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Orion: On Our Way to Mars Again?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

In the midst of a series of technical glitches that delayed the planned launch of the Orion capsule by a Delta IV rocket on Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is reported to have told NBC News, "We're now on the way to Mars, and that's what's most important." Uh, no.

Orion: Hard to Get All Tingly Over NASA's New Capsule

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.04.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

While the first launch of Orion (a program which has already been around for a decade) is an important step, NASA is nowhere close to having its own manned space system.

Why Interstellar Should Be Taken Seriously -- Very Seriously

Paul Stefanski | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Paul Stefanski

Fund NASA, invest in SpaceX, write your congressperson, and vote. Space travel isn't just cool. It isn't just something to do because we can. If Interstellar has anything to teach us, it's that space travel can save our species. The truth is we might need saving very soon.

Interstellar: Imperfect Epic Addresses Big Questions About the Future, Time, Human Nature, and Space Exploration

William Bradley | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Christopher Nolan's first film since the massive success of his Dark Knight Trilogy is a big movie about the future with with big ambitions, big themes, big images, and big questions about human nature, time, and president-day attitudes and policies. Or lack of same.

Interstellar, Virgin Galactic and the Dream of Space

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

There are moments in time when the coincidence of art and reality interact to allow us a glimpse into the context of history. The release of the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar a few days after two catastrophes in our space endeavor gives us one of those moments.

You Only Have To Be Right Once: The Unprecedented Rise of the Instant Tech Billionaires by Randall Lane and the Staff of Forbes

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 11.05.2014 | Books
Sugar Rautbord

208 Pages Published by Portfolio / Penguin Random House The photographs of the young men who have made an instant fortune in Randall Lane's You On...

Musk Issues Big Warning About Artificial Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.27.2014 | Science

Elon Musk is no Luddite, but that doesn't mean he's eager to embrace all new technology. "I think we should be very careful about artificial intell...

NASA's Commercial Crew Vehicles: Practical But Not Sexy

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

The two Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts awarded to Boeing and SpaceX by NASA on September 16 should come as no big surpri...

SpaceX Launches 3-D Printer, Mice Into Space

AP | By MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.20.2014 | Technology

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for ast...

PayPal Co-Founder: 'Monopolies Are Great Companies. Super Competitive Ones Are Not'

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

Peter Thiel, an entrepreneur and investor, co-founded PayPal and the data analytics firm Palantir Technologies. He made the first outside Facebook inv...

SpaceX Fail? Great!

Greg Autry | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Greg Autry

Testing a truly new rocket has always involved failure. In fact, the development of any complex and innovative product should feature an iterative development process. By definition such a process is "failure driven."

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

AP | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology

MCGREGOR, Texas (AP) -- An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site. A...

I'd Like a Couple of Entrees and an Order of Wings With My Spacecraft

Greg Autry | Posted 10.13.2014 | Technology
Greg Autry

I love Mars rovers and cool space stations as much as any baby boomer, but the harsh reality is that America cannot afford a space program whose mission is to boost national prestige or serve as a white-collar jobs program. To justify its existence NASA must drive the private sector forward in space, not the other way round.

The Rocket's Green Glare

James Moore | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
James Moore

The SpaceX decision to build a launch facility near Brownsville will, eventually, be considered a historical moment that began the transformation of the Rio Grande Valley. However, SpaceX is only the most high-profile development in a series of investments being made in this 120-mile stretch of the Texas-Mexico border.

Elon Musk Is Making Good On Promises To Stephen Colbert

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

Four years ago, Stephen Colbert doubted that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk could make an electric car people would buy. Now the comedian drives a Tesl...

Tech Startups With Federal Purse Strings

John McLaughlin | Posted 08.17.2014 | Technology
John McLaughlin

Startups can live or die by the depth of their investors' pockets, but some have stumbled on what can often be the most reliable source of funding -- contracts with the federal government.

Global Pioneers Are Inventing a Better Future

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Molly Alexander Darden

Beginning with the Revolutionary War, America's capacity to care for our multitude of physically and mentally wounded warriors has proven woefully inadequate.

Celebrity School: Because Lana Del Rey Cannot Deal With Feminism Right Now

Shanrah Wakefield | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Shanrah Wakefield

It's important that celebrities are educated and well versed in issues and movements relevant to our world, particularly those relevant to their young audience. The fact is that it is not okay to dismiss the feminism debate as boring.

Elon Musk Unveils Spacecraft To Ferry Astronauts

AP | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 07.29.2014 | Science

HAWTHORNE, California (AP) — A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft Thursday designed to ferry up to ...

Russia Sticks It to US, Bans Export of RD-180 Engines

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

There is great irony to all the fuss during the past few months about the possibility that the Obama administration might block the continued sales of Russian RD-180 liquid-fuel engines to United Launch Alliance of Denver as a way of punishing Russia for its government's annexation of the Crimea and ongoing meddling in eastern Ukraine.

Injunction Against RD-180 Engine Sales May Have Implications for US Rides to ISS

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

Assuming the Russians themselves don't decide to stop selling the RD-180s to ULA, Judge Braden's concerns should soon be alleviated and the sale of these engines should continue as normal.

Rick Fleeter's Personal Satellite Revolution Has Begun

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

The launch Friday of SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is important for at least three primary reasons. First, be...

Supply-Laden Rocket Finally Lifts Off

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning ...

New Glitch Delays Rocket Launch

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 06.14.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer because of a rocket leak. With just over an hour r...

NASA Mulls Ambitious Plan To Fix ISS Glitch

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 06.12.2014 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A computer outage at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts and threatens to delay next w...