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Future Implications of Commercial Crew

Future Implications of Commercial Crew

By George Mancuso “Although space travel is today failing ludicrously to fulfill the promises of promoters, it still might one day become cheap enough to be accessible to ordinary people.” So wrote Freeman J. Dyson in The Sun, the Genome and the Internet, 1999 The...

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National Space Society Congratulates ULA, NASA on Launch of Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission

National Space Society Congratulates ULA, NASA on Launch of Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission

The National Space Society applauds United Launch Alliance (ULA) and NASA for the successful launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission, feted as the agency’s most sophisticated geological and astrobiological Mars mission yet. At 7:50 a.m. EDT, a ULA Atlas V-541 variant leaped off the pad into a sunny Florida sky at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41, marking the beginning of a nearly seven-month-long journey for rover Perseverance and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.

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Men Not Quite From Space: O’Leary and O’Neill’s 1970s Pop Culture Moments, Part One

Men Not Quite From Space: O’Leary and O’Neill’s 1970s Pop Culture Moments, Part One

This Space Available, By Emily Carney. During this past year, This Space Available has profiled Dr. Brian O’Leary, perhaps the most (in)famous and controversial ex-NASA astronaut, and Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, a physicist who, while not quite making it to O’Leary’s astronaut group, still enjoyed a diverse career and a type of cult-like fame throughout the 1970s with the publication of his classic treatise about space settlement, The High Frontier. Both scientists independently left their imprints upon pop culture during the 1970s, the decade in which they both were most publicly visible.

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Becoming an Interplanetary Species

Becoming an Interplanetary Species

Isaac Arthur, recipient of the NSS Space Pioneer Award for Education via Mass Media, has posted this 20-minute video based on the first 12 milestones in the NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement.

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The Torch is Being Passed: Shuttle to Falcon 9

The Torch is Being Passed: Shuttle to Falcon 9

By Dale Skran On July 20th a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched ANASIS-II, a South Korean military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Little noted in the mainstream media, this flight achieved several signal milestones: 57th landing...

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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.
How can I help?
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 2021 ISDC will be in Los Angeles.

 

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