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Reconstructing the Cost of the One Giant Leap

Casey Dreier • June 16, 2019 • 3

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

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 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 • 5

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 • 8

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 • 1

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 • 10

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 • 5

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 • 6

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 • 1

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

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