The magazine of the National Space Society
Volume 22, Number 2 Summer 2010
On the Cover: The International Space Station flew across the face of the Moon over NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida approximately 15 minutes before the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-131 mission. Image Credit: NASA Photo courtesy of Fernando Echeverria.
THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA FOR SPACE
NSS applauds the President’s commitment to the mission of NASA and the role of space in providing for the future.
MISSION TRAINING: ATLANTIS’S FINAL FLIGHT
Atlantis takes her final historic flight.
by Peter Trabucco
FINDING SOLUTIONS IN THIN AIR
International problem solving on the ISS.
By Tabatha Thompson
A NEW ERA FOR SCIENCE:
RESEARCH ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
By Clifford R. McMurray
AMERICA’S SPACE PROGRAM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CONFERENCE
The President defends his budget.
By Lewis Groswald
SPACESHIP TWO HAS WINGS
Space tourism efforts are underway.
By Douglas Mesier
A LOOK AT LUNAR EXPLORATION FOR NASA
Looking at what’s involved with returning to the Moon
By David Schlom
IS THE PRIVATE SECTOR READY FOR HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT?
A look at the issues involved in commercial human spaceflight
By Jeffrey Foust
NASA’S SPACE COMMUNICATIONS AND NAVIGATION
Don’t leave Earth without it!
By James Schier
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
By Brett Silcox
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver
Student innovators from the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards.
By Lynne Zielinski
Upwards and Onwards: Space tourism offers a new dimension to humankind’s curiosity
By Meghan Baker
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGIATE SOLAR POWER SATELLITE DESIGN COMPETITION
By Peter Garretson
Not Much Has Changed…
By Dr. Al Koller
The Long Run Geopolitics of Space Settlements
By Mark Hopkins
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Change Is All Around Us
How to Find a Habitable Planet, by James Kasting
Reviewed by Charlene Brusso
50 Years of Rockets and Spacecraft, by Ed Buckbee
Reviewed by Frederick I. Ordway, III
Cassini provides a closeup view of Saturn’s moon Mimas