The magazine of the National Space Society
Volume 18, Number 1 Spring 2006
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THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE:
A QUARTER-CENTURY OF SPACE ADVOCACY
25 years ago, a generation influenced by Apollo staked a claim for space travel for all humanity.
By Leonard David
SHARING THE STORY:
THE ALLEN TELESCOPE ARRAY
In a remote valley in Northern California, the search for the answer to one of humanity’s greatest questions has begun.
By David Schlom
FREE ENTERPRISE: NASA’S NEXT MISSION?
Introduction by Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
NASA: RISING TO THE CHALLENGE? OR STUCK IN THE PAST?
The Vision for Space Exploration needs innovative ideas not just from within the U.S. space agency, but across the whole aerospace industry.
By Robert S. Walker
IS NASA ALL TALK AND NO ACTION?
Since the agency’s current approach to “big aerospace” offers little wiggle room to work with entrepreneurs, systemic change is needed.
By Richard Searfoss, former Space Shuttle Commander
NASA, LET US HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF
The founder of the Ansari X Prize, the X Prize Cup and Zero-G Corporation offers NASA a little unsolicited advice.
By Peter H. Diamandis
OPENING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FOR BUSINESS
If the orbiting platform is to survive long after NASA stops participating, a business model or a Chamber of Commerce is needed.
By James Muncy
MAKING SUN-SHADES FROM MOON DUST
Global warming and NASA’s new vision could share a common solution far above the Earth.
By Roger Angel and S. Pete Worden
THINKING DIFFERENTLY WITH SPACE ELEVATORS
By depending too much on rocketry and brute force, humanity might be missing its chance to glide into space on gossamer threads.
By Dave Brody
TAKING THE MOON BY STORM
With the world’s space-faring nations all eyeing the Moon for future exploration, a look at the science fiction of the past could influence the future.
By Bill Christensen
New Horizons and ISDC 2006
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director
Isolation or Cooperation?
The United States remains the world’s leading space power, but without international cooperation and technological innovation, that lead could be lost.
By Lon Rains
Reviewed by John F. Kross
Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space
Reviewed by Robert Z. Pearlman
Fomenting Change: The Art of Forcing a Paradigm Shift
By Gary Barnhard, Chairman of the Executive Committee
Barbara Thompson: Space Weather Expert
Salute to Salyut 1
By James Oberg