An Out-of-This-World Debate Question

Space-policy analysts were as surprised as everyone else at one of the more obscure, but also more intelligent, questions asked in last night’s Republican debate. It was intelligent in both ...

Lost in Space

Almost half a century after the first man went into orbit, and at a time when the federal government is so deeply in debt that no expenditure can be allowed ...

LAWDKI

There’s an old acronym in exobiology: LAWKI — Life As We Know It. That’s what we search for off-planet, because we know what its characteristics are and can postulate environments ...

Billion Wise, Multi-Billion Foolish

I hope that the Deficit Commission is better informed on the 99-plus percent of the federal budget that is not NASA than it is about the space agency and space ...

Space Pork and Astronaut Nepotism

Space policy isn’t typically high on the voters’ agenda, but this year, the issue has been a venue for pork-filled congressional antics of the same type as those that, come ...

Towards a Conservative Space Policy

While I’m not a conservative, some of my best friends are, and I am sympathetic to that philosophy, so it pains me to see such an inadvertently unconservative post on ...
Politics & Policy

Worth the Mission?

Almost a year after its last flight, NASA has begun the countdown to attempt a flight of the space shuttle this coming weekend (weather permitting — a tropical disturbance currently ...