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By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies, Part Two

By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies, Part Two

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. This post will spotlight two books that defined one sub-genre in spaceflight literature – the astronaut autobiography. These autobiographies are listed in chronological order, by publication date. While it would be impossible due to space and time constraints to list every astronaut memoir, these titles are often cited as having inspired other astronauts and spaceflight personalities in his or her own storytelling endeavors.

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Dragon XL Slated to Soar to the Moon

Dragon XL Slated to Soar to the Moon

By Dale Skran, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee NASA today announced that SpaceX has been chosen to provide a cargo vehicle, the Dragon XL (illustrated above), to support the lunar Gateway as part of the Artemis program. It is expected that a second cargo provider...

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NSS Political Action Network Call to Action: NASA Authorization

NSS Political Action Network Call to Action: NASA Authorization

Our vision of “People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity” can only be fulfilled through concrete steps involving Congress and other key sectors of our society....

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By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies

By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies

This Space Available By Emily Carney This post will spotlight four books that defined one sub-genre in spaceflight literature – the astronaut (or, in one case, ex-astronaut) autobiography. These autobiographies are listed in chronological order, by publication date. While it would be impossible due to space and time constraints to list every astronaut memoir, these four titles are often cited as having inspired other astronauts and spaceflight personalities in his or her own storytelling endeavors.

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Check Mate, Carney: An Al Worden Memory

Check Mate, Carney: An Al Worden Memory

I was very fortunate to be friends with Al Worden during his last decade on this planet, before he finally made the last 60 miles to Hadley Rille this week at age 88. I have a lot of Al stories, and someday when his loss hurts a little less deeply, I’ll get all of them down on paper. But for now, I’ll share one of my many vivid memories – unfortunately, it’s one of the last, since it was from one of his final public appearances at last July’s Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations.

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What is vision of the National Space Society (NSS)?
People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.
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How does NSS influence space policy?
NSS releases position papers, runs a Political Action Network, participates in regular Congressional visit blitzes, and is a major thought leader on space issues. The United Nations also recognizes NSS as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with official observer status at relevant UN meetings.
How does NSS support education?
We at the National Space Society work to inspire the next generation of space leaders and believe space holds the key to the future of life on Earth. NSS educational activities include engaging teachers, students, and community in learning programs and providing educational opportunities that improve the quality of space-related education and themes. Our educational competitions, lessons, activities, and programs span grades K-12, university, and post-doctoral age levels as we strive to provide educational opportunities to advance the careers of space-interested students from around the world.
What about NSS in my community?
A chapter of the National Space Society is a relatively informal group of space enthusiasts who join together for camaraderie and to promote the NSS vision. See Directory of NSS Chapters.
What is ISDC?

The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) is the annual conference of the National Space Society, the premier citizen’s space conference bringing together NSS leaders and members with leading space sector managers, engineers, scientists, educators, and businessmen. The 2020 ISDC scheduled for Dallas, Texas (May 28-31) will not be held due to coronavirus. The 2021 ISDC will be in Los Angeles.

The 2020 International Space Development Conference

 

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