitions, which include cislunar space.

LightSail 2 update roundup: Testing, delivery and a new animation in the works

Jason Davis • October 07, 2016 • 4

LightSail 2 and Prox-1 are expected to meet for integration by the end of the year. Here's an update roundup, including a sneak peek of new animations and the abstract from a recently accepted paper on the spacecraft's attitude control system.

To Mars, with a monster rocket: How politicians and engineers created NASA's Space Launch System

Jason Davis • October 03, 2016 • 10

NASA is building a giant rocket called the Space Launch System to send humans to Mars. In part 4 of our Horizon Goal series, we recap the messy tangle of politics and engineering that led to the vehicle's creation in 2011.

A million people in 40 to 100 years: SpaceX unveils plan to colonize Mars

Jason Davis • September 27, 2016 • 12

After much anticipation, Elon Musk revealed his plans to colonize Mars. Here are the details, some questions yet to be answered, and a few thoughts on how this could change the way we think about human spaceflight.

Five things we learned from our #RocketRoadTrip

Jason Davis • September 21, 2016 • 3

We're back from our #RocketRoadTrip through four states with NASA field centers involved in the agency's Journey to Mars program. We'll be sorting through our material for quite some time, but meanwhile, here are five key things we learned.

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