Explore or Expire

Explore or Expire

By Samuel Thorpe, NSS Legal Fellow Why space? The National Space Society says, “because we must.” And it’s true. Long before the Babylonians started to document astronomical observations, and longer still before Hipparchus created the first recorded star chart, the...

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From The George Low Archives: The 1974 Made-For-Television Movie That “Irked” Jim Lovell

From The George Low Archives: The 1974 Made-For-Television Movie That “Irked” Jim Lovell

On Saturday, March 2, 1974, the American network ABC released Houston, We’ve Got A Problem, the first known movie to have anything (tangentially or otherwise) to do with Apollo 13, the lunar mission that famously saw its landing canceled due to a nearly catastrophic explosion in space 50 years ago. Some documents from George Low’s archive now reveal the scope of Lovell’s unhappiness with the film’s script.

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Book Review: Star Settlers

Book Review: Star Settlers

The subtitle of this book could be “A Writer Lavishes Faint Praise on Space Settlement.” Nadis is a good writer and has done extensive personal research to support the book, including journeys to interesting places and interviews with long-time but little-known space settlement advocates like myself. Nevertheless, no one reading this book will come away with a clear sense of why space settlement advocates want to settle space.

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Book Review: The Jim Baen Memorial Award

Book Review: The Jim Baen Memorial Award

The Jim Baen Memorial Award is a science fiction contest jointly administered by the National Space Society and Baen books, presented annually at the International Space Development Conference. The contest rules limit entries to short stories dealing with human space exploration in the next half-century or so. In this volume we have 16 winners and runners-up from the first decade of the award, all of them looking at various aspects of what living and working in space will be like for the pioneering generations.

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Fuel for Thought

Fuel for Thought

By Fisher Smith, NSS Legal Fellow Space, the final frontier of human exploration. For thousands of years, we have dreamed of going to the stars and in recent generations we’ve travelled further than many thought possible. But, today, save for the few men and women...

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