Ad Astra Volume 24 Number 2 – Summer 2012

Ad Astra Volume 24 Number 2

Ad Astra

The magazine of the National Space Society

Volume 24, Number 2
Summer 2012
 

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Cover image courtesy NASA.

Featured Articles:

14
STRATOLAUNCHING INTO SPACE
By Marc Kaufman

18
FIRST AMERICAN IN ORBIT
By Clifford R. McMurray

22
VICTORY IN SPACE:
The Story of L5/NSS and Commercial Human Spaceflight

By Dale Amon

26
NEWSPACE AND BIG ROCKET
An Interview with XCOR CEO Jeff Greason

By Douglas Messier

30
OBSERVATIONS FROM THE 2012 LEGISLATIVE BLITZ
By Kevin Simmons

34
NSS IN ACTION: Board Candidate Statements


Departments:

8
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the National Space Society

By Paul Damphousse

9
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

11
NSS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY

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

46
SPACE SETTLEMENT UPDATE

Lawmaking Standards for Space Governance
By David G. Shrunk

47
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
First Major International Space Solar Power Organization includes the National Space Society
By Mark Hopkins

48
BOOKS
Megacatastrophes: Nine Strange Ways the World Could End, by David Darling and Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Reviewed by Charlene Brusso
Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think, by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Reviewed by Tierney O’Dea

50
CHAPTER LISTINGS

55
SIGNING OFF
Eastern seaboard at night

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