Courage and patience. Risk-taking. Boldness. Thinking big. All of this language swims against the current political narrative on both the right and the left.Read More
America needs a mission that strains our capabilities, one that’s hard. NASA hard. What in heaven could such a mission be? I’ve been suggesting it throughout this book. It’s the Gravity Well. The next president should enshrine that mission within a vision. It could go something like this...Read More
The good news: current leadership is working on renewing NASA.
The bad news: they’re working without the audacious national mission we need. It’s as if NASA is a boxer training without any fight scheduled.Read More
George W. Bush’s NASA chief, Sean O’Keefe, came into office with some serious problems to solve. The International Space Station had a cost overrun of billions. O’Keefe brought an accounting eye to the agency; in a previous job at the Defense Department, he’d been known as the “Grim Reaper.” Several years after cutting costs at NASA, O’Keefe received another directive from the President: restructure further to prioritize a mission to Mars.Read More