The magazine of the National Space Society
Volume 20, Number 4 Winter 2008
On The Cover: An artist’s rendering of an asteroid moments before an imminent impact with Earth. The question of such an impact is not if but when. Illustration: Stephen Prater.
Note: The entire Special Report on “The Threat of Impact” (comprising pages 22-46 of this issue) is available as a PDF file [1.7 MB].
What it will take to build a 25-mile-diameter, 5,000-foot-tall domed lunar city.
By Edward McCullough
BEYOND THE SHUTTLE
With the pending retirment of the space shuttle fleet, NASA makes plans to use Russian spacecraft to maintain the International Space Station.
By Ted Spitzmiller
DEALING WITH THE THREAT OF IMPACT
Detection, deflection, or deep impact?
By Russel L. Schweickart
REMOVING THE BLINDERS
One of the greatest threats to civilization remains unaccounted for.
By Peter Garretson
FOOTPRINTS ON NEO’S
Possibly more accessible than the Moon, could a near Earth asteroid be the next stop for manned space exploration?
By Mark Williamson
NEAR EARTH OPPORTUNITIES
A new way to consider the asteroid threat
By Brad Blair
SPACE SOLAR POWER: ENERGY FOR THE FUTURE
By Lt.Col. Paul E. Damphousse, USMC
SPACE SOLAR POWER:
AN INVESTMENT FOR TODAY, AN ENERGY SOLUTION FOR TOMORROW
A statement of support from the National Space Society
The Next Fifty Years
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
The Big Picture
By Mark Mayfield
NSS Mourns former Director Jim Benson, space visionary and founder of SpaceDev
Chapter Excellence and Special Merit Awards 2008
Australian Space: A pivotal conference at a pivotal time
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
By Gary Barnhard
Space Settlement and Space Tourism: An Ideological Marriage
By Mark Hopkins
A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet, by Andrew Chaikin
Reviewed by Mark Mayfield
Forty Years Ago