As NASA somberly marks the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger accident, the agency is looking ahead to the retirement of its aging space shuttle fleet later this year. The next astronauts to travel to space may go instead by private spacecraft designed and owned by commercial companies.
But a deadly accident like Challenger could have serious ramifications for the fledgling commercial space industry as it tries to take over the job of ferrying astronauts up to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station.
If you want to terrify Tim Geithner or Ben Bernanke, just start talking about Japan. Frankly, you should probably feel afraid when you hear about Japan's economy.
You know: Economic superpower gets into a financial bubble. The bubble pops, and now — 20 years later — the country can't seem to get itself back on track. Just this week, Standard & Poor's downgraded Japan, telling the world they're worried about the country's long-term ability to pay back its debt.
Colorado got a shout out in President Obama’s State of the Union Address this week, and it was Colorado Senator Mark Udall’s idea that lawmakers from different sides of the aisle sit together, rather than by party affiliation. It’s one of the topics our Media partners at Colorado Public Television and Colorado Inside Out are discussing.