The magazine of the National Space Society
Volume 21, Number 2 Summer 2009
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On The Cover: In its maiden flight, Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo accomplished the fastest and longest flight ever in the troposphere.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2009
Standing on the brink: Hope springs eternal for the future of space.
By Ian Murphy
Has the depressed economy dashed our dreams of heading to the stars?
by Doug Messier
POWER BEAMING FOR LUNAR EXPLORATION
One of the major challenges is providing power for the outpost and the rovers that will house and transport the crew. One solution stands out above the rest.
By Bruce Pittman, Dan Rasky, and Rob Kelso
FROM LEGOS TO LUNA: A NEW COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS
MoonBots: A Google Lunar X Prize Challenge
By William Pomeranz and Tiffany Montague
REALIZING A DREAM: LUNAR INDUSTRIALIZATION ENABLED BY PLATINUM GROUP METALS
Future space applications promise revolutionary improvements in our quality of life.
By Dennis Wingo
Don your space tourist hat for a trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, New York.
By Mark Williamson
SPACE AWARDS AT SCIENCE FAIRS
By Carol Luckhardt Redfield
THE NEXT GENERATION
Students Design Space Settlements and Innovative Technologies For Humanity’s Future
By Lynne Zielinski
2009 NSS AWARD WINNERS
By John K. Strickland
Milestone: Thirty five years ago the National Space Institute was created
By Brett Silcox
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
NSS Online — Join us on Facebook
NSS Chapter Awards
UPDATE FROM THE NASA NOMINATION HEARINGS
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
The Perfect Storm
By Gary Barnhard
MOVIE REVIEW: STAR TREK
By Brandon Fibbs
Endeavour performs a backflip