CIO Briefing

Space: Trump's Least Controversial Frontier

Unlike in other policy areas, the president can pay significant attention to the U.S. space program with little risk of backlash.

CIO Briefing

America's Space Commanders Rattle Their Lightsabers

A steady drumbeat of remarks from Pentagon officials suggest they’re worried that warfare in orbit could soon become a reality.

Emerging Tech

Elon Musk’s Moon Mission Would Vault SpaceX Past NASA

The company plans to take two people—not astronauts, but private citizens—on a trip around the moon next year.

Emerging Tech

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

The plan could dramatically shift the mission of the space agency, prioritizing low-Earth orbit activity over distant exploration.

Emerging Tech

The Most Vulnerable NASA Missions Under Trump

Reading the tea leaves on the president-elect’s space policy

Emerging Tech

The Extreme Hazing of the Most Expensive Telescope Ever Built

The James Webb Space Telescope, $8.8 billion and 20 years in the making, is undergoing rigorous testing to make sure it can survive launch.

Emerging Tech

Jeff Bezos' New Rocket, Built to Carry Payloads and People

The founder of spaceflight company Blue Origin announced Monday the design of an orbital rocket called New Glenn.

Emerging Tech

What One Year of Space Travel Does to the Human Body

After months aboard the International Space Station, Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are coming home.

Data

When Computers Started Beating Chess Champions

On this day 20 years ago, a machine defeated a sitting world champion for the first time.

CIO Briefing

John Boehner on NSA: The Senate Must Act, But 'We’ll Certainly Look at What They Do'

The House speaker's remarks on Thursday suggest his chamber hasn't written off a "clean" renewal of the Patriot Act.

CIO Briefing

Ted Cruz Tells NASA to Stop Worrying About Climate Change and Focus on Space

The Texas Republican and likely presidential candidate told NASA’s chief Thursday to focus on “what inspires little boys and little girls across this country.”

CIO Briefing

Why the Pentagon Announced the U.S. Airstrike in Iraq in a Tweet

These days, the Obama administration is trying to make its own national security announcements before everyone else does.