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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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It's now been three months since Orion's flight. I caught up with the program's manager and lead flight director to find out what they learned from the test flight, and what they're doing to prepare for the next mission in 2018.
A few hours earlier, Orion had made a spectacular launch from Florida, and Sarafin, the lead flight director, had steered its ascent to nearly 4,000 miles in space, then ensured a safe, fiery return to Earth. Outside mission control, the public applauded as the uncrewed Orion soared in early December and NASA took its first step toward sending humans back into deep space. Orion's flight - success for NASA after a difficult decade in human space...
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Let's save money and time, have SpaceX launch Orion into space from now on!
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If offered a free ride into space aboard a private rocket a surprisingly low number of Americans -- 28 percent, according to a new poll -- would accept. 

http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2015/02/would-you-accept-a-free-ride-into-space-most-americans-apparently-wouldnt/
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Here's my initial take on the President's budget request for NASA.
The President released his $18.5 budget request for NASA today. NASA administrator Charles Bolden called the President's budget "a clear vote of confidence" in the space agency. It marks a $500 mil...
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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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We're starting to get some clarity on when SpaceX will make its first Texas launches.
During last year's groundbreaking of a launch site in South Texas, SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said the first launches from the location would begin no earlier than late 2016. But overall, the...
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SpaceX has a chance tonight, if the weather holds, to turn new space from science fiction into reality. Here's why...
Today, weather permitting, SpaceX will launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the DSCOVR satellite. Of far more interest to me, and most space buffs, however, is the effort by the rocket company to re...
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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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