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U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives for a press conference at the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations in Stanford, California, on July 24.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Incredible Shrinking Defense Secretary

James Mattis accepts tactical retreats to retain influence with Donald Trump. But the losses are piling up.

Astronaut Bruce McCandless II participates in an extravehicular activity outside the Challenger shuttle during the STS-41B mission in April 1983. (NASA)

Trump’s Space Force Faces Hurdles in the Pentagon and Congress

The U.S. president's plan could put him at odds with his defense secretary.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Billionaires May be the Future of Space Travel

Privately funded space ventures are altering the industry … and, maybe, the final frontier itself.

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Expedition 28 flight engineer during a planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk Jul. 12, 2011. (NASA via Getty Images)

Mars-a-Lago: Can the Trump Administration Get Us Beyond the Moon?

Experts doubt a coherent space policy from the Trump administration.

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Hello, Death Star: Russia Had a Secret Cold War Space Station Equipped with Cannons

The clandestine celestial war between superpowers isn't over. It's just getting more high-tech.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, UNITED STATES:  The crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery (front row) Payload Specialist Chiaki Mukai and Mission Commander Curt Brown; Payload Specialist John Glenn; (C) and Mission Specialist Pedro Duque depart the Operations & Checkout building and head to the Space Shuttle Discovery to begin their mission into space from the Kennedy Space Center, FL 29 October 1998. Glenn, 77, a Payload specialist on Discovery was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. Discoverys crew will conduct a variety of science experiments in the pressurized SPACEHAB module and deployment and retrieval of the Spartan free-flyer payload.  AFP PHOTO Tony Ranze (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Godspeed, John Glenn. God Help Us, America.

The passing of a hero reminds us of a time when America’s leaders and aspirations inspired us.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30:  Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, with a Powerpack unit the background unveils suit of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities at Tesla Design Studio April 30, 2015 in Hawthorne, California. Musk unveiled the home battery named Powerwall with a selling price of $3500 for 10kWh and $3000 for 7kWh and very large utility pack called Powerpack. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Elon Musk Isn’t Religious Enough to Colonize Mars

Silicon Valley wants to explore space as tech entrepreneurs. We should be traveling as pilgrims.

PINGTANG, CHINA - MAY 07: (CHINA OUT) Aerial view of the construction site of a Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) on May 7, 2016 in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province of China. The dish-like telescope, as large as 30 football fields, will be completed in September 2016.

Innovations: Can China’s Super-Sensitive New Telescope Talk to E.T.?

Plus, a sub that stays dry, a B2-inspired battery, and a DNA scanner that catches poachers red-handed.

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Innovations: Why the Future of War Might Look Like Vegas

A naval laser light show, a cactus-inspired hydrogen car, and a new way to keep space clean.

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The Asteroid Miner’s Guide to the Galaxy

U.S. companies are preparing to tap the solar system’s riches. But will they share the trillion-dollar deep-space market with hungry foreign competitors?

Servicemen of Ukrainian volonteers battalion of Donbass unload ummunition from Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) in the village of Shirokine, Donetsk region on June 6, 2015. US President Barack Obama urged fellow leaders of the G7 to stand up to "Russian aggression in Ukraine" as he enjoyed a traditional Bavarian welcome ahead of their summit in Germany. AFP PHOTO/ ALEKSEY CHERNYSHEV        (Photo credit should read ALEKSEY CHERNYSHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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This picture taken on July 29, 2015 shows the five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) under construction in Pingtang, southwest China's Guizhou province. China has started assembling the world's largest radio telescope, which will have a dish the size of 30 football pitches when completed, state media reported as Beijing steps up its ambitions in outer space. CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing to Chinese Humans: Please Move So We Can Hunt for Aliens

Chinese officials announced Tuesday that more than 9,000 people would be relocated to make way for a massive telescope.

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