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NASA at 50

Not long ago, when most of us weren’t looking, the space age reached middle age. It’s been 39 years since the first moon landing, 43 since the first...

Will NASA's Reforms Fix Endeavour?

There is no easy way to fix the gouge in the Shuttle Endeavour. In-orbit repair options are limited and, since any fix would have to be made by robotic arms and...

NASA's Budget Blunder

If there's anything more powerful than one good idea it's two bad ones. In the long and often glittery history of American space exploration, far and away the...

NASA Builds Muscles

Call it the first bionic handshake. Last week, when an apparatus resembling the business end of a blender unfurled like lily petals and grabbed an outstretched...

Space: Getting Nasa Back on Track

When the shuttle Challenger exploded off Florida 19 months ago, U.S. space policy also went up in smoke. A series of unsuccessful launchings, including the loss...

Science: Brighter Future for Nasa?

Under the pressure of a growing backlog of unlaunched domestic satellites and increased competition from foreign space agencies, NASA finally received two pieces...

Science: NASA, en Garde!

Europe's Ariane vs. the shuttle Just offshore lies Devil's Island, once the world's most dreaded penal colony. A short distance away, piranha-infested rivers...

Science: Scissor-Wings for NASA

Odd design cuts the cost of high-speed flying Rolling down the runway, the little twin-engine jet looked like any rich man's weekend toy, but as it picked up...

The Moon: NASA's Captain Video

THE stunning telecasts from Apollo 15's landing site involved an army of technicians, a worldwide network of tracking stations and a remarkable new $582,000...

Science: Deflating NASA's Universe

The announcement was truly cosmic. After examining data transmitted from OAO-II, its second Orbiting Astronomical Observatory—which is still functioning...

Has Obama's NASA Strategy Fizzled at Launch?

Never mind the tropical sun. Visit Florida and dis the space program, and the reception you'll get is going to be awfully cool. Nobody knew that better than...

Charles Bolden: The Next Boss at NASA?

The man at the controls of the space shuttle Discovery when it deployed the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 now appears poised to steer NASA into its post-shuttle...

NASA Goes Hollywood?

Even in a town that's seen it all, the pitch being shopped around Hollywood seemed almost too good to be true. An astro-tribe of 20 strangers would go through...

Space: Goodbye to Nasa's Glory Days

Insiders predicted the announcement would come in the State of the Union address in January. But the President's speech passed with no mention of the much touted...

A Bright Star Aloft for NASA

Despite minor glitches, the shuttle's eighth flight goes smoothly It was like the inside of a bonfire." Thus did the pilot of Challenger, Daniel...

Space: NASA Readies a Nighttime Dazzler

Aboard next week's shuttle flight: America's first black astronaut This is going smooth as silk." Thus, with only days to go, NASA Spokesman Jim Kukowski...