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Is NASA Paving the Way for Asteroid Mining?

January 6, 2017 In March 1852, Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis discovered an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, one of several he would find in his lifetime. He named it Psyche, after the Greek word for the soul. Many decades later, the name would take on new meaning. Scientists believe Psyche, one...

The Most Vulnerable NASA Missions Under Trump

January 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About a week before the presidential election, NASA invited reporters to its facility in Greenbelt, Maryland, to look at the observatory it hopes to launch in two years, to a point far beyond Hubble’s orbit, where it will continue that telescope’s search for distant stars and galaxies. Charlie Bolden, the...

The Most Vulnerable NASA Missions Under Trump

January 3, 2017 About a week before the presidential election, NASA invited reporters to its facility in Greenbelt, Maryland to look at the observatory it hopes to launch in two years, to a point far beyond Hubble’s orbit, where it will continue that telescope’s search for distant stars and galaxies. Charlie Bolden, the...

Remembering John Glenn

December 8, 2016 John Glenn, the lifelong pilot, decorated war veteran, and former senator who became the first American to orbit the Earth during the height of the space race, has died. He was 95. Glenn died Thursday in his home state of Ohio, a day after news of his hospitalization was reported....

The Extreme Hazing of the Most Expensive Telescope Ever Built

December 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The James Webb telescope is an incredible feat of human engineering. Its honeycomb-like mirrors, made of super-strong, lightweight beryllium and coated in gold, are designed to see in infrared, to detect the faint light exhaled by distant stars and galaxies. When it launches in two years, Webb, $8.8 billion and...

The Extreme Hazing of the Most Expensive Telescope NASA Has Ever Built

December 7, 2016 The James Webb telescope is an incredible feat of human engineering. Its honeycomb-like mirrors, made of super-strong, lightweight beryllium and coated in gold, are designed to see in infrared, to detect the faint light exhaled by distant stars and galaxies. When it launches in two years, Webb, $8.8 billion and...

The First American to Vote From Space

November 8, 2016 David Wolf won’t mind waiting in a long line to cast his ballot today. In 1997, the retired NASA astronaut voted in a local Texas election while he was more than 200 miles above Earth, on the Russian space station Mir. At the time, humans were still trying to figure...

The FBI's Arrest of an NSA Contractor

October 6, 2016 The FBI arrested a National Security Agency contractor in late August for stealing classified material from the intelligence organization, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. Federal prosecutors have charged Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified...

Edward Snowden's Suggestion for Obama: A Presidential Pardon

September 14, 2016 Barack Obama has been on a clemency kick during his final months in office. Last month he commuted the sentences of more than 200 federal inmates, the most presidential clemencies granted in a single day in more than a century. There will likely be more commutations, and perhaps some pardons...

Jeff Bezos' New Rocket, Built to Carry Payloads and People

September 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Blue Origin, the aerospace company founded by Jeff Bezos, has unveiled the design of a new rocket that will carry satellites and astronauts to space, fly back to land on Earth, and stand almost as tall as the rocket that launched Americans to the moon nearly 50 years ago. Bezos...

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