Ad Astra Volume 23 Number 4 – Winter 2011

Ad Astra Volume 23 Number 4

Ad Astra

The magazine of the National Space Society

Volume 23, Number 4
Winter 2011
 

 

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Cover image courtesy NASA.

Featured Articles:

14
SPACE SHUTTLE TRIBUTE SERIES
Illustrations from the KSC Launch Control Center

16
SHUTTLE RETIREMENT: THE END OF AN ERA?
Report from an interview with the crew of the final shuttle mission

by Pete Trabucco

18
MARTIAN DREAMS
A Tribute to the Possibilities of Our Future

By Hugh Downs

22
TAKING THE HIGH ROADS TO SPACE
CCDev2 Jupstarts Atlas, Falcon, and More
By John F. Kross

28
ISS: AFTER THE SPACE SHUTTLE
By Stefano Coledan

32
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
Could Mars be the source of life on Earth?
By David Warmflash

36
LOCATING LUNAR SUBWAYS
Lava tubes could serve as key habitats, and fewer than 100 have been found so far
By Marianne Dyson

40
THE FIRST AND THE LAST
A Personal Reminiscence of the Shuttle Era
By Clifford R. McMurray

43
NSS-KALAM INITIATIVE REACHES OUT TO CHINA
By Dave Dunlop


Departments:

8
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
Actions Speak Louder than Words
By Gary Barnhard

9
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

11
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Juno Launch Tweetup
By Tim Bailey

12
NSS CORRESPONDENCE
An Update for NSS Space Ambassadors
By Lee Jones

46
STATEMENT FROM THE NSS POLICY COMMITTEE
The National Space Society’s Call to Action for American Leadership in Civil Space

47
UPDATE

Space Settlement
By Howard Bloom and Jon LaBore

48
BOOKS
Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, by Allan J. McDonald with James R. Hansen
Reviewed by Stephen Adamczyk
Burt Rutan’s Race to Space: The Magician of Mojave and His Flying Innovations, by Dan Linehan
Reviewed by Susan Raizer

50
CHAPTER LISTINGS

55
SIGNING OFF
Reflections: Atlantis poised for liftoff.

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