The New Space Age
With the return of Atlantis on July 21, 2011, the space shuttle program officially ended. Never fear. We'll be heading back -- and soon -- if these 10 players from the private sector space race have anything to say about it.
A lunar land rush is the most likely thing in the world (or, rather, out of it). As private companies gaze spaceward with dollar signs in their eyes, it's time to start settling some questions about space ownership, use and management.
10 Space Race Players
Owning the Moon
China in the Space Race
Race to the Finish Line: The Final Frontier
Consult your racing forms, because the space race, once dominated by nationalized thoroughbreds, has opened up to private ponies. Try our new space race quiz and find out if you’re a punter or a piker.
Do you know what that spacecraft is? It's one of the old Soviet space shuttles, and it never would have gotten built without the help of one the tiny countries on our list. Can you guess which one?
Blasting off from the shoulders of giants, China is slowly but steadily getting ready to conquer the next frontier: space. Here are 10 reasons why we're convinced it really might happen.
By the time space shuttle Atlantis touched down after its final voyage in July 2011, a major shift in strategy for space exploration was already under way. What are NASA's newest programs?
Martians, there's a spiffy, new rover in town. If you want to meet this nuclear-powered, laser-toting monster truck of science, head on over to the Gale Crater to get a glimpse.
Don't worry. We still love you, Earth, but we've been wondering about the possibility of life on other worlds for centuries, and now we have the tools to do some exploring. What have astronomers found so far?
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