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Sending Apollo 8 to the moon was a risky mix of cold war politics, bravery, and the faith of one man, George Low, in his engineers.
December 19, 2008 | By Michael Klesius
There’s a huge hubbub in the press revolving around alleged “obstructionism” at NASA toward the Presidential Transition team. As this rather overwrought piece at the Orlando Sentinel has been posted and commented upon endlessly at several web sites, I do not propose to rehash it. Instead, I want ...
December 12, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
The Space Shuttle Endeavour safely landed at Edwards yesterday, completing a highly successful 16-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS), which celebrated a decade of continuous operation last week. It’s common in my business of planetary science to complain about the ISS, how it suc...
December 01, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
Considerable buzz was generated in space circles last week when The Planetary Society, the keepers of Carl Sagan’s flame, released a report that recommended a re-orientation of the Vision for Space Exploration. This report was based in part on the results of an invitation-only workshop held at Sta...
November 18, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
I am in Bangalore, sitting awake in my hotel room at 4 am. Last night was a memorable and exciting experience. Chandrayaan-1, in lunar orbit since last Saturday, released its Moon Impact Probe (MIP), designed to descend and hit the Moon at high velocity, sending images and other data as it went. ...
November 15, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
The editors of Air & Space magazine have asked me to continue blogging on lunar exploration, the space program in general, and the relationship of both to broader society. I am happy to do so. This is my first post on the new blog, “The Once and Future Moon.”A brief word about that name. Peo...
November 09, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
The next lunar explorers will soon report to Houston. Are some already there?
November 2008 | By Michael Cassutt
Three more people will soon move into the International Space Station—and they’ll be drinking, um….
October 30, 2008 | By Michael Klesius
A U.S. scientist reports from the scene of India's first lunar launch.
October 21, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
At the start of a new partnership, U.S. and Russian space travelers learn that every long journey begins with a single step.
October 2008 | By Tom Harpole
A small band of rogue rocketeers takes on the NASA establishment.
September 29, 2008 | By Michael Klesius
Urban nightscapes are among the most beautiful sights in orbit.
September 16, 2008 | By Don Pettit
Forty years later, we’re about to see what the moonwalkers left behind.
September 2008 | By Tony Reichhardt
A new probe to a Martian moon may win back respect for Russia’s unmanned space program.
September 2008 | By Anatoly Zak
Elon Musk tries again to reach orbit, with hopes for low-cost spaceflight riding on the outcome.
July 17, 2008 | By Geoffrey Little
A Japanese camera spies a moonscape last explored by astronauts a generation ago.
June 16, 2008 | By Tony Reichhardt
The International Space Station says hello to its newest addition, made in Japan.
May 2008 | By Dan Barry
Fifty years after launch, Vanguard 1 remains in orbit.
May 2008 | By Rebecca Maksel
Planetary rovers might some day trade their wheels for something simpler.
April 29, 2008 | By Greg Soltis
Three space station astronauts are glad to be back on terra firma after an off-course landing in a Russian Soyuz capsule.
April 2008 | By Michael Klesius