Earlier this year, the Baker Institute published a set of policy recommendations that aim to provide guidance to President Obama on topics ranging from energy to health care. Within each issue area, institute fellows and scholars describe the current circumstances and offer an analytic overview of opportunities, challenges and possible solutions.

The Baker Institute will highlight each of the essays in a series of posts in this space. The first, by space policy fellow and former NASA Johnson Space Center director George Abbey, examines the effect on NASA of budget cuts and the end of the shuttle program. Abbey recommends a renewed focus on aerospace research and development, as well as strengthening collaborations with our international partners in space.