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How NASA got its mojo back and what it means for Space City

Artemis, the James Webb telescope, and partnerships with commercial space companies have NASA back in the spotlight.


John Raoux


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For more than a year now, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has been delivering fascinating images of deep space that are leading us to reconsider what we know about the universe. The space agency's Artemis Program to return astronauts to the moon is well under way. NASA's also recently announced the planned launch of its NASA+ streaming service.

What was not that many years ago perceived as a marginalized government agency, struggling to articulate a vision after the retired shuttle program, appears these days to be, once again, relevant. Especially so these days in Clear Lake, at NASA's Johnson Space Center. So much so that Houston's "Space City" moniker seems to come up a lot more again lately.

In the audio above, Laura Forczyk, executive director of the space consulting firm Astralytical, tells us that this has been many years in the making.

And while the space agency still has some overbudgeted projects, the success of Webb, the start of Artemis, and partnerships with private space companies and other countries are helping to build NASA’s brand. She argues that’s good for Houston, which remains firmly in the spotlight in the world of aerospace.

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Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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