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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
It’s almost a maxim inside Washington, D.C.’s Beltway that NASA is rudderless and twisting in the wind. I don't see evidence for the charge.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Give NASA the money; a broader look at CFD;
the Harford influence

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IN BRIEF
Microbes on Mars; Project Liberty; SETI goes infrared; Iridium terminals

INTERNATIONAL BEAT
Pushback on tech spending; cost-effective helo training; IXV flight details

SCHOOL ZONE
Know your winglets

ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK
Modeling heat off rocket engines
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THE VIEW FROM HERE
NASA’s bid to grab an asteroid — 9 things to know
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OUT OF THE PAST
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
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Features

THE HUMAN FACTOR
Flying Orion to the moon will take astronauts out of low Earth orbit for the first time since the 1970s. What are NASA and Lockheed Martin doing to keep Orion astronauts safe for those missions?
by Debra Werner
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‘YEAR OF THE TELESCOPE’
NASA is pushing development of the Webb telescope into a critical assembly and test phase at a time when investigators at the Government Accountability Office warn there is little room left for error.
by Ben Iannotta
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ANALYSIS: BRINGING CHINA INTO THE SPACE FOLD
Faced with an increasingly active Chinese space program, the U.S. has adopted a “keep your competitor close” strategy.
by Marco Cáceres

TAMING THE UNMANNED SKIES
Safety technologies and regulations have lagged far behind the exploding market for small unmanned aircraft.
by Debra Werner and Philip Butterworth-Hayes


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