The magazine of the National Space Society
Volume 17, Number 4 Winter 2005
NASA’S BLUEPRINT FOR RETURNING TO THE MOON
The U.S. is leaving Earth orbit, but skeptics ask: Is pulling from the past compromising the future?
By Jeff Foust
THE JAMES WEBB TELESCOPE:
OVER BUDGET BUT ON TRACK
Changes are in the works for the proposed successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. To help offset a billion dollars in projected budget overruns, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) may require reduction in its capabilities at the short wavelength end of its observing range, NASA officials say.
By Michael Schirber
THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE RACE HEATS UP
Introduction by Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
PHOENIX RISING OR LION IN WINTER?
Its Cold War glory days behind it, the former Soviet Union’s space program has set its sights on being the leading international launch service. But is time on its side?
By James Oberg
ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY
Frustrated by the United States’ unilateral decisions—from how to complete the International Space Station to implementing NASA’s new Space Vision—and beset by internal turmoil, the European Space Agency needs new partners to kick-start its agenda.
By Vincent Sabathier
REVIVING A NATION’S SPACE DREAMS
Its launch industry long stymied by the United States, Brazil now actively seeks international partners despite protests from its neighbor to the north.
By Frank Braun
LOOKING EAST AND WEST FOR PARTNERS
India’s eagerness to enter the space race, though tempered by technological limitations, could lead to more investment in military applications.
By Dinshaw Mistry
RISING SUN IN A CLOUDY SKY
Long dependent on the U.S., Japan has launched on the difficult path to indigenous human spaceflights.
By Dwayne A. Day
SPACE: A MORAL VACCUUM?
The Universe offers humanity endless possibilities and new frontiers, but can we maintain the ideas of civilization and civility so far from home?
By Jeff Krukin
FROM OUTER SPACE TO UNDERSEA
If the seas weren’t perilous enough, this fall, Hollywood filled the Earth’s oceans with aliens and sea monsters. Will they bite? Probably, but will audiences?
By Bill Christensen
2022 is the year NASA plans to open the first lunar outpost.
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director
Faith and Space Exploration Do Mix
The author argues that yes, while humanity needs sound engineering and good science for successful space missions, we also need faith, an important part of what it means to be human.
By Dr. Arthur Smith
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
Reviewed by John F. Kross
The Space Tourist’s Handbook
Reviewed by Robert Z. Pearlman
A Different Perspective: International Cooperation in Context
By Gary Barnhard, Chairman of the Executive Committee
X Prize Cup, Rocket Bikes, and Magnificent Desolation
At 10, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is Still Hot
By Robert Roy Britt