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Why Women Weren't Allowed to Be Astronauts

March 23, 2017 When the Apollo astronauts went to space in the 1960s, Mae Jemison was a little girl in Chicago, watching the historic launches along with the rest of the country. She remembers being irritated that the crew members all looked the same: They were all white men. Where were the women,...

Elon Musk’s Moon Mission Would Vault SpaceX Past NASA

February 28, 2017 SpaceX is planning to send two people for a trip around around the moon in late 2018, Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, announced Monday. Two passengers—private citizens, not astronauts—will launch inside a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon Heavy rocket for a weeklong, 400,000-mile loop around the moon. The space tourists...

Seven Earth-Sized Planets Have Been Spotted Around a Nearby Star

February 23, 2017 In late 2015, in the Chilean desert, astronomers pointed a telescope at a faint, nearby star known as a red dwarf. Amid the star’s dim infrared glow, they spotted periodic dips, a telltale sign that something was passing in front of it, blocking its light every so often. Last summer,...

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NASA: Seven Earth-Sized Planets Have Been Spotted Around a Nearby Star

February 22, 2017 In late 2015, in the Chilean desert, astronomers pointed a telescope at a faint, nearby star known as a red dwarf. Amid the star’s dim infrared glow, they spotted periodic dips, a telltale sign that something was passing in front of it, blocking its light every so often. Last summer,...

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NASA's Next Frontier Is Washington

February 17, 2017 Only one president’s name came up during the new Congress’s first hearing about NASA this week: John F. Kennedy. This makes sense. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology gathered on Thursday to discuss the “past, present, and future” of NASA, as the name of the hearing suggested, and...

Trump's Advisers Want to Return Humans to the Moon in 3 Years

February 10, 2017 The Obama administration wanted to send humans to Mars. But the Trump administration wants to put them back on the moon first, and quickly. That ambition is inside internal documents reported by Politico on Thursday that describe what would be a dramatic shift in mission for NASA. According to the...

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Trump's Advisers Want to Return Humans to the Moon in Three Years

February 10, 2017 The Obama administration wanted to send humans to Mars. But the Trump administration wants to put them back on the moon first, and quickly. That ambition is inside internal documents reported by Politico on Thursday that describe what would be a dramatic shift in mission for NASA. According to the...

China’s Growing Ambitions in Space

January 24, 2017 In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump said that the United States stands “ready to unlock the mysteries of space,” but given that he has yet to outline his NASA policy, it may be months before the country learns what that means. Meanwhile, China is moving boldly ahead with its...

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Is NASA Paving the Way for Asteroid Mining?

January 6, 2017 In March 1852, Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis discovered an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, one of several he would find in his lifetime. He named it Psyche, after the Greek word for the soul. Many decades later, the name would take on new meaning. Scientists believe Psyche, one...

The Most Vulnerable NASA Missions Under Trump

January 4, 2017 About a week before the presidential election, NASA invited reporters to its facility in Greenbelt, Maryland, to look at the observatory it hopes to launch in two years, to a point far beyond Hubble’s orbit, where it will continue that telescope’s search for distant stars and galaxies. Charlie Bolden, the...

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