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Pluto is not the end

Emily Lakdawalla • July 14, 2016 • 14

One year after the New Horizons Pluto flyby, Emily reflects on its significance.

What NASA Can Learn from SpaceX

Casey Dreier • April 28, 2016 • 23

SpaceX's announcement that it will send Dragon capsules to Mars demonstrates the advantage of having a clear plan to explore the red planet. NASA should take note.

Does Presidential Intervention Undermine Consensus for NASA?

Casey Dreier • April 13, 2016 • 14

Presidents induce polarization on topics they choose to promote. So is the best way for a President to promote consensus in NASA to speak quietly?

Is the Opportunity Rover a Mission 'Whose Time Has Passed'?

Casey Dreier • March 15, 2015 • 11

The NASA Administrator declared that the Opportunity rover is a mission 'whose time has passed' and will be defunded next year. Will Congress act to save it?

Interstellar: The movie that deserves to be called “Gravity”

Mat Kaplan • November 09, 2014 • 8

Mat Kaplan gives his thoughts on the newest space film to hit theatres, "Interstellar."

The Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections for NASA

Casey Dreier • November 05, 2014 • 17

A Republican Senate will not drastically change the course of the nation's space program, though it will likely see less funding for NASA and a difficult path forward for the Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

How Richard Nixon Changed NASA

Jason Callahan • October 04, 2014 • 7

The end of the Moon race raised the question: what, if anything, was next for NASA? The decisions made by President Nixon in the aftermath of Apollo still impact the space program today.

Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission

Louis D. Friedman and Tom Jones • June 30, 2014 • 51

Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars.

An Open Letter to the Planetary Science Community

Jim Bell • May 01, 2014

Dr. Jim Bell, a planetary scientist and President of the Planetary Society, calls on his colleagues to write Congress in support of planetary exploration and to support The Society.

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