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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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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...

SpaceX Blasts Off, and Lands Its Fifth Reusable Booster Rocket This Year

August 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After launching a Japanese communications satellite toward orbit at many times the speed of sound, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster rocket returned unerringly to a floating landing platform early this morning. In true Olympic spirit, it stuck the high-speed landing. It is the fifth recovery of a Falcon 9 booster rocket...

No, Hillary Clinton’s Emails Didn’t Lead to the Death of a U.S. Spy

August 9, 2016 The latest conspiracy theory from Donald Trump is that Hillary Clinton’s unsanctioned email server led to the death of an American spy. Many people are saying that the Iranians killed the scientist who helped the U.S. because of Hillary Clinton's hacked emails. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2016...

All the Nuclear Weapons President Donald Trump Would Have at His Disposal

August 3, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has reportedly taken an interest in the US nuclear arsenal. Just how big is that arsenal? The US has nearly 2,000 nuclear weapons ready for launch, according toan independent count kept by the Federation of American scientists. While 180 are deployed in Europe, the bulk...

US Government Has Approved the First Private Moon Landing

August 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Space company Moon Express says it has received approval from the federal government for a 2017 mission to become the first private firm to land on the moon. “Only three superpowers have ever landed on any planet—we will become the fourth superpower,” Moon Express co-founder and chairman, Naveen Jain, said...