Tina York, “Fluid Dynamics” (1995), mixed media, 32 x 40 inches. As a NASA Art Program artist, Tina York visited the Ames Research Center in California to study the principles of fluid dynamics. This piece shows the way gases move as a solid body passes through them.


Space has long fired the ambitions of politicians and policymakers for a range of purposes: geopolitical strategy, exploration, national glory, scientific research, and technology development. More recently, private industry has looked to space for profit, whether from asteroid mining, space tourism, or satellite imagery. These articles examine the space-related policies that enable humans to explore this final frontier.