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Elon Musk’s Dream of Going to Mars Is SpaceX’s Biggest Strength, and its Biggest Distraction

September 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SpaceX is a company built to go to Mars, but are those ambitions getting in the way of its ability to achieve them? In a few days, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will unveil his plans to explore Mars at a global space conference in Mexico. The event has been widely...

Obama Arrived in New York and Offered a Message About American's Response to Terrorism

September 19, 2016 Speaking as law enforcement officers captured the man suspected of planting bombs around New York City, US president Barack Obama had a simple message. “Showing the entire world that as Americans we do not and never will give in to fear is going to be the most important ingredient in...

NASA Is Launching a Mission to Visit an Asteroid and Maybe Save the World

September 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If all goes according to plan, a NASA spacecraft will slip the surly bonds of Earth tonight to punch the face of an asteroid four years hence. The ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission promises to provide new information about our universe to the scientific community, and further proof-of-concept for commercial asteroid miners...

Trump's Defense-and-Budget Plan Has Been Tried Before

September 8, 2016 Donald Trump is always on the warpath, but his latest expensive folly—a plan to dramatically expand the world’s most powerful military—will definitely hit one target: The U.S. economy. In a speech and an interview yesterday, Trump offered several contradictory takes on how the U.S. should deal with its enemies. Of...

NASA is Launching a Mission to Visit an Asteroid and Maybe Save the World

September 8, 2016 If all goes according to plan, a NASA spacecraft will slip the surly bonds of Earth tonight to punch the face of an asteroid four years hence. The ambitious OSIRIS-REx mission promises to provide new information about our universe to the scientific community, and further proof-of-concept for commercial asteroid miners...

SpaceX’s Lost Rocket Could Upset Global Merger and Delay America’s Human Spaceflight Plans

September 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fire that burst from the top stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, quickly consuming it and the satellite it was to carry to orbit, did more than melt aluminum and crack carbon fiber on a $62 million rocket and throw another wrench into Elon Musk’s already busy day....

A SpaceX Rocket Exploded Before Launch at Cape Canaveral

September 1, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in what could be a major setback for Elon Musk’s space company. Eyewitnesses and local media are reporting a series of explosions that shook nearby buildings and left the rocket in flames, with emergency crews rushing...

The Newest Clinton Emails Show the Banality of Favor Seekers Seeking Favors

August 25, 2016 The latest evolution of the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe has failed to find clear evidence of corruption connected to her family’s charitable foundation, but does show a parade of favor seekers trying to bend her ear while she served as Secretary of State. They also offer a window into the...

China’s New Satellite Puts Quantum Encryption Into Orbit

August 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, China launched the world’s first quantum satellite. So what exactly does this mean? “[T]he satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was launched on a rocket from the Gobi...

China’s New Satellite Puts Quantum Encryption Into Orbit

August 22, 2016 Last week, China launched the world’s first quantum satellite. So what exactly does this mean? “[T]he satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was launched on a rocket from the Gobi...

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