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The Downlink: A Historic All-Woman Spacewalk, Hubble Spies Interstellar Comet

Jason Davis • October 18, 2019 • 1

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: NASA Works to Save Mars Experiment, Saturn Gets 20 New Moons

Jason Davis • October 11, 2019 • 3

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Station Crew Home, Hayabusa2 Deploys Rover

Jason Davis • October 04, 2019 • 2

Planetary exploration news for busy people

Orion Completes Critical In-Flight Abort Test

Jason Davis • July 02, 2019 • 2

The test showed Orion can blast itself away from the Space Launch System if the big rocket fails while attempting to fly to orbit.

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?

NASA unveiled new plans for getting humans to Mars, and hardly anyone noticed

Jason Davis • April 07, 2017 • 6

NASA revealed its most concrete plan yet for sending humans back into deep space, centered around a small lunar space station and a reusable transport ship to carry astronauts to Mars and back.

Let's talk about this whole Moon vs. Mars thing for human spaceflight

Jason Davis • January 26, 2017 • 30

NASA's current human spaceflight goal is Mars, but the Trump administration could change that to the Moon. Is that a good idea? Here's an in-depth look at the differences in science gain, the arguments for and against a potential commercial market, and whether or not the technological and operational challenges required to reach the Moon apply to Mars.

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