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Space Exploration

Reborn Space Telescope Makes Major Discovery

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 12.22.2014 | Science

Call it the comeback of the year. Last year, equipment failure caused NASA to deem its $600-million Kepler space telescope irreparable. But since t...

Pre-Holiday Jerry Brown Preps for Term 4

William Bradley | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown was resolute when I raised the latest disappointing round of UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru with him. "California will lead the way," he declared. "Have no doubt."

Spaceship That Could Take Us To Mars Set For Test Flight Tomorrow

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.05.2014 | Science

Tomorrow is a big day for NASA. On Dec. 4 at 7:05 a.m. EST, the space agency is set to launch its Orion spacecraft, a new capsule that one day may ...

A Different Kind of Space Story

Art Dula | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science
Art Dula

In recent years, it seems that the allure of space has once again captured the minds of a generation.

4 Strategies NASA Used to Market the Moon

Markus Giesler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Markus Giesler

Most people look at NASA as a space agency and at my childhood projects as natural activities. However, NASA is probably one of the most successful marketing agencies in the 20th century and my childhood is evidence of its enduring influence on society.

NASA Is Building a Sustainable 'Highway' for Unprecedented Deep Space Exploration

Dan Dumbacher | Posted 11.20.2014 | Science
Dan Dumbacher

In early December, NASA will take an important step into the future with the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft -- the first vehicle in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations in deep space.

Do We Have What It Takes to Explore Space?

Chris Carberry | Posted 11.20.2014 | Science
Chris Carberry

The recent accidents at Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences have stimulated an important discussion not only for space exploration, but also for our national economic future: What level of risk are we willing to accept in order to advance technology and exploration?

Beyond a Comet, Pluto Looms

David J. Eicher | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

On December 6 the New Horizons spacecraft, en route to Pluto and its system of moons since 2006, will come out of hibernation mode. This marks the first step in setting up for the flyby of Pluto and its moons that will occur on July 14, 2015, giving us our first-ever thorough look at what many consider to be the last great frontier of the Solar System.

From 3D Printers to Self-Replicating Machines

Tim Ward | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Tim Ward

I've seen the future. It looks like a microwave oven, but inside, a small robot arm is zipping away, making things. As I watched this working three-D printer on display at the main in BHV department store in Paris, I remembered seeing my first fax machine in the 1980s.

Alien Message From Space: We Want Dr. Matt Taylor's Bowling Shirt!

Spencer Green | Posted 11.17.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a remarkable development, scientists have received a message from deep space in which aliens want to know how and where they can get the bowling shirt of hot, scantily-clad women worn by Rosetta physicist Matt Taylor.

Interstellar Travel? Nah! (Part 2)

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Any technology we have today, or any extension of it that we can actually build, will not match the challenge of interstellar travel, especially at a price human society will care to pay. Here is what I recommended instead.


Dwight Brown | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The script, by director/writer Christopher Nolan and his brother, writer Jonathan Nolan, doesn't let the film get off the ground, literally, for 50 minutes. It meticulously, laboriously sets up the backstory and the reason why a trip to outer space is a do-or-die mission.

Space Missions Are Never 'Routine'

Mario Livio | Posted 11.04.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

While the potential for various mechanical and electronic failures is always on the mind of everyone involved with large and ambitious space endeavors, these are always treated as challenges that need to be overcome, rather than as deterrents.

The Dismal Future of Interstellar Travel

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 12.14.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

I have been an avid science fiction reader all my life, but as an astronomer for over half my life, the essential paradox of my fantasy world can no longer be maintained. Basically, science tells us that traveling fast enough to make interstellar travel possible requires more money than society will ever be able to invest in the attempt.

It's Time To Take The Science Out Of Space

Brian Clegg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
Brian Clegg

Going into space is not really a scientific endeavor at all. It may be done for any or all of political, commercial, sociological -- even spiritual -- purposes, but it isn't too much about science. We need to separate our thinking here.

Wait for It...

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

We needed this break between Apollo program and current missions to send humans to Mars, for three big reasons.

Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I'm not sure even Mother Teresa or Gandhi could crack the top-tier of this list. I'm thinking Mars One is looking for far more than qualified and intrepid space explorers; they're looking for super heroes -- or at least the super heroic.

Amazing Map Shows Every Space Probe Now Exploring Our Solar System

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.03.2014 | Science

They say outer space is a lonely place, but a new chart shows that some regions have gotten a bit crowded. It purports to show the positions of all th...

Mars: It's All About the Life

Chris Carberry | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science
Chris Carberry

Life on Mars is inevitable. Now, such a statement may sound audacious, farfetched, and maybe even just a little bit crazy. It might be viewed as being just a wild prognostication about finding extraterrestrial microbial life on Mars - but it is based firmly in the realm of reality.

WATCH: Bill Nye Asks If E.T. Is Worth A Cup Of Coffee

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science

How much would you be willing to spend to find alien life? As Bill Nye explains in a new video, it might not cost you much more than a cup of java. ...

I'm With Stupid: If the Satellite's A-Rockin' Don't Come Knockin'

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.01.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

OK, you can relax now, people. The big crisis in Russia is over. Everything is going to be all right. Well, maybe not everything. I mean, there's sti...

Moon Landing Anniversary Reminds Us That NASA and Space Exploration Are Worth the Cost

Wallace Fowler | Posted 09.20.2014 | Science
Wallace Fowler

Some argue that spending money on space is not a good investment, or that it is a luxury that we cannot afford. I believe that space exploration is a very sound investment.

A Timeless Gift

Victoria Oldridge | Posted 07.18.2014 | Science
Victoria Oldridge

The man who personified the intellect and boldness to soar to the moon and back was as human as the rest of us. Despite the 600 million people that sat captivated in front of their television set and witnessed his accomplishment, he still struggled with a deep-seated yearning to be truly seen.

Basic Safety Is Not Negotiable in Human Space Exploration

Doug Cooke | Posted 09.16.2014 | Science
Doug Cooke

Today there is widespread agreement that Mars is our human space exploration "horizon goal." There seems to be less agreement on how safe future human space transportation should be. Public opinion is increasingly influenced by uninformed opinions on social media.

Jennifer Bendery

Congressman: We Need Neil DeGrasse Tyson To Get People Excited About Going To Mars | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers met Wednesday to tackle a daunting task: how to keep Congress committed to investing hundreds of billions of dollars int...