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The End of NASA's "Goldin Era" of Space Exploration

After serving for nearly 10 years, Daniel S. Goldin's term as NASA Administrator ends today, and with it comes the end of an era. To replace him, President George W. Bush has nominated Sean O'Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, who many worry is more of…

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Changing Directions for NASA

The proposed New Horizons spacecraft will never make it to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt if Congress approves President Bush’s NASA budget for 2003. Development of nuclear space propulsion, however, gets a big new push.Courtesy JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory and Dan Durda. The Bush administration’s budget proposal for NASA, released this…

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Microbial Niches

Researchers have learned of a bacteria that thrives without sunlight or organic material. Such an organism might be found within the hidden ocean of Europa (seen here in a Galileo image).Courtesy University of Arizona, JPL, and NASA. The discovery of a unique population of microbes deep within the Earth has…

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