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Dr. John B. Charles, age 66 and a recent member of the Board of Directors of the National Space Society, passed away peacefully on January

The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, and Arianespace for the successful launch of the James Webb

Former Senator and Shuttle Veteran Nominated as Agency Administrator Leaders of the National Space Society congratulated former Senator Bill Nelson on his nomination as the

NASA and the Rise of Commercial Space: A Symposium to Examine the Meaning(s) and Context(s) of Commercial Space Wednesday – March 17, 2021 – Friday,

A Small Announcement May Have Large Consequences for Space Development The National Space Society (NSS) enthusiastically supports NASA’s September 10 announcement to purchase Moon rocks

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

By George Mancuso “On 20 July 1969 humans landed on the Moon. This was not merely a historical achievement, but an evolutionary and even cosmic

By George Mancuso “Taking more and more passengers out into space will enable them, and us, to look both outwards and back but with a

The National Space Society applauds the successful launch of two Americans to the International Space Station—the first from American soil in nearly a decade—today aboard

The National Space Society applauds NASA’s announcement today that calls for robust agreements (Artemis Accords) with international partners based on a common set of principles

An updated NSS Position Paper just released is reproduced in full below (the original appeared in November 2019). We also have a PDF copy. The

“Many outside NASA do not realize that NASA’s public-private partnerships leverage commercial space services in a way that maximizes the return on precious taxpayer dollars.”

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Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: John J. Vester Title: Nuclear Rockets: To the Moon and Mars Author: Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried Format: Paperback/Kindle Pages: 270 Publisher:

Partially Successful Flight Reached Space and Demonstrated New “Hot Staging” System The National Space Society congratulates SpaceX on the second test of its Starship/Super Heavy

Ad Astra, the NSS quarterly print, digital, and audio magazine, has won a 2023 MARCOM Gold Award. The awards are given yearly for “Excellence in

By Jennifer Muntz, NSS Member Coordinator On October 10th, an inspiring breakfast event took flight at the Center for Space Education at the Kennedy Space

By Grant Henriksen NSS Policy Committee Benefit sharing is a concept that refers to the distribution of benefits derived from the exploration and use of

People residing and working in space, space settlements, or on long-duration space flights will need to produce infrastructures and food to maintain healthy lifestyles. The

Image: Artist’s concept of the Blue Moon lander. Credit: Blue Origin. Second Human Landing System Contract Encourages Competition and Innovation The National Space Society congratulates