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.
Last week, as you may recall, I used this space to pay homage to one of man's finest culinary inventions: the doughnut. In short, I confessed to occas...
If we can achieve Mars without a major increase in budget, it would be fiscally irresponsible not to commit. We have made a long-term investment in space. Let's make the most effective use of taxpayer and private dollars and accomplish something bold and inspiring for the nation and the world.
In spite of what you may read in the media, for a majority of NASA employees, it is my feeling that the question has yet to have a valid answer.
Mars could one day be home to one of our species' biggest scientific discoveries of all time (i.e., the discovery of non-Earth life!), or it could become a new home away from home... or it could be both! Either event would change us forever.
A small team at NASA's Ames Research Center has set out to "boldly grow where no man has grown before" - and they're doing it with the help of thousan...
Mars One has an ambitious plan: get the first humans to Mars in 2023. Ten years from now, could we see human boot prints on Mars? Could we watch someone take one small step for a woman and one giant leap toward a television phenomenon not seen since the moon landing?
It's a quiet night in the small central-Illinois city of Jacksonville on October 30, 1938. Lou Lemmons, a 19-year-old-waitress at Winston's Cafe, is...
The Moon! Mars! Asteroids! Rockets! Helium 3! Space solar power! Space tourism! We go through fads, swarm around the hero de jour, and spend far too much time trashing the other guy's ideas in favor of our own.
Just as we set out of the Mountain View's NASA Ames Research Center 583C Building on July 27 on our way to Los Angeles for a tour visit of SpaceX, thr...
It is tempting to ponder the Tea Party exiling themselves to Mars so that the climate activists can finally get a climate bill passed in Congress and solve our Earthly problems. But wishful thinking aside, our mammalian brains must resist the urge to flee.
Apollo not only spawned a wave of space scientists and engineers, it inspired an entire generation in all STEM fields. But Apollo was almost half a century ago. As it recedes into distant history, a new generation needs to have something big that draws children wholeheartedly toward STEM.
Without doubt, discovering proof that Triceratops, Nazis and miscellaneous hardware were once present on the rocky landscapes of Mars is great fun. But if you think that's what you're really seeing, you've been victimized by that soft, squishy organ between your ears.
There are interesting differences between men and women on Earth and in space. Understanding these differences will help promote better health and well being for both sexes on this planet and on Mars.
The "water found on Mars" story is as perennial as Christmas. NASA doesn't need to tell us that again. So why not cut out the seemingly endless stream of robotic middlemen, and just send hardware that will search for life, big or small? Isn't it time to cut to the chase?