Ad Astra Volume 24 Number 1 – Spring 2012

Ad Astra Volume 24 Number 1

Ad Astra

The magazine of the National Space Society

Volume 24, Number 1
Spring 2012
 

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Cover image courtesy NASA.

Featured Articles:

14
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPACE: OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE LIFE ON EARTH
A Position Paper by the National Space Society

18
HEAVY LIFT, HEAVY HOPES
NASA’s Space Launch System lays the foundation for new space ambitions
by Harry Dhillon

22
THE NINE LIVES OF WERNHER VON BRAUN
By Clifford R. McMurray

26
ARE THINGS LOOKING UP FOR SPACE-BASED SOLAR POWER?
By Peter Garretson

30
NASA’S SPACE COMMUNICATIONS AND NAVIGATION
What’s Happening Today?
By James Schier

34
A NEW APOLLO LEVEL SPACE AGE
By Bruce Cordell

38
STRETCHING THE BOUNDS OF INNOVATION
Why NASA invests in the talent of tomorrow, today
By Michael T. Wagner

42
THE EVER-EXPANDING DEFINITION OF LIFE
By Robert J. Sawyer

44
KEPLER SPACE INSTITUTE AND NSS HONOR DR. ESHEL BEN-JACOB
By Walter Putnam


Departments:

8
LETTERS FROM HEADQUARTERS
By Gary Barnhard and Paul Damphousse

9
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

11
NSS CORRESPONDENCE
A Tribute to America’s Two Generations of Space Workers
By Edward N. Brown

12
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
An Update for NSS Space Ambassadors
By Lee Jones

46
SPACE SETTLEMENT UPDATE

The Law of Space Abundance and Lunar Cratersville
By Bob Krone

48
BOOKS
Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon, by Al Worden and Francis French
Reviewed by Mike White
The Space Shuttle: Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA’s First Space Plane, by Piers Bizony
Reviewed by Ariel I. Rayman

50
CHAPTER LISTINGS

55
SIGNING OFF
A “Rose” Made of Galaxies

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