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NASA's Next Frontier Is Washington

The space agency is in limbo as it waits for direction from Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress.
Source: Hyungwon Kang / Reuters

Only one president’s name came up during the new Congress’s first hearing about NASA this week: John F. Kennedy.

This makes sense. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology gathered on Thursday to discuss the “past, present, and future” of NASA, as the name of the hearing suggested, and no president was more instrumental in shaping that past than Kennedy. There was no surprise when one congressman from Colorado reminded the panelists at the hearing that Kennedy chose “to go to the

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