Astronomy/Space Exploration

Articles about astronomy and space exploration.

More clues about Obama Space Policy

During the last two weeks, there have been some tantalizing clues as to what the U.S. space exploration policy may look like during President Obama’s administration. First the Obama Transition Team submitted a series of questions to NASA, apparently to gauge various program options and costs for manned space exploration. And then on yesterday morning’s …

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Obama’s impact on the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle

NASA currently is developing the spacecraft and launch systems that will replace the aging U.S. space shuttle fleet. Unfortunately NASA’s current timeline leaves a gap of several years between when the last shuttle is decommissioned and when the new Aries spacecraft is ready to carry humans into space. The problem is one of budget – …

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Is NASA really preparing to announce the discovery of life on Mars?

A number of small items from NASA’s public relations efforts have caught my attention in the last several days, and — like pieces of a puzzle — I’m beginning to suspect that they all fit together in a way that points to a major upcoming announcement about Mars. But unfortunately I also suspect that announcement …

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