NASA needs a "disciplined" approach to human space exploration, with clear "pathways" and well-defined shutdown points if a particular approach isn’t working out, according to a detailed National Research Council (NRC) report on U.S. human space exploration released June 4. The product of 18 months of work, the 285-p., congressionally mandated report also calls for heftier contributions by the U.S. space agency’s international partners, and says laws blocking ...

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