Ad Astra Volume 22 Number 3 – Fall 2010

Ad Astra Volume 22 Number 3

Ad Astra

The magazine of the National Space Society

Volume 22, Number 3 Fall 2010

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Cover image courtesy NASA.

Featured Articles:

14
2010 ISDC CONFERENCE: THE SPACE COMMUNITY’S FAMILY REUNION
By Clifford R. McMurray

20
SOLAR CHANGES: THE SUN FINALLY WAKES UP
This seemingly endless solar minimum.
by Barbara Thompson

26
WHAT’S NEXT FOR NASA AFTER THE SPACE SHUTTLE?
By Peter Trabucco

30
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION:
ORBITING DIPLOMATIC OUTPOST

By Tabatha T. Thompson

36
SPACEX
Commercial Space Services Get a Boost.
By Tim Bailey

38
THE NEW FACE OF THE MOON
Scientists suggest an impact caused the Moon to turn its face around.
By Marianne Dyson

42
NSS AWARD WINNERS

Presented at the 2010 International Space Development Conference.
By John Strickland

45
2010 NSS STUDENT AWARDS WINNERS
International students present innovative technologies and a glimpse into humanity’s space settlement future.
By Lynne Zielinski

46
“LIVING OFF THE LAND” IN SPACE
By Gordon Woodcock


Departments:

8
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
The Precipice of Change
By Gary Barnhard

9
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

13
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Help shape the future of space settlement – Join the NSS Leadership Team

48
COALITION FOR SPACE EXPLORATION: WHY SPACE MATTERS
By Marc Carreau

50
SPACE SETTLEMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Parners on the Path toward Space Settlement: NSS and AIAA
By Anita Gale

51
STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Transition

By Mark Hopkins

52
BOOKS
The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More, by Charles T. Bourlan and Gregory L. Vogt
Reviewed by Bart Leahy and Michelle Abendschan
Rocketbelt Pilot’s Manual: A Guide by the Bell Test Pilot, by William B. Suitor
Reviewed by Ronald C. Thomas, Jr.

54
CHAPTER LISTINGS

55
SIGNING OFF
Expedition 23 Returns to Earth

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