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A bi-partisan letter from 32 members of the U.S. House urges the White House to structure a “safe, focused and expeditious return of American astronauts to deep space exploration on an American rocket launched from American soil.”

The lawmakers, led by Steven M. Palazzo, chair of the House Science Subcommittee, and Donna F. Edwards, the ranking Democrat on the same panel, hail from 14 states and every region of the U. S. Palazzo, a Republican, comes from Mississippi and Edwards, from Maryland.

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Credit: NASA

NASA has released its 2014 Strategic Plan, with the space agency’s Office of Strategy Formulation identified as the responsible office.

“Our long-term goal is to send humans to Mars. Over the next two decades, we will develop and demonstrate the technologies and capabilities needed to send humans to explore the red planet and safely return them to Earth,” explains NASA chief, Charles Bolden, in the opening...

Want your own glimpse of Apollo 11’s grab and go samples from the Moon, in all 48 pounds (22 kilograms) of rock and soil specimens?

This collection has been created through collaboration between The Open University in the United Kingdom and the NASA curation facility.

You can now examine Apollo 11 thin sections using the Open University’s Virtual Microscope.

The Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences Project aims to...

A prototype starshade is a giant structure designed to block the glare of stars so that future space telescopes can take pictures of planets. Credit: NASA/JPL

In the space scheme of things, often times nature suggests a solution.

Take for instance a new approach for snagging images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.

The “made in the shade”...

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