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E.T. Won't Be Phoning Anytime Soon

News that astronomers using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope had discovered an Earth-like "Goldilocks" planet where liquid water can exist certainly deserves the attention it has received. In fact, evidence of life surviving--and even thriving--in very unlikely places on Earth tempts one to …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Tuesday December 6, 2011

NASA Budget Grounds Space Probes

Robotic space exploration accounts for a tiny portion of NASA and the federal government's budgets. Yet, despite their merits these programs face deep cuts. For decades, there was debate among space exploration proponents about the relative merits of manned versus unmanned missions. Enthusiasts …

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Written by Kenneth Silber on Thursday March 10, 2011