Two trajectories to Mars by the 2030s

In a Nov. 8, 2021 op-ed, “When will we finally set foot on Mars?” we argued that NASA should provide greater clarity and definition concerning how humanity will return to the Moon by the mid-2020s and then go to Mars by the mid-2030s. Since then, NASA Administrator Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonWhy science and religion … Read more

NASA adviser quits after request to change name of James Webb telescope denied

An adviser for NASA wrote an open letter on Tuesday on why they decided to quit after a request to change the name of the James Webb Space Telescope was denied by the agency. Lucianne Walkowicz, who is nonbinary, wrote that they were resigning “because NASA’s handling of the questions regarding James Webb as a … Read more

Technology is easy but politics is hard for NASA’s Lunar Human Landing System

If Americans are returning to the lunar surface for the first time in 50 years, they will need a ride to take them the last 60 or so miles of their journey. SpaceX has already won a contract for an uncrewed test flight and then the first crewed mission. Blue Origin, which lost that round, … Read more

How will Biden’s Afghanistan debacle impact NASA’s Artemis return to the moon?

The chaos that erupted in Afghanistan following President Joe BidenJoe BidenMilley says civil war ‘likely’ in Afghanistan Southeastern parts of Louisiana could have power restored as late as Sept. 29 It’s time to transform our unemployment system MORE’s withdrawal of troops should have nothing to do with NASA’s Artemis return to the moon program. The … Read more

Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos wages lawfare on NASA and SpaceX

Say what you will about Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosCan SpaceX’s Elon Musk help NASA get back to the moon by 2024 after all? Amazon planning large physical retail stores: report Bezos’ Blue Origin sues NASA over award of lunar lander contract to Musk’s SpaceX MORE, but he is not a quitter when it comes … Read more