NASA's New Horizons spacecraft returned images, such as this one, to improve maps of different regions of Pluto.
December 30, 2015 The year 2015 was a busy one for science, with discoveries on many fronts. Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser offers thoughts on a few.
Ellen Stofan (from left), chief scientist of NASA, and astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti, Serena Auñón and Cady Coleman.
September 15, 2015 The women plus NASA's chief scientist came to talk space exploration, women in STEM, and common misconceptions. Oh, and which foods they wished they had in space.
June 22, 2015 The short film Wanderers is a beautifully realized vision of all the places waiting for us in our cosmic backyard, if we can just find a way to sustain humanity, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
Filmmaker and musician Melvin Van Peebles' new album with the London band The Heliocentrics is titled The Last Transmission.
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November 15, 2014 Famed film director Melvin Van Peebles joined the band The Heliocentrics to create music inspired by the sounds and signals of deep space exploration.
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File photo of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
November 5, 2014 The crash of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft has renewed criticism of commercial space exploration. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says disasters and loss of life are the cost of pushing humanity's limits.
An artist's view of BoldlyGo's SCIM mission in which a probe would skim the Martian atmosphere capturing dust particles and returning them to Earth.
BoldlyGo Institute, Inc.
September 9, 2014 Looking over the state of U.S. science funding these days, it's hard not to get depressed. But the BoldlyGo Institute challenges us to remember that the stakes are too high to give up.
July 25, 2012 Contributor Adam Frank has an op-ed in The New York Times that argues we're not going to be traveling the cosmos any time soon, if ever.
July 24, 2012 Left to other real or imagined urgencies, the singular sense of purpose and promise that space exploration brings can be easily put off until next year, next election, next budget cycle. Eventually, it may be forgotten altogether.
The SpaceX Dragon module, held by the International Space Station's robotic arm.
May 30, 2012 Should we send humans or robots into outer space? With private interests taking over the space race, it's hard to see us out of the game.
January 25, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie looks ahead to the Florida primary and recaps the week in politics. In the second hour, the future of U.S. space exploration and Florida's Space Coast, and examining the problem of prescription drug abuse.
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