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NASA's future deep space rocket gets critical endorsement from commercial space group - The Verge

Yesterday, NASA's Space Launch System — the giant, expensive rocket the space agency is building to take astronauts into deep space and onto Mars someday — got a crucial endorsement from an unlikely ally: the commercial space industry. Alan Stern ...and more »

Trump's Advisers Want to Return Humans to the Moon in Three Years - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. The Obama administration wanted to send humans to Mars. But the Trump administration wants to put them back on the moon first, and quickly. That ambition is ...and more »

NASA sent a twin to space to study nature versus nurture – and we're starting to get results - The Conversation UK

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly recently spent one year in space, while his identical twin brother Mark (a former NASA astronaut himself) stayed on Earth. The mission was part of an important health experiment, looking at how being in space affects our ...and more »

Trump advisers' space plan: To moon, Mars and beyond - Politico

The Trump administration is considering a bold and controversial vision for the U.S. space program that calls for a "rapid and affordable" return to the moon by 2020, the construction of privately operated space stations and the redirection of NASA's ...and more »

New 'Space Poop' System Could Fly on Orion Deep-Space Mission -

A new spacesuit system to flush away astronauts' poop will likely fly on the first crewed Orion spacecraft flight, NASA said in an interview with This means that eager innovators could see their waste collection system fly in space between ...and more »

European space agency to help NASA take humans beyond moon - Phys.Org

The European Space Agency says it will contribute key components for a future NASA mission to take humans around the moon within the next few years. Astronauts haven't gone beyond a low orbit around Earth since 1972, when NASA ended its Apollo program ...and more »

These Boots Keep Astronauts From Tripping Over Their Own Feet - WIRED

Moon mission astronauts spent a lot of time on their butts. Those moon walks may have looked bouncy and peaceful, but cumbersome space suits had Apollo astronauts tripping and falling all over the place. And while it might seem silly—especially the ...and more »

Trump's Vision of Space Exploration - The New American

The Trump administration is seriously considering a major new initiative to privatize much of the space sector, promote a return to the moon by 2020, and aim for Mars and other Solar System targets soon thereafter. This, according to's ...and more »

The big changes that may (not) be coming to NASA - SpaceNews

Orion vs Dragon An email suggested an internal NASA competition between "Old Space" vehicles like Orion (left) and "New Space" alternatives like Dragon (right), but others involved in the transition say no such competition is under consideration ...and more »

Here's why a commercial space group endorsed NASA's SLS rocket - Ars Technica

How much will the second flight of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft cost? We don't know. NASA. reader comments. Share this story. This week, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which counts rocket builders SpaceX and Blue Origin among ...and more »