Forty Years After Space Race, What's Next?
July 20, 2009 The first astronauts — swaggering test pilots and fighter jocks — set NASA's original can-do tone. But after NASA reached the moon, senior people left and were replaced by management types. NASA's dynamic has slowed, but the sheer distance to Mars is not to be underestimated.
July 21, 2009 Forty years ago, the Cold War pushed the United States to the moon. Now, NASA hopes to return to the moon to further scientific exploration, technology development and economic expansion. But some groups think instead of focusing on the moon, NASA should invest in traveling to places like near-Earth asteroids.
July 17, 2009 We missed the deadline set by 2001: A Space Odyssey, but private companies are trying to realize the potential for space tourism. One firm hopes to offer safe, regular flights within the next three years. But the price remains out of reach for most.
July 16, 2009 After three years of painstakingly thorough searching, NASA has concluded that the original tapes of the first manned moon landing are most likely lost forever. However, with the help of tape restoration experts, the agency has refurbished the existing footage.