• Science Historian: Apollo 11 Quarantine after Moon Landing For Show

    Dagomar DeGroot's research shows that NASA scientists were aware of the tiny, but potentially catastrophic, risk of moon-earth contamination, and that quarantining the spacecraft and crew would do little to mitigate the risk but could convince the public that authorities were taking precautions. 

  • The Dark Side of NASA Under James Webb

    by Ken Lawrence

    Evidence suggests that NASA cut corners on safety to beat the Soviets in the space race; the phrase "the lowest bidder" resonated throughout the space community in the early 1960s.

  • Ike Would Like the New Private Space Race

    by Yanek Mieczkowski

    Wary of government spending and the entanglement of public money with private contractors, Dwight Eisenhower would find much to like in today's billionaire space race. 

  • Fly me to the Moon: Covering the Early Space Program

    by Ron Steinman

    Will people struggling to get through a normal day be inspired by a renewed space program? Will either the government or the media commit for the long haul?  At least I knew there was a time when we all had it in us. For the future, only time will tell.

  • How NASA Sold the Science and Glamour of Space Travel

    by Clyde Haberman

    At the time of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission in the 1960s, some Americans had reservations about the wisdom of reaching for the stars when troubles swelled on Earth.