Space

Texas History |
June 25, 2019

The Space Issue

This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of the trip that changed the world: the Apollo 11 moon landing. Texas Monthly has written about Texas’s role in the space program for decades, and our July collector’s issue combines the best of our archives with new perspectives on the final frontier.

News & Politics |
June 25, 2019

From the Archives: Can a New Generation of Texans Revive the Dream of Space Exploration?

With NASA’s ambitions trimmed, private space companies come to Texas, dreaming of Mars.

Business |
July 20, 2016

Countdown to Liftoff

Sleek, shiny rockets on sleepy, shifty sands: as SpaceX prepares to build in South Texas, I wonder if my old stomping grounds can handle the inevitable collision of cultures. I sure hope so.

Space |
July 31, 2015

Galaxy Quest

When my wife, Sonia Van Meter, was chosen as one of the Mars One finalists, I realized that my potential loss was humanity’s gain.

Politics & Policy |
April 11, 2014

The Battle of Boca Chica

With support from the Legislature, SpaceX may soon be launching rockets from Texas’ southernmost beach. That doesn’t mean a few nature lovers aren’t still ready to fight.

Business |
November 25, 2013

How Do We Feel About Space Exploration Companies Buying Up A Bunch Of Cheap Texas Land?

Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin have both bought up a lot of land along the border. Brownsville and Van Horn are not exactly where you'd expect to find the cutting-edge vanguard of private, high-tech space exploration. 

January 21, 2013

RIP, Sally Ride

What people are saying about NASA's first woman in space, who died of pancreatic cancer Monday at the age of 61.

True Crime |
January 20, 2013

Lust in Space

The lovesick antics of diapered astronaut Lisa Nowak are some combination of funny and sad but seemingly not revealing of anything larger, until you realize that her tragic, tabloidy breakdown says everything you need to know about NASA’s many troubles.