Management

SpaceX Pulls Ahead of Boeing in the Race to Fly American Astronauts

NASA says both companies are behind schedule—but one is closer to the finish line.

Tech

Too Much of a Good Thing at NASA

The agency’s culture of optimism is essential for launching people and robots into space. But it can lead to problems with budgets and deadlines.

Tech

Who Should Pay for the Mistakes on NASA’s Next Big Telescope?

The space agency has always coughed up the extra cash, but some politicians wonder if the contractor responsible for major errors should pitch in.

Defense

Trump’s Space Force Will Have to Wait

The president has called for the creation of a new military branch. So far, Congress is ignoring him.

Tech

Another Shocking Delay for NASA’s Next Big Telescope

If the James Webb Space Telescope wants to get off the ground, it will need a blessing—and more money—from Congress.

Defense

How Exactly Do You Establish a Space Force?

President Trump has directed his military advisers to create a sixth military branch devoted to the cosmos, but doing so may require an act of Congress.

Management

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

What if you deleted all your emails during vacation and never looked back?

Tech

‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’ Again—But When?

NASA has spent years talking about going to Mars, with little action. Is it about to do the same for the moon?

Management

What Should We Do About the International Space Station?

The Trump administration and Congress are set to collide over the fate of the massive orbital lab.

Management

NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'

“I also know that we human beings are contributing to it in a major way,” Jim Bridenstine said, taking an unusual stance for his administration.

Tech

Helicopters Are Coming to a Planet Near You

... beginning with a tiny chopper that is set to land on Mars in 2021.

Tech

The Solar System's Icy Secret Keeper

Scientists used archival data to search for signs of an ocean beneath Europa, a moon of Jupiter.

Tech

Why Is NASA's Space Telescope Running a Year Behind?

The James Webb will launch in 2020 instead of next year—and it will probably need more money from Congress to do it.

Oversight

Congress Ignores Trump's Priorities for Science Funding

Nearly every science agency stands to get more money under a spending bill that avoids proposed cuts from the White House.

Tech

Who's Running NASA?

An interim administrator has been overseeing the space agency for more than 13 months—and now he’s leaving, too.

Management

How Well Does Trump Understand NASA?

As he praised the work of SpaceX, the president seemed to undermine the efforts of his own space agency.

Tech

Jupiter Will Never Stop Surprising Scientists

NASA’s Juno mission keeps churning out stunning images of the gas planet’s clouds—and more mysteries about what lurks underneath.

Tech

NASA’s Next Space Telescope Is Running Out of Time

The James Webb, Hubble’s successor, may face more delays and even exceed its budget, according to a new government report.

Management

How the Government Shutdown Disrupted SpaceX's Plans

The government shutdown shows just how much budget fights in Washington could derail Elon Musk’s rocket ambitions.

Management

What Happens to Astronauts During a Government Shutdown?

How NASA scales down to a skeleton crew when Congress misses a big budget deadline.