Ad Astra Volume 23 Number 3 – Fall 2011

Ad Astra Volume 23 Number 3

Ad Astra

The magazine of the National Space Society

Volume 23, Number 3
Fall 2011
 

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Featured Articles:

14
THE ERA OF EXOPLANETS HAS ARRIVED
Getting to know the billions of planets beyond our Solar System.
By Marc Kaufman

20
ISDC 2011:
New Beginnings in Space
by Clifford R. McMurray

24
PROGNOSIS FOR HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT
By Mark Williamson

28
VISIONS & VOYAGES
Planetary Science Priorities for 2013-2022
By Marianne Dyson

32
THE MOON IS A NEAR EARTH OBJECT
By Marianne Dyson

36
BEEN THERE … NEVER DONE THIS!
Proposals for an International Lunar Research Park
By Bruce Pittman

40
ALIGNING NASA WITH NATIONAL SPACE GOALS:
A Strategy for Space Settlement
By Jeff Greason
[See video of Greason’s ISDC speech]

46
2011 NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY AWARDS
By John K. Strickland


Departments:

9
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Werner von Braun Award Honoring the Hayabusa Team

10
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
The False Dichotomy: Government and Commercial Rockets
By Gary Barnhard

11
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

12
NSS CORRESPONDENCE
So you want to go to space? Here’s your chance!
By Lee Jones

42
NSS AT THE UNITED NATIONS
By Amanda Moore

44
COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS
United Nations Stamps honor 50th Anniversary of Human Space Flight

45
STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Ultimate Goal of NSS
By Mark Hopkins

48
BOOKS
NASA Space Shuttle Owners’ Workshop Manual, by Dr. David Baker
Reviewed by Ariel I. Rayman
First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth, by Marc Kaufman
Reviewed by Charlene Brusso

50
CHAPTER LISTINGS

55
SIGNING OFF
Return to Earth: Landing of Soyuz TMA-20

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