However, the same can be said of the deep oceans. Actually, we know much more about the Moon and even about Mars than we know about the oceans. Bymaps and globes depicting the complete lunar surface were produced.
Jason Callahan explains what that means for NASA missions under development, and why some scientists might not be that surprised. Jeff Foust reports on two alternative approaches under study for doing planetary exploration, involving philanthropy and coalitions.
Monday, November 12, For decades, engineers have tried to develop spaceplanes that can operate like aircraft, only to suffer technical shortfalls. John Hollaway argues that the failed efforts to develop Nasa and space the final frontier essay vehicles mark the limits of the space launch industry.
Monday, November 12, Review: Out There While astrobiology has become an increasingly mainstream science, it is still grappling with some of the central questions about the existence of life beyond Earth. Jeff Foust reviews a new book that takes a serious look at the field, without taking itself too seriously.
Monday, November 12, NASA is current planning development of the Gateway orbiting the Moon to support lunar exploration in the s. Taylor Dinerman discusses why, if the Gateway is going to be built, it should be designed to last for decades.
Monday, November 5, Turning space policy into space regulation A space policy directive earlier this year instructed various departments to engage in commercial space regulatory reform efforts. Jeff Foust reports that, as those policies become proposed rules, industry is keenly interested in their progress and concerned in some cases about the lack of details.
Mark Whittington argues that a new Moon race is shaping up between the United States and China, with stakes no less significant than in the s.
Monday, November 5, A new documentary discusses the invention of GPS, focusing on a Pentagon meeting 45 years ago. Richard Easton says that the film has a number of inaccuracies about how GPS was actually developed.
Monday, November 5, When spacecraft die Two NASA spacecraft are in the final days of operations as they run out of fuel, while a rover on Mars remains silent nearly five months after a dust storm swept across the planet. Jeff Foust reports on the impending demise of Dawn and Kepler and the last-ditch efforts to restore contact with Opportunity.
Monday, October 29, Making peace with the SLS Since its introduction more than seven years ago, some space advocates have openly fought against the Space Launch System, beleving it to be a flawed, expensive vehicle. Monday, October 29, Putting astrobiology at the heart of NASA science Astrobiology has gained increasing prominence in space science in the last 25 years thanks to better understanding about the potential habitability of worlds inside and outside our solar system.
Jeff Foust discusses a recent report from the National Academies that examines how NASA should build upon its existing activities in astrobiology. Monday, October 29, Recent and upcoming anniversaries in spaceflight have prompted a number of books examining the history, and future, of space exploration.
Jeff Foust reviews one such book by a prominent space historian that offers a broad overview of spaceflight.
Monday, October 29, At the recent International Astronautical Congress, there was significant enthusiasm for lunar exploration by companies and governments alike. Monday, October 22, What constitutes a truly disruptive technology in the field of spaceflight? Monday, October 22, A comparison of American and Japanese space policy structures While the National Space Council in the United States has taken on a renewed role in shaping national space policy, Japan has a similar framework for developing its own space policies.
Monday, October 22, Review: It also, Jeff Foust reports, illustrates how tenuous our hold on space remains, six decades after the beginning of the Space Age.
Monday, October 15, So, you want to become a cosmonaut? Inside the cosmonaut selection process In August, Roscosmos announced a new class of eight cosmonauts which had been selected from a pool of just applicants. Tony Quine examines the process by which Russia selected those cosmonauts, including the views of one candidate who fell short of being selected this time around.
Jeff Foust reviews the two, including examining how the film compresses 60 years into 90 minutes. Monday, October 15, Debating reusability The landing and reuse of Falcon 9 first stages has become increasing routine, but that does not mean everyone is convinced reusable rockets always make sense.
Jeff Foust reports on some objections to reusability, as well as a defense of reusability by a key SpaceX executive. Monday, October 8, Express elevator to Hell: Dwayne Day recounts some of the efforts after the Mariner 10 flybys in the s to send followup missions to the planet, overcoming technical and other issues.
Monday, October 8, Review: Andre Bormanis says the filmmakers had to deal with the unique challenge of a movie about a man like Armstrong, resulting in a worthy film that is still somewhat disappointing. Beyond Earth For six decades, NASA and other agencies have been launching robotic missions beyond Earth orbit to study the solar system and the universe.
Jeff Foust reviews a new NASA history that provides an overview of every one of those missions, successful or not. Jeff Foust reports from a recent conference panel where the current administrator was joined by five of his predecessors to discuss how their challenges have changed, while sometimes remaining the same.
Monday, October 1, Space Force: Monday, October 1, A liftoff at last for a rocket engine agreement Last week, after months of anticipation, United Launch Alliance confirmed what most people in the industry thought would happen when it selected the BE-4 engine from Blue Origin for its Vulcan launch vehicle.
Jeff Foust discusses how this agreement entangles two companies who are cooperating and competing simultaneously.
Monday, October 1, The legal mandate for a US Space Force The announcement this summer by President Trump of the creation of a Space Force has raised questions about whether its legal justification under international law.
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