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The Downlink: Crew Dragon Completes Crucial Test, More Mars Mole Problems

Jason Davis • January 24, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

NASA Rings in the New Year with $22.6 billion

Casey Dreier • January 10, 2020

NASA's final 2020 budget rejected every major cut proposed by the Trump Administration, increased funding for popular congressional projects such as the Space Launch System, and underfunded several key administration proposals, including a human-qualified lunar lander and low-Earth orbit commercialization projects.

The Most Important Space Policy Events of the 2010s

Casey Dreier • December 16, 2019

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?

The Downlink: OSIRIS-REx Sample Site Picked, Easy-Access Water Ice on Mars

Jason Davis • December 13, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

Hearing Recap: NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request

Brendan Curry • April 08, 2019

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

Can NASA really return astronauts to the Moon by 2024?

NASA's Orion spacecraft makes progress, but are the agency's lunar plans on track?

Jason Davis • November 19, 2018

Orion's service module arrived in Florida, but some space industry experts question whether NASA's human spaceflight plans are realistic.

Orion's third flight will haul two pieces of a space station to lunar orbit

Jason Davis • September 06, 2018

NASA is planning for a 30-day mission to lunar orbit in 2024.

If you come at the Space Launch System, you best not miss

Jason Davis • March 09, 2018

Getting NASA out of the rocket business is more complicated than you think.

Clipper Slipper

Jason Davis • November 28, 2017

Will NASA's Space Launch System be ready to launch a Europa mission in 2022?

We choose to go to the Moon and do the other things

Casey Dreier and Jason Davis • October 05, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the National Space Council's first meeting today by declaring Americans will return to the Moon. Casey Dreier and Jason Davis analyze this new direction for NASA's human spaceflight program.

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

Jason Davis • August 11, 2017

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.

The anatomy of a delay: Here's a timeline of twists and turns for NASA's SLS and Orion programs

Jason Davis • May 15, 2017

The Space Launch System and Orion won't fly until 2019, and NASA is sticking with its original plan not to include astronauts for the maiden mission. Here is a timeline of some of the programs' major twists and turns over the years.

The first Space Launch System flight will probably be delayed

Jason Davis • April 26, 2017

NASA's new heavy lift rocket is currently scheduled to launch the Orion spacecraft on a test flight next year. But all signs are pointing to a probable delay.

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

Jason Davis • April 07, 2017

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.

A repeat of the space shuttle's bold test flight? NASA considers crew aboard first SLS mission

Jason Davis • March 23, 2017

NASA has only flown astronauts aboard a rocket's first flight once, when John Young and Bob Crippen took space shuttle Columbia on the boldest test flight in history. What are the risks of repeating the feat for SLS?

An international outpost near the Moon gets closer to reality

Anatoly Zak • November 03, 2016

International Space Station (ISS) project partners are inching ever closer toward an agreement to begin the development of a new human outpost in the vicinity of the Moon. If successful, the cis-lunar space station (a space station in the vicinity of the Moon) will be the largest international space project to date, influencing the direction of human space flight for decades to come.

SpaceX and the Blank Slate

Casey Dreier • September 28, 2016

SpaceX's plans to colonize Mars differ considerably from NASA's Journey to Mars ambitions. But direct comparison is difficult. SpaceX is able to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a bold new approach to humans in space. NASA has no such luxury, and must use existing pieces and people to make their goals a reality.

Promise, Transition, and Transformation

Casey Dreier • September 19, 2016

After 10 days, four NASA centers, two contractors, and hundreds of miles, Casey Dreier shares his initial reflections on the state of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and its future.

Test stand glitch halts SLS engine firing in Mississippi

Jason Davis • July 14, 2016

A test stand problem cut short today's test-firing of a Space Launch System development engine at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

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