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NASA: The Next Generation

  • Onward & Upward Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:37 AM ET
    Astronaut

    Our special report, "NASA: The Next Generation," explores  the impact of the space shuttle's end to the future of the agency and America's place in space.

  • Change In The Coast Line Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 6:02 PM ET

    The fear in the area surrounding Kennedy Space Center is that when the Shuttle program ends this month, it will become the "Ghost Coast".

  • Hard Landing In The End Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:23 AM ET
    Space Shuttle Endeavour

    From Florida's Space Coast to contractors in Connecticut and Georgia. jobs and business will be lost — some, probably forever.

  • Staying In The Race Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:23 AM ET
    Buzz Aldrin stands on moon surface with US flag during Apollo 11 mission.

    The end of NASA’s space shuttle program will limit U.S. manned flight in the short term but is unlikely to threaten the country's long-term competitiveness in the space sector.

  • Next Stop: Deep Space Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:22 AM ET
    Artist rendering of the Sierra Nevada Corp. Dream Chaser, which justreceived $80 million from NASA. It is one of the new generation ofprivate-sector space vehicles that will carry humans and cargo to theInternational Space Station.

    The space agency is leaving the low-orbit travel to the private sector and focusing its R&D efforts on exploring deep space.

  • A Pension Black Hole Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 9:15 AM ET

    The nation’s space agency has budgeted more than half a billion dollars to cover retirement funds due to thousands of workers at a long-term shuttle contractor.

  • Commentary: Lift Off For The Private Sector Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:22 AM ET

    With the final space shuttle flying, many wonder, what’s next? Well, tighten your seat belt. The second great space race is about to begin and it could shave two to three years off astronauts' down time without something American to fly.

Videos

  • Rich Guys & Space     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 5:01 AM ET

    Jane Wells reports on how entrepreneurs with deep pockets and a love of space are funding the new space race.

  • Cali Private Space     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 5:00 AM ET

    Jane Wells reports on private space venture with Elon Musk of SpaceX and Jeff Greason of XCOR.

  • Final Shuttle Launch     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 6:40 AM ET

    NASA's last shuttle is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral today, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.

  • Last Space Shuttle Launch     Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 5:20 AM ET

    CNBC looks at whether the last space shuttle launch will mark the final frontier of space exploration. CNBC's Tom Mackenzie reports.

  • US Investments in NASA     Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 7:45 PM ET

    The US has spent $209.1b on space shuttle since its inception, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.

Interactive Features

  • Poll: Future Of The Shuttle? Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:35 AM ET
    NASA: The Next Generation - A CNBC Special Report

    Supporters say it is premature without a replacement to the space craft, while opponents say the returns don't justify the cost. 

  • Quiz: Spaced Out? Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:31 AM ET

    How much do you know about NASA's space program? Take our quiz.

Slideshows

  • Twelve Movies About NASA Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:28 AM ET
    This July, the agent of American space exploration better known as NASA, will launch its last shuttle - marking the final flight for the 30-year program, and quite possibly, the end of an era in film. Worlds beyond our own have served as fodder for a national fascination, most dramatically reflected on the silver screen. Since the first American went into space, filmmakers as well as audiences have embraced the astronaut-as-hero narrative in present, future, and even animated forms. Starting in

    Have we lost our connection to the cosmos? Click back in time to see 12 movies that chronicle our story of space.

  • Inventions By Kids Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 2:37 PM ET
    Most kids are creative—they color and make up games—but some kids get  creative and use their imagination to invent new products.“Kids are natural innovators,” said Jon Dudas, who used to work for the but is now the president of an organization designed to help foster innovations by kids in science and technology.Dudas said Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and the inventor of the Segway personal transporter, got his first patent for an insulin pump when he was 17 years old. “His mom had to sign

    Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs AND the trampoline were invented by kids? Here are 10 cool and inspiring inventions by kids — and how they did it!

  • Biggest Government Contractors Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    Contracted in 2010: $13.07 billion* Total 2010 revenue: $15.68 Contracted in 2011, so far: $1.84 billion  Although USASpending.gov lists L-3 Communications of New York, New York as having $7.6 billion in 2010 contracts, the company’s 2010 Annual Report gives a much clearer number, with the discrepancy likely due to different naming conventions within USASpending.gov. L-3 describes itself as a “prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance syst

    As the U.S. moves closer to the so-called "Fiscal Cliff", big ticket government spending areas like defense programs are likely to be at the center of the debate.

  • Tech Futurism Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 1:53 PM ET
    What does the future hold for technology? If Cisco's "Chief Futurist" Dave Evans is correct, it will be the stuff of science fiction. Literally. Everything from unfathomably fast computers to teleportation will crop up in the next few decades. And it's not just technology that will change. Information itself will change, according to Evans. By 2060, he predicts that 95 percent of what we know will have been discovered in the last 50 years. So what we know today will make up only 5 percent of our

    What does the future hold for technology? If Cisco's "Chief Futurist" Dave Evans is correct, it will be the stuff of science fiction. Literally.

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