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NASA has chosen its first four commercial crew astronauts, veterans all, launching as soon as 2017 from U.S. soil.
Today NASA announced that four veteran astronauts would be its first crew members to fly on SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft. During the first of these flights the NASA astronauts wi...
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Some initial thoughts on this morning's devastating loss of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.
It's been a long time, but SpaceX lost a cargo-carrying rocket today. Although it's not clear what happened, the rocket blew up 2 minutes and 19 seconds into its launch this morning (see below). El...
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These are exciting times for planetary science because, for the first time, NASA may be getting serious about searching for life among the outer ocean worlds of the solar system.
On Wednesday the U.S. House Appropriations Committee will "mark up" its 2016 budget proposal for NASA, and much of the attention will focus on cuts to the agency's Earth science budget and not full...
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Today NASA's Advisory Council recommended that NASA scrap its asteroid retrieval mission and instead consider testing its solar electric propulsion system on a mission to Mars orbit, or one of the Martian moons.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. UPDATE: At the conclusion of its meeting the NASA Advisory Council adopted a "finding" that the asteroid redirect mission should be dropped in favor of demonstrating solar electric p...
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Astronaut Butch Wilmore will return to Earth tonight. Here's what it was like to leave them six months ago.
Tonight NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore will land, with two Russian colleagues, in the frigid wastelands of Kazakhstan. I had the good fortune to travel to Kazakhstan six months ago to see his launch,...
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After 60 years rockets are still bombs, and orbital flight remains an experimental enterprise.
Space lies a mere 60 miles above the planet's surface, so tantalizingly close. It shouldn't be that hard to reach, right? After all, humans have sent rockets into space for nearly six decades. Yet ...
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I'm excited about the possibility of clear skies on Tuesday night to see the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.
Let's hope for clear skies next week as the two brightest planets in the sky, Venus and Jupiter, appear very, very close to one another. How close? From Houston they will be less than a third of a ...
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+David Bell forgot! missed it too! sitting outside enjoying quiet rain & drinking cold water no conjunction... I've seen it before though!
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Big day for Houston: 50th anniversary of America's first spacewalk, the opening of mission control and catching the Russians in space.

But it wasn't easy.
[...] the hatch opened. Beyond marking NASA's first spacewalk, the Gemini 4 mission is notable for cementing Houston's place in space lore and catching the Russians in the space race. Since the beginning of the Mercury program, mission controllers had worked in a cramped control room near the Florida launch site. During the previous four years ,the Soviet Union had been showing America up with the first man in space, first woman and, in March,...
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NASA's Earth Science budget has become the flash point of the agency's FY 2016 budget process. The House is seeking deep cuts. In a new article I analyze what might happen in the Senate.
On Thursday the U.S. House Science Committee approved legislation that sets NASA's budget for the next two fiscal years. Often NASA's budget approval has sailed through Congress in a more or less b...
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NASA announced details of its asteroid mission Wednesday, and you may be wondering how grabbing a small rock in space became the face of the space program. Well, here's why...
NASA outlined some of the details of its Asteroid Redirect Mission on Wednesday afternoon. The space agency will launch a robotic spacecraft in 2020 to visit an asteroid far away from Earth, likely...
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"You are forcing me into this answer, and I like to give you real answers," Bolden finally said. "I don't want to try and BS anybody."
If Russia stops flying U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station, the U.S., lacking a backup plan, would have no choice but to abandon the multibillion dollar outpost to its own fate, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Wednesday. Because both countries are dependent upon one another - NASA funds most station operations, and provides electricity and other services, while Russia provides transport and propulsion - the $140 billion sta...
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Writing about space and watching the Gulf coast weather for Houston.
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I cover science for the Houston Chronicle. This page will be focused on my interests in space.

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