The magazine of the National Space Society
Volume 17, Number 2 Summer 2005
Cover image: Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO)
RETURNING TO FLIGHT
Q and A with Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins and Steven Lindsey
By Tariq Malik
THE MYSTERY OF LIFE?
By Robert Roy Britt
NASA AND THE STATE OF RISK
Introduction by Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
Today the nuclear-powered Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter is on the back burner with the flame turned low.
By Brian Berger
THE MOTHER OF INVENTION
Problems of in-flight maintenance and repair.
By James Oberg
A RENAISSANCE OF RISK-TAKING
Griping abut NASA’s missed opportunities is a favorite topic at conferences.
By James A. Muncy
TAKING SERIOUS CHANCES:
RISKY MISSIONS NASA SHOULD DO
“If we die, we want people to accept it. We’re in a risky business…” Gus Grissom, March 1965
By Dave Brody
NOW MORE THEN EVER, OR NEVER?
By Leonard David
OF RAG-TAG FLEETS AND OFF-THE-SHELF TECHNOLOGIES
Science fiction depicts various types of space transportation.
By Bill Christensen
A new NASA administrator.
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director
By Burt Rutan
Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science
Reviewed by John F. Kross
Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
Reviewed by Robert Z. Pearlman
Factoring the Future
By Gary Barnhard, Chairman of the Executive Committee
Two Who Dared: Woman Space Pioneers
By Laura S. Woodmansee