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Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is a Fantastic Deal

NASA's commercial crew program stands to be the agency's lowest-cost human spacecraft effort in nearly 60 years.

The Most Important Space Policy Events of the 2010s

The end of the Space Shuttle, the rise of public-private partnerships, and the return to the Moon. As the 2010s come to a close, what were the most impactful events that shaped U.S. space policy?

NASA Then & Now

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.

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

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

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

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.

Five years after Atlantis' last launch, five favorite stories about the shuttle program

On the five-year anniversary of the final space shuttle launch, Jason Davis shares five of his favorite stories about the program.

Follow a space shuttle tank through LA with this timelapse video

This timelapse video follows some of the space shuttle external tank's 19-hour journey from Marina del Rey to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Shuttle tank caps 41-day journey with trip through streets of Los Angeles

After a 41-day journey marked by stormy seas, a trip through the Panama Canal and a rescue off the Baja California coast, the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank has arrived at its new home here in Los Angeles.

Pictures and video: After dramatic sea rescue, shuttle tank berths safely in San Diego

Two-and-a-half days after a dramatic sea rescue, the tugboat crew hauling a space shuttle fuel tank to California bid farewell to some unexpected passengers last night in San Diego.

Tugboat hauling shuttle tank to California rescues passengers of sunk fishing vessel

The crew of the tugboat hauling the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank to California reports they have rescued four passengers from a fishing boat that sunk off the coast of Mexico.

Shuttle tank, meet canal: Engineering wonders cross paths in Panama

Two modern engineering marvels crossed paths this week here in Central America, as the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank passed through the Panama Canal during a multi-week voyage from New Orleans to Los Angeles.

Full-circle ceremony sends last shuttle tank to sea

The last unflown space shuttle fuel tank is underway to California, following a full-circle ceremony in view of hardware built for the shuttle's heavy lift successor, the Space Launch System.

Last unflown space shuttle tank heads seaward for new mission

The last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank was loaded onto a barge at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility Sunday in New Orleans. It will ship to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to be joined with space shuttle Endeavour.

How Richard Nixon Changed NASA

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.

Slate's Misleading Hit Piece on the Future of NASA

A response to Slate's recent piece on the future of NASA, correcting many of its myths and misconceptions about how NASA works.

MAVEN NASA Social: Day 2

Bright and early this morning, we NASA Social folks met at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex for a tour of the space shuttle Atlantis. This is the first shuttle I've seen in person, and it was a stunning sight to see.

In his own words: Mike Massimino on how he "nearly broke" Hubble

In an enthralling article for Esquire magazine, astronaut Mike Massimino writes about nearly failing to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and how the people of Earth came to his rescue.

A patriotic return to space

When Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its 1988 return-to-flight mission, it was a big moment for NASA and America.

Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Columbia Disaster from a Science Investigator

David Warmflash, who organized a science (and peace) experiment with the Planetary Society for the ill fated STS-107 Columbia mission, reflects on that tragic day ten years ago.

Columbia, ten years on

Remembering Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon on the tenth anniversary of the loss of the space shuttle Columbia.

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