Space Policy: Where we came from, where we're going


Kennedy and Braun

It’s exciting to think about the future of space exploration: new work on the ISS; new organizations joining NASA in space; potential missions to the moon, mars or an asteroid; more powerful telescopes that can see to the very edge of the universe …

But when we’re planning our next steps off the Earth, it’s useful to know where these programs come from, what our goals have been in the past, and what we were willing to pay for them. Keep reading to see how our aims and efforts have evolved, from the first days of the race to space to the shuttle program, the International Space Station and beyond!

Click "Next" to read more about what we spend on space exploration, or tell us how much you think we should be spending by voting here.