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The new moon mission

by Victoria Craig Nov 27, 2019
This week in Spain, European research ministers are discussing how to allocate as much as $14 billion over three years to the European Space Agency.
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Amazon wants to deliver broadband from orbit

by Justin Ho Apr 8, 2019
Amazon recently confirmed plans to provide internet connectivity from orbit.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a press conference in Santa Monica, California.
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GPS glitch could confuse navigation devices on April 6

by Jack Stewart Mar 18, 2019
Older equipment may lose its grip on space and time when its clocks roll over.
A taxi driver uses a navigator while driving in Tokyo.
TARO KARIBE/AFP/Getty Images
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U.S. space economy set to blast off in 2019

by Molly Wood Jan 2, 2019
Will America be leading the way?
Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo takes off for a suborbital test flight of the VSS Unity on December 13, 2018, in Mojave, California. 
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At SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell's job is to solve the problems that others can't

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 12, 2018
"If there were no issues, then you don't need me," Shotwell says.
As SpaceX's chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell leads the company day to day.
NASA HQ PHOTO/Flickr
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How much would it cost to create a military Space Force?

by Molly Wood Nov 27, 2018
The answer depends on who you ask.
One of the few photographs of Neil Armstrong on the moon shows him working on his space craft on the lunar surface. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission is celebrated July 20, 1999.
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When Hollywood producers need to get the future right, they call a futurist

by Molly Wood Sep 13, 2018
Hulu releases "The First" tomorrow, a series set in the 2030s about the first human mission to Mars.
Hulu's "The First" imagines what the first mission to Mars might be like.
Courtesy of Paul Schiraldi

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What "Armageddon" got right about space drilling, and what it (mostly) didn't

by Molly Wood Aug 16, 2018
Little about the 1998 blockbuster is true to life, but mining asteroids and comets is "humanity’s future, I’m pretty convinced of that," one expert says.
From left, Steve Buscemi, Will Patton, Bruce Willis, Michael Duncan, Ben Affleck, and Owen Wilson are on a mission to save Earth from an asteroid in “Armageddon.”
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Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

by Associated Press Aug 9, 2018
The White House envisions the force as a separate military branch, which would require levels of infrastructure and various kinds of military and civilian leadership.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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The International Space Station has an AI assistant. No ... it's not evil

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Shaheen Ainpour Jul 5, 2018
CIMON, a floating AI robot will help astronauts on the International Space Station.
Matthias Biniok with CIMON.
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