October 3, 4: On September 23,the United States government announced a new policy with a commitment not to use antipersonnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula and not to assist, encourage, or induce other nations to use, stockpile, produce, or transfer antipersonnel mines outside of Korea.
James Michael Knauf recalls the history, and the accomplishments, of that launch vehicle over nearly three decades. Tuesday, September 4, Endorsing openness for NASA astronauts Last week, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine suggested that astronauts should be able to do commercial endorsements and other media deals in order to help make the agency more popular.
Mackenzie argues that if the agency really wants to do that, it needs to be more open in how it assigns and reassigns astronauts to missions.
Tuesday, September 4, Making contact with extraterrestrial intelligence has long been a theme of science fiction. Vidvuds Beldavs examines how one recent trilogy by a Chinese author explores that topic in a new and compelling way.
Tuesday, September 4, Asteroid mining ventures that announced plans to harvest space resources several years ago have since suffered financial setbacks or have pivoted to other fields.
Jeff Foust reviews a book whose lead author remains as optimistic as ever about asteroid mining. Cameron Hunter and Bleddyn Bowen argue that the concept is neither as new nor as alarming as some claim.
Mike Snead discusses the need for a more rigorous airworthiness approach to ensure the safety of those flying such vehicles and for the growth of the overall industry. Monday, August 27, Measuring the progress in space access, 25 years after DC-X This month marked the 25th anniversary of the first flight of the DC-X, a vehicle at the time that promised to usher in a new era of reusable launchers.
Jeff Foust examines the progress that has been made, particular in the last five years, on lower cost and more frequent space access. Monday, August 27, Review: The Astronaut Maker George Abbey, the former head of the Johnson Space Center, was one of the most powerful figures at NASA during his time at the agency, but one who preferred to work out of the limelight.
Brian Weeden explains why the US needs to become more engaged in international discussions on space security issues or risk ceding that leadership to China and Russia.
Ajey Lele examines why India would invest in a human spaceflight program with a such a short-term deadline. Jeff Foust reports on a new initiative to make greater use of CubeSats and other smallsats for NASA science programs, including in fields that had previously eschewed such spacecraft.
Monday, August 20, Rethinking the Mars terraforming debate A recent scientific paper appears to kill the idea of being able to terraform Mars. John Strickland argues that the paper ignores other approaches to making the planet more habitable that, while not feasible now, are also not impossible at some point in the future.
Monday, August 20, Recent years has seen more private sector funding of space activities, often in cooperation with government agencies. Jeff Foust reviews a book that tries to argue for a purely capitalist approach to space exploration, cutting the government out entirely.
Monday, August 6, The robotic space station Space stations have been associated with crewed facilities since the early days of the Space Age, but can a station carry out missions without people on board?
Gordon Roesler argues that advances in robotics technologies enable the creation of uncrewed space stations that can support new missions, and new markets, in Earth orbit and beyond. Jeff Foust reports that the hearing covered a lot more ground than just the state of astrobiology research at the agency.
Monday, August 6, Anywhere but in the water During the early Space Age, capsules carrying astronauts splashed down in the ocean.
However, John Charles notes there was consideration of using the a version of the mid-air capture system used for retrieving film canisters returned from space as a way of recovering astronauts.
Monday, August 6, Review: Apollo Mission Control Preparations for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 are underway, including the restoration of the mission control room used for the mission. Jeff Foust reviews a book that provides a technical history of that control center and efforts to restore it to its appearance a half-century ago.
In any case, Jeff Foust reports on what a panel discussion last week involving the current NASA administrator and two of his predecessors had to say about the past and future of the agency.
Monday, July 30, Space Force and international space law As the Trump Administration considered setting up a establishing a Space Force as a separate military branch, what space law issues does it pose? Babak Shakouri Hassanabadi argues that, despite prohibitions in international law on many types of military space activities, there are cases where a military space force would be consistent with treaties.
Monday, July 30, A century before the Apollo landings, Jules Verne penned a story about a human mission around the Moon. Eric Hedman argues that the classic book is worth a second read. Monday, July 30, Review: Limiting Outer Space The s was a decade of retrenchment for spaceflight after the early successes that led to landing humans on the Moon.
Jeff Foust reviews a book that examines some of the cultural effects in the United States and Europe of that dispiriting decade in spaceflight. Jeff Foust examines those plans and the issues the companies, and the government, face to make those plans a success.The Navy Times is the oldest and most trusted source for news and information about U.S.
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