Pursuing the goals of the U.S. space program presents an extraordinary opportunity for the administration's second-term agenda. A path to a strong manufacturing base, STEM education, advances in clean energy, and ultimately a thriving middle-class, goes through space.
Like my haircuts, my birthdays never turn out just the way I want. Somebody important forgets to call and then I realize this is just a day like any other day in history. The next thing I know I'm two skim lattes into a blog post about my irrelevance in the world.
By Naveen Jain Entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain is a trustee of Singularity University and X Prize foundation and a Founder and Chairman of...
In these complex times, are Americans in favor of human exploration of the Mars? The answer is an unequivocal, "Yes." The optimism that we are frequently told is slipping away is still there. It is just waiting for us to start pushing against the boundaries of all that is possible.
We like to separate the Apollo and Shuttle eras in our mind (and the five-year interregnum period without crewed flights makes it easy to), but in 1981, Apollo was still part of recent memory, with many key players like Young and Kranz still working at NASA.
The Curiosity Rover is a fantastic example of research and development, a solar powered machine, designed to collect information from Martian soil, to establish whether or not there ever were or ever will be suitable conditions to harbor life in that planet.
As much as we celebrate writers and poets as speakers of truth, sometimes I can't help but think that the real voice of a generation is someone like Stephen Hawking.
It is highly likely that the generation that will first step foot on Mars is already with us. Assuming these individuals are still of school age today, "The Mars Generation" will have a much different perspective of the world than previous generations.
NASA is famous for lots of things. Monkeys. Mercury. Gemini. Apollo. Space Station(s). Space Shuttles.
The nation that put humans on the moon and inspired generations of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math is now paying Russia to transport Americans to and from the International Space Station.
Clad in a gentle pink suit, cream blouse and pearls, she could have been the wife of a Methodist Minister or Headmistress at a conservative girls' school. But the demur package was only a veneer.
Still wondering how we blasted an SUV-sized robot to Mars last year? Curious what the Curiosity rover is doing up there right now?
There is evidence now that, in spite of the perception at the time, the United States was not behind the Russians in STEM education and space technology in 1957. But today, the evidence is very clear and very different.
The head administrator of NASA made a surprise landing on Jan. 28 in an unusual place to promote the farfetched idea of bringing the Jewish and Arab communities of Israel together -- through research into outer space.
President Reagan spoke about the sacrifice of the Challenger crew and promised that they would never be forgotten; that the exploration of space would continue. Yet I don't believe that the lethargic careful dipping of our toes into the interstellar ocean is paying tribute to them.
I could have been chopping vegetable, frying up salmon patties, browning sweet potato fries, and chopping onions for years; I could have been serving coffee and juice, refilling napkins and flatware and handing out numbers since 1988 instead of since 2010.