articles tagged: human spaceflight
this is your brain on cosmic rays
# space

this is your brain on cosmic rays

We knew cosmic rays were a danger to astronauts' bodies, but it turns out they're hazardous to their minds as well.

transforming politics one spaceflight at a time?
# politics

transforming politics one spaceflight at a time?

Should we take Apollo astronauts' advice and send our politicians into space to give them a sense of scale?

why getting humans to mars will not come cheap
# space

why getting humans to mars will not come cheap

If we're going to go to Mars and do it right, we should be ready for the price tag.

spacecraft design is best left to the experts
# space

spacecraft design is best left to the experts

Lawmakers are now openly telling NASA exactly what rocket to build, what engines to use, and from what companies to buy them.

tackling the high cost of exploring space
# space

tackling the high cost of exploring space

While we lament the high cost of exploring space, the truth is that we have the money and plenty of it, plus, investing in R&D will yield trillions in economic development.

never send a robot to do a human’s job
# tech

never send a robot to do a human’s job

Robots are a critical component of space exploration. But they're just that, a component.

do we really need another apollo?
# space

do we really need another apollo?

NASA is trying to replay history at the cost of keeping its launch systems and exploration programs stagnant.

to boldly go. maybe. if it’s in the budget.
# space

to boldly go. maybe. if it’s in the budget.

Thanks to budget constraints and slow-walking replacement vehicles, NASA is about to left without a way to get humans in orbit without paying Russia for a ride.

happy space exploration day
# space

happy space exploration day

Every year, Russia celebrates the first human flight into space, but not how, or why, you might think...

colonizing space, at a profit
# space

colonizing space, at a profit

How do you explore space and make money? Weird Things brainstorms with science writer Dr. Ian O'Neill.