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Orion Test Is the First Step in NASA's Bold Space Program

Fred Gregory | Posted 12.17.2014 | Science
Fred Gregory

NASA's successful launch of the Orion spacecraft was an important step, but it is only like dipping a toe in the cosmic ocean. In fact, the future of U.S. space leadership is being starved by lack of funding. Continued neglect will harm our national security, and our economy.

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.

An Important Anniversary for the Spaceflight Industry

Eric Stallmer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
Eric Stallmer

Having worked in the spaceflight industry for just under 20 years, I can testify that for an industry full of rocket scientists, we can be a pretty sentimental bunch.

What a Bollywood Movie Would Be Like on Mars

Seriously Skewed | Posted 11.30.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

So what would a Bollywood movie set on Mars be like? Pretty much what most earth-bound Bollywood movies are like (although to be fair, the industry has come a long way), and it goes something like this.

New Galaxy Map Gives Solar System A New Address

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuance...

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.

New Restrictions on NASA Contracts Compromise U.S. Leadership in Space

Michael Lopez-Alegria | Posted 08.24.2014 | Science
Michael Lopez-Alegria

Flying our astronauts should be a national strategic priority, and NASA should be free to continue expanding its use of public-private partnerships and building on its successes.

Donating $10 Can Win You A Trip To Space.. Because You've Always Wanted To Be An Astronaut

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact

Would you carpe diem and travel into the great unknown? If your answer is "yes," donating to a worthy cause could make your dream a reality. With t...

The Space Age, Race and a Quiet Revolution

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Mae Jemison

Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.

Black History is NASA History Too

Charles F. Bolden, Jr. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

I am proud to be among the pioneering cadre of Black astronauts who broke both gravitational and color barriers when we first blasted off into space.

Islamic Leaders Issue Fatwa Prohibiting One-Way Trips to Mars

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 04.26.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

You may be wondering why anyone would want to take a one-way trip to Mars, and honestly I wonder that myself. However, Dutch company Mars One plans to do just that, and they received over 200,000 applicants vying to take the trip.

One More Jewel in India's Space Crown

Bharath Gopalaswamy | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Bharath Gopalaswamy

India has realized a decades-old dream by launching its first satellite into orbit last week, and doing it on a rocket built with its own technology.

Celebrating Ten Years of Road Trips on Mars

Vicki Cobb | Posted 03.12.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

These books will interest adults and open everyone's eyes to the kind of books kids should be reading to meet the CCSS; if only more teachers and administrators were aware of them.

Now Is the Time to See Jupiter!

David J. Eicher | Posted 03.05.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

Jupiter is at maximum brilliancy, reflecting the greatest amount of sunlight straight back to us, and it's also visible all night, rising at sunset and setting at sunrise.

WATCH: 6 Biggest Space Science Discoveries Of 2013

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The year 2013 saw a wealth of discoveries, insights, and milestones that advanced the fields of astronomy and other space sciences. From extrasolar p...

5 Ways Outer Space Taught Us About Earth in 2013

Lauren Lyons | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science
Lauren Lyons

Some of the stories that most need telling are not the big-ticket tales of human spaceflight and new exoplanet discoveries. For most people, it's the less flashy things that can mean the most in the lives of people right down here on Earth.

A Strange Confluence of Flights

Frank Braun | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Frank Braun

I didn't look into the exact time that Apollo 11 launched, nor when John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane hit the water. It was remarkable enough to me that both flights had happened on the same day.

Is There Rock on Other Planets?

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

The first Earth-sized planet with approximately as much rock as Earth has been identified, raising the possibility that we might not be rocking alone ...

WATCH: What It's REALLY Like Inside Space Capsule During Reentry

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 11.14.2013 | Science

If you thought the movie "Gravity" was intense, then get ready for the real thing to blow you away. The video above shows what it's really like to...

Terrible Cell Phone Reception? Blame The Sun

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.11.2013 | Science

Stop blaming AT&T and Verizon; all those dropped calls you’re experiencing may be coming from the sun. Eruptions of hot gas, called solar storms,...

The Impact of Sex in Space

Saralyn Mark, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Science
Saralyn Mark, M.D.

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.

Asteroid-Capture Mission Flooded With Ideas

LiveScience | Tariq Malik | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A NASA call for novel ideas on how to tackle its ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon has paid off...

5 Popular Misconceptions About NASA

Lauren Lyons | Posted 09.09.2013 | Technology
Lauren Lyons

Despite NASA's award-winning social media and web outreach efforts, there are still massive gaps between the public's perception of the agency, and the reality. And unless you are a big space geek like me with daily space Google alerts, it's not unreasonable to be a bit confused.

WATCH: Meteorite Streaks Across Russian Urals

AP | JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

MOSCOW -- With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 ato...

Buck Wolf

VOTE: Which Face Is More Beastly (Weird News Top 10)

HuffingtonPost.com | Buck Wolf | Posted 02.10.2013 | Weird News

What kind of animal would tattoo his name on his girlfriend's face 24 hours after they met in person for the first time? That could only be a human...