The design of the new NASA rocket draws on key systems from the space shuttle and Ares programs. The agency anticipates launching the first demonstration version of the rocket by 2017.
There's plenty of room for improvement. But contrary to the rhetoric, the US has plenty of technical workers and American students have not slipped in science, math over the past 15 years, studies show.
A US college degree has been the gold standard. But global economics and a crisis of confidence may be pushing the US down in rankings among top universities.
According to President Obama, NASA needs a goal beyond the space station and the moon for human spaceflight to inspire the nation as the Apollo mission did. He has chosen Mars.
Lawmakers and former astronauts have lambasted President Obama for scrapping a moon mission. Thursday, Obama will defend his vision for NASA space exploration through human spaceflight.
NASA's test flight of its successor to the space shuttle, the Ares 1-X rocket, went off without a hitch Wednesday. The buzzword among mission managers: triboelectrification.
But will NASA's Ares 1-X wind up leading to a rocket with no place to go?
It'll cost an extra $3 billion a year to keep a viable program aloft, a review panel says.
A panel moves closer to recommending where NASA should fly next, and how.