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As NASA embarks on another effort to return humans to the Moon, it's worth reexamining how much it cost to get them there the first time, 50 years ago. Casey Dreier presents a new detailed analysis of those costs, which approach $300 billion in tolday's dollars.
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Fifty years ago this month, President Nixon formally cancelled the Manned Orbital Laboratory program. Dwayne Day notes that, years earlier, an unknown Air Force officer predicted the program's fate.
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Through a series of space policy directives, the Trump Administration has called for a series of reforms to commercial space regulations, from launch to remote sensing. Jeff Foust reports that many in industry are finding that this regulatory streamlining isn't working out quite as they expected.
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Long before "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon", an MIT class in the 1960s examined how it could deflect a threatening asteroid. Dwayne Day examines how the concept leveraged the Saturn V and other Apollo-era technologies.
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A new drama for Apple's upcoming streaming video service is about an alternative history regarding the race to the Moon. Mark Whittington wonders if it will capture viewers' interest.
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One hundred years ago, astronomers observed a solar eclipse that provided them with evidence confirming Einstein's theory of general relativity. Jeff Foust reviews a book that examines the development of general relativity, and its effect on astrophysics in the century since that famous eclipse.
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Last week NASA announced a new initiative to stimulate further commercial use of the International Space Station and separate commercial platforms in low Earth orbit. Jeff Foust reports on that effort and how it conjures up memories of a similar effort nearly two decades ago.
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One of the major questions of the Apollo program is what role CIA intelligence on Soviet efforts played in decisions such as sending Apollo 8 to the Moon. Dwayne Day examines what insights the CIA offered NASA that could have shaped such decisions.
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David Shomper had a unique role for the Apollo 11 mission that put him atop the Saturn V rocket -- literally. Thomas Frieling interviews Shomper on the unique role he played on that mission.
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Ever since SpaceX launched the first Starlink satellites last month, astronomers have raised the alarm about the effect those satellites would have on the night sky. A.J. Mackenzie argues that those astronomers have not done a good job making their case.
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