This Week's Report: Space Program

Fifty years ago this month, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, a milestone in NASA’s storied history that also includes moon landings, the space shuttle and numerous scientific forays into deep space. But the U.S. space program is at a crossroads, torn by disagreements over the next destination for human spaceflight and squeezed by budget cuts and shifting space priorities.

Journalist John Felton covers the full range of issues surrounding NASA’s future in this week’s report. It provides ideal background for classes and papers on science policy, federal budget priorities and, of course, space exploration.

--Thomas J. Billitteri, Managing Editor