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.
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.
The space agency is leaving the low-orbit travel to the private sector and focusing its R&D efforts on exploring deep space.
From Florida's Space Coast to contractors in Connecticut and Georgia. jobs and business will be lost — some, probably forever.
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.
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.
Supporters say it is premature without a replacement to the space craft, while opponents say the returns don't justify the cost.
Is space exploration a wise investment given the nation's budget problems?
Amidst calls for deep government spending cuts, the privatization of the space age may be the solution.
The fear in the area surrounding Kennedy Space Center is that when the Shuttle program ends this month, it will become the "Ghost Coast".
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How much do you know about NASA's space program? Take our quiz.
CNBC looks at whether the last space shuttle launch will mark the final frontier of space exploration. CNBC's Tom Mackenzie reports.
NASA's last shuttle is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral today, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.
The US has spent $209.1b on space shuttle since its inception, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.
Jane Wells reports on how entrepreneurs with deep pockets and a love of space are funding the new space race.
Jane Wells reports on private space venture with Elon Musk of SpaceX and Jeff Greason of XCOR.
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.
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.
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