If the U.S. seeks to send a manned space mission to Mars or reach similar such milestones by the end of the 2020s -- or sooner -- it need provide no more than it did in the 1960s: funding, political will, and presidential accountability.
For all the Star Wars and Star Trek resonances in this mission, Robert Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the Moon seems a better fictional precursor.
The announcement this week of an asteroid mining venture -- backed by Google executives, the Perot Group, and James Cameron, among others -- is precisely the sort of item that conjures both absurdity and horror in its full implications.
Innovators like Steve Jobs don't just happen -- they are grown. The question is how? The simple answer is: young minds must be challenged and engaged.
I believe we will go to space because we have to in order to continue our growth as human beings. There is little choice involved.
If you're in New York City before Aug. 12, I wholeheartedly recommend seeing Beyond Planet Earth.
is it all over? Is heroic exploration now only past tense? Possibly. But I suspect that the banality of a world lacking in secrets -- a globe whose every acre can be perused with the click of a mouse -- is only a temporary setback.
People, like asteroids, are set on a path by those early forces and continue on that path throughout their lives, for better or worse, unless other forces alter its course. And, like asteroids, we are often unaware of the course we are on or what propels us down that path.
Let's use the $38 billion Congress wants to flush down the toilet of history to save NASA by funding useful programs that will actually open the frontier and get the agency back to exploring almost right away.
The shuttle program ended this week just as we celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Apollo. It is poetic and yet sad. It also begs the question, what ne...
The asteroid Apophis might crash into the Earth on April 13, 2036. NASA says that the chance of impact is slim, but actor Bruce Willis is counting on it.
The US space program is in the midst of a historic revolution. The White House's plan to hand over low Earth orbit activities to the rising US commerc...
God wants to give us a chance; those were just warning life-killing boulders of rage and rock hurled near us at incredible speed. But the message is clear: either stop Glenn Beck and Kelsey Grammer, or suffer the consequences.
Thanks to serendipity, we have visited a brand new world few had even known was out there. Cool.
The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal is like an asteroid hurtling toward Earth: It's huge, it's widely destructive and if it slams into ou...
This one-minute video excerpt comes from a special colloquium celebrating the 25th anniversary of the SETI Institute.