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Obama’s Plan for the U.S. to Go to Mars is Six Years Old and Still a Work in Progress

October 11, 2016 Why is Barack Obama touting his six year-old plans to explore Mars this week? There’s a space conference later this week, but we’ll guess that it has more to do with generating goodwill toward the president’s political party ahead of November’s elections than actually laying a new marker down for...

The SpaceX of China Aims to Commercialize a Mysterious Rocket on the World Stage

September 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S., Russia and European Union all have private rocket companies staking a claim in the burgeoning commercial space business. And now, the first private space company in China plans to add its country’s launch technology to the mix . Landspace, founded in 2015, says it will have its first...

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...

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