NASA scientists are still trying to determine by exactly how much Martian super PACs pre-date those on Earth and whether or not their contributions to political speech have been helpful or hurtful.
Arriving as it will on the heels of the Olympics, Curiosity will continue the flow of good kind of news we have been witnessing from London to the people of Earth. The mission represents the kind of news we want to hear and see, the kind of news that inspires us.
American space exploration, built around manned space flights, fueled U.S. scientific and technological preeminence in the 20th century. Unmanned space exploration will be the key in the 21st century, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope promises to be an important part of it.
Sally Ride helped to change what the word "astronaut" could mean, and generations of girls have grown up with different ideas about what they could be because of her example.
Forty-three years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Nowadays, the idea of vacation on the moon is gaining traction with the American public.
My friend told me she would like to spend time with me but she can't: When her husband is around other people he is a different person, which makes her a different person. What should I do?
Sunday, July 8, 2012, marks the first anniversary of the last launch of the Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis lifted off LC-39A at 11:29:03 after a very brief delay and began STS-135, the last mission in the three-decade-long program.
For an astrophysicist, perhaps the most amazing aspect of 3D spider webs is how much they resemble computer simulations of the cosmic web -- the filamentary structure of the Dark Matter in the universe.
Despite any inclination to believe yourself among the brightest bulbs around, new research indicates that even when the universe was considerably younger, there were heavy elements enough to spawn planets that could... spawn life.
Just to get to Mars you would have to spend seven months in a "transit habitat" with three other people. I don't know if any Mars One executives have ever seen The Shining, but if they haven't, they probably should.
Last weekend, something very unusual happened -- I found myself in the right place at the right time. That was because the National Space Society was holding its 2012 International Space Development Conference right here in Washington, D.C., just a week after I'd moved in for my Congressional internship.
News like this -- that the galaxy is bristling with potential broadcast platforms -- will only embolden these go-go pioneers. Hand them 160 billion planets and what will they say? What they've been saying all along: They just have to be out there -- meaning them.
They share the goal to see the expansion of exploration but must acknowledge the new economic and political realities we face. Resistance will not help usher in the sustainable future they desire!
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.
There is no pretense that Hollywood aliens might accurately reflect actual inhabitants of the galaxy. But is it all just free-form imagination? Can contemporary science say much about whether these cinematic sentients might be ciphers for the real thing?