Ad Astra Volume 21 Number 4 – Winter 2009

Ad Astra Winter 2009

Ad Astra

The magazine of the National Space Society

Volume 21, Number 4 Winter 2009

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On The Cover: Hubble drifts over Earth after its release on May 19, 2009, by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Featured Articles:

14
HUBBLE’S EXCITING SCIENTIFIC FUTURE
After its last repair mission, Hubble still has promise for future science.
By Malcolm B. Niedner

18
HUBBLE’S REDEMPTION
After a rocky start, Hubble has become a beloved part of our space history.
By Clifford McMurray

22
HUBBLE: THE EYES OF THE UNIVERSE
A new IMAX movie takes you inside Hubble.
By Brandon Fibbs

26
LCROSS: FINDING WATER AT THE LUNAR SOUTH POLE
Developing the mission that found water on the Moon.
By Brian H. Day

30
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE?
Recent discoveries of water on the Moon and Mars are making waves in the space community
By Mark Williamson

34
THE MOON AND MARS—STPPING STONES TO LIFE IN SPACE
The findings of water on the Moon and Mars will help NSS achieve its
long-term goals
By Gordon Woodcock

36
BLOWN AWAY: THE UNVEILING OF SPACESHIPTWO

By Jeff Foust

38
THAT’S ONE SMALL FLIGHT FOR A ROCKET…ONE GIANT LEAP FOR NEWSPACE
The Lunar Lander X-Prize Challenge
By William Pomeranz

40
SPACE CANADA: MAKING SPACE-BASED SOLAR POWER A REALITY
by George B. Dietrich

41
SPACE SOLAR POWER ACTIVITY AT THE NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY
by Paul Jaffe


Departments:

8
LETTER FROM
HEADQUARTERS
By Brett Silcox

9
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
By Alix Shutello

11
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Konrad Dannenberg Tribute in Huntsville

12
CORRESPONDENCE
We Want OUR Future

42
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
The Space Ambassadors Program: The Reinvention of Storytelling
By Gary Barnhard

43
SPACE SETTLEMENT
Space Settlement and the Environment
By Al Globus

44
BOOKS
Secrets of the Universe, by Paul Murdin
Reviewed by Charles Brusso
Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957-1962, by Megan Prelinger
Reviewed by Frederick I. Ordway III

46
CHAPTER LISTINGS

64
SIGNING OFF
NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

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