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Why the United Arab Emirates Is Building a Space Program From Scratch
It isn’t just about getting into orbit.
International Collaborations in Space Always Reflect Politics on Earth
A brief history of the countries that send people to space, and why.
Keeping an Eye on Climate Change
Private satellite companies are providing critical information about sea-level rise and more.
The Proper Role of NASA
The space agency supports exploration. After that, private businesses should take over.
The Terrestrial Challenges to Nigeria’s Ambitious Space Program
The country had early success with satellite launches, but it’s since been thwarted.
Russia’s Space Program Is Struggling Mightily
It’s the only country that regularly sends humans to orbit. But its long-term prospects don’t look great.
A Martian State of Mind
Did the CIA really astrally project to Mars in 1984? We asked a psychic spy.
Why India Is Investing in Space
It isn’t just about the country’s rising nationalism.
We Need to Stop Talking About Space as a “Frontier”
The language we use matters, especially when it’s deployed in the service of envisioning possible futures.
Space Exploration Isn’t Just About Science
If India or China beats the U.S. to Mars, it will feel like a military defeat.
When We Explore Space, We Go Together
Leaving Earth requires international collaboration.
Your Cheat-Sheet Guide to the New Space Race
Who’s who in space exploration, the lingo you need to know, and more.
Why Are India, Luxembourg, and Other Countries Getting Into the Space Race?
An introduction to our Futurography series on the new geopolitics of space.