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SpaceX Says it Figured Out Why its Rocket Exploded And Will Fly Again Within Days

January 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four months after an explosion tore through its signature Falcon 9 rocket during fueling, destroying the rocket and its multimillion-dollar cargo in just 93 milliseconds, SpaceX says it has isolated what went wrong and is ready to fly again. If the Federal Aviation Administration issues the company a license, likely...

All the Astronauts on the International Space Station Did the Mannequin Challenge

December 29, 2016 French astronaut Thomas Pesquet shared this video of the entire human population in orbit doing the “mannequin challenge,” which likely qualifies as the most expensive on record. Even the Russians participated. But, it’s still not as good as Black Chyna’s rendition. We got the whole crew together and took the...

First Voice Transmission from Space was Eisenhower Wishing Peace on Earth from a Nuclear Missile

December 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In December 1958, the Cold War got a spark of warmth when the U.S. broadcast a holiday message of peace and goodwill around the world—from an orbiting nuclear missile. A little more than a year after Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union to kick off...

Peter Thiel is Pushing Donald Trump to Use Private Space Companies at NASA

December 21, 2016 Peter Thiel is hard at work on Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency—vetting nominees, corralling Silicon Valley honchos, and, now, making sure there is room for private enterprise at the world’s premiere space agency. The controversial tech investor, who this year made a winning bet on Trump that outraged many...

Peter Thiel is Pushing Donald Trump to Use Private Space Companies at NASA

December 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Peter Thiel is hard at work on Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency—vetting nominees, corralling Silicon Valley honchos, and, now, making sure there is room for private enterprise at the world’s premiere space agency. The controversial tech investor, who this year made a winning bet on Trump that outraged many...

What It’s Like to Work at the Department of Energy as Donald Trump Takes Over

December 15, 2016 The Department of Energy is in turmoil as US president-elect Donald Trump’s team moves in to take over. Why? The DOE, mainly responsible for American nuclear programs, is one of the most scientifically driven organizations in government. Its national research labs employ more than 100,000 scientists and engineers; its work...

Biggest Names in Tech Are Meeting with Donald Trump. They Will Have Much to Discuss

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Silicon Valley’s boldfaced names are heading east to pay their respects to the president-elect at Trump Tower. Among the expected attendees at the Dec. 14 closed-door meeting: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, IBM...

What a Trump Presidency Means for NASA and Future of Space Exploration

November 22, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA’s scientific mission doesn’t make the U.S. space agency immune to the politics of presidential transitions. After all, there are billions of dollars of programs and funding at stake. Witness the hand-off in 2008 from President George W. Bush to Barack Obama: The future of an expensive plan known as...

What a Trump Presidency Means for NASA and the Future of Space Exploration

November 22, 2016 NASA’s scientific mission doesn’t make the US space agency immune to the politics of presidential transitions. After all, there are billions of dollars of programs and funding at stake. Witness the hand-off in 2008 from US president George W. Bush to Barack Obama: The future of an expensive plan known...

Trump’s Attorney General Could Scrap Rule Protecting State-Legalized Marijuana

November 21, 2016 The US marijuana industry’s vibrant growth in the grey area of federalism could be threatened by president-elect Donald Trump and his preferred choice for Attorney General, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions, an early backer of Trump’s presidential campaign and an outspoken critic of US immigration policy, is also an opponent...

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