Who knew Ian Anderson, front-man for the seminal rock group Jethro Tull, is a space aficionado? The singer and flautist, who grew during the Cold War...
Why is an episode about victory named after one of the most famous defeats in world history? Is it because the crushing blow to Napoleon proved to be a smashing victory for the British Empire and its allies?
It seems that, without ISS, American manned space travel beyond 2020 will have to go "all-in" on the politically controversial destinations of the Moon, an asteroid or Mars to keep itself relevant.
Repeat after me... Z-vez-da? Remember that word, because you'll be hearing it a lot over the next few months, and probably years.
There's lots of great science going on on the International Space Station, involving not only professional scientists but tens of thousands of students who have participated in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. And now there's another way for kids, parents, and teachers to be a part of the human adventure of space exploration: Story Time From Space.
Assuming the Russians themselves don't decide to stop selling the RD-180s to ULA, Judge Braden's concerns should soon be alleviated and the sale of these engines should continue as normal.
The launch Friday of SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is important for at least three primary reasons. First, be...
The dilemma for the West is how to really punish Russia and make it suffer without inflicting similar pain and suffering on itself.
The current troubles with Crimea, and the souring of the relations between the United States and Russia, has led to a series of actions by NATO countries sure to drive Russia's political reactions to ever more troubling extremes. Could the International Space Station become another casualty?
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While NASA's administration has stated that the deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations has not endangered the U.S. mission at the International Space Station, it is clear that the reliance on Russia as a manned space flight partner has serious risks attached to it.
I guess I've always been a little bit cynical -- not much, mind you, but enough to cause me to look at the current happenings between Russia and Ukraine with a slightly jaundiced eye. How might this affect our relationship in outer space? Is Russia a friend, or are they a foe?
Each of us seems to think ours is the only worthwhile goal. And of course we also each have our own favorite spacecraft, our own perfect solutions and systems and approaches, and everyone else be damned, because my way is the space highway.
I believe both sides -- those who are pro-toasters in space and those who are pro-studs to the stars -- are lost, losing, and will in the end be seen as engaged in a dated and rhetorical dance that will have no meaning, if the rest of us choose the right path moving forward.
Academics are influential, because they are perceived as uniquely able to evaluate all sides with equal rigor, free from bias or obligation. If that is to continue, they must be completely transparent about their sources of funding.