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Space exploration news and analysis from The Nation
July 23, 2021
Billionaires in Space
For the world’s richest men, the stars are up for sale.
March 5, 2021
Don’t Stop Thinking About (Tom) Tomorrow
Cartoonist Dan Perkins increasingly turns to the iconography of science fiction to keep pace with the absurdity of the moment.
July 19, 2019
Is Spaceflight Colonialism?
Fifty years after Apollo 11, it’s time to revisit the laws of space.
June 17, 2019
The Case for Staying on Earth—With or Without Musk and Bezos
Why should we listen to zillionaires who want to abandon ship?
September 25, 2018
Trump’s Space Force Is Putting Us All in Danger
Putting weapons in space is a phenomenal money waster and a threat to global security.
William D. Hartung
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March 27, 2018
Trump’s Brain Is the Black Hole of the Universe
We are all trapped in a dense, Trump-centered vortex.
November 19, 2016
Seeing Mars, Seeing Red
As the climate warms and this planet of ours continues sprinting toward extinction, we’re seeing the cultural fixation with Mars take center stage.
May 18, 2016
The Pundits Are Always Right
There’s no place for ambition in American politics.
July 20, 2015
July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Human Being to Walk on the Moon
“Much has been quite rightly said about the irony of spending billions getting to the moon while the mass of humanity at home lives in a stew of exploding population, poverty and pollution.”
January 28, 2015
January 28, 1986: The Challenger Space Shuttle Explodes After Liftoff, Killing Seven Astronauts
What do you get when fall in love… with lucrative corporate boondoggles?