Future Implications of Commercial Crew

Future Implications of Commercial Crew

By George Mancuso “Although space travel is today failing ludicrously to fulfill the promises of promoters, it still might one day become cheap enough to be accessible to ordinary people.” So wrote Freeman J. Dyson in The Sun, the Genome and the Internet, 1999 The...

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National Space Society Congratulates ULA, NASA on Launch of Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission

National Space Society Congratulates ULA, NASA on Launch of Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission

The National Space Society applauds United Launch Alliance (ULA) and NASA for the successful launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission, feted as the agency’s most sophisticated geological and astrobiological Mars mission yet. At 7:50 a.m. EDT, a ULA Atlas V-541 variant leaped off the pad into a sunny Florida sky at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41, marking the beginning of a nearly seven-month-long journey for rover Perseverance and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.

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Men Not Quite From Space: O’Leary and O’Neill’s 1970s Pop Culture Moments, Part One

Men Not Quite From Space: O’Leary and O’Neill’s 1970s Pop Culture Moments, Part One

This Space Available, By Emily Carney. During this past year, This Space Available has profiled Dr. Brian O’Leary, perhaps the most (in)famous and controversial ex-NASA astronaut, and Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, a physicist who, while not quite making it to O’Leary’s astronaut group, still enjoyed a diverse career and a type of cult-like fame throughout the 1970s with the publication of his classic treatise about space settlement, The High Frontier. Both scientists independently left their imprints upon pop culture during the 1970s, the decade in which they both were most publicly visible.

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The Torch is Being Passed: Shuttle to Falcon 9

The Torch is Being Passed: Shuttle to Falcon 9

By Dale Skran On July 20th a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched ANASIS-II, a South Korean military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Little noted in the mainstream media, this flight achieved several signal milestones: 57th landing...

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Book Review:  Outpost in Orbit

Book Review: Outpost in Orbit

The subtitle presents the book as a history of the International Space Station. However, it is also a complete summary of the path to the ISS by those who envisioned an Earth-orbiting outpost in space, long before humans had the ability to travel there. The book is a remarkable work for its depth and breadth and for the historical insights it conveys. It was commissioned by the Johnson Space Center and was done under a NASA Space Act Agreement.

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Book Review: Shoot for the Moon

Book Review: Shoot for the Moon

The story of the race to the Moon has been told so many times that you might think another book on the subject would be superfluous, but James Donovan shows in his version of this oft-told tale that you’d be mistaken. A jacket blurb by Michael Collins calls this book “the best book on Apollo that I have read.”

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