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Opinion: Awakening the Sleeping Satellite—The Value of Human Lunar Exploration

A photo of the Moon from Earth orbit, taken by the crew of the International Space Station. Will our natural satellite harbor humanity’s next outpost in space following the retirement of the ISS? Image Credit: NASA

I blame you for the moonlit nights when I wonder why are the seas still dry? don’t blame [...]

New Mission Concepts for SLS With Use of Large Upper Stage

Boeing recently released a proposal for a new upper stage for the SLS Block I configuration that would enable the launch of even heavier payloads to deep-space destinations. Image Credit: NASA

Boeing recently released a set of proposals for new missions beyond low-Earth orbit for NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, utilising a newly [...]

Deputy Administrator to Leave NASA

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. Photo Credit: NASA

It is reported on several space news sites that NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will be leaving NASA in early September and will be taking up a position with the Airline Pilots Association. Some might wonder why NASA’s Deputy Administrator would leave at this time, and her [...]

Spaceflight Pioneer Sally Ride Loses Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Sally Ride was the first U.S. female astronaut to fly in space. Ride rode fire to orbit twice on missions STS-7 and STS-41G on the space shuttle. She lost a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012 – she was 61. Image Credit: Christopher Paluso and San Diego Air and Space Museum

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NASA Astronaut Scott Altman Speaks to College Students and Staff

NASA Astronaut Scott D. Altman speaks to students and staff at West Virginia University. Photo Credit: Alan Didion and Cathy Lally

Contributors: West Virginia University Engineering Students and Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration (SPACE) members Alan Didion, Cathy Lally, and Amanda Thorp

NASA Astronaut Captain Scott Altman [...]

Trouble Understanding The Value of Space Exploration

During yesterday’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, its Chairman Senator Jay Rockefeller asked the question how does human space exploration matter, not only today, but in the future? He also wanted to know how human space flight helps the human condition, sufficient to its budget, in America?

Senator Rockerfeller doesn’t see why [...]