Our Vision: People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine and maintains an active global network of volunteers and local chapters . Membership and participation are open to all. Join the space movement , and help build a positive future for humanity! NSS Congratulates SpaceX Team — Calls on Congress to Fully Fund Commercial Crew & Space Technology (Washington, D.C., June 1) The National Space Society congratulates Elon Musk and the entire SpaceX team on the Dragon spacecraft's historic mission to the International Space Station and its safe return to Earth yesterday.
Selects Studies for the Asteroid Redirect MissionIn this concept image, the Orion spacecraft docks with the robotic asteroid redirect vehicle. NASA has selected 18 proposals for studies under the Asteroid Redirect Mission Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). These six-month studies will mature system concepts and key technologies and assess the feasibility of potential commercial partnerships to support the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, a key part of the agency’s stepping stone path to send humans to Mars.
Space Solar PowerAbout Space Solar Power (SSP, also known as Space-Based Solar Power, or SBSP): The United States and the world need to find new sources of clean energy. Space Solar Power gathers energy from sunlight in space and transmits it wirelessly to Earth. Space solar power can solve our energy and greenhouse gas emissions problems.Congress and SpaceX: Red tape ties up private space.Photo by SpaceX Hey, remember Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the guy who threw needless layers of bureaucracy at SpaceX because the private space company was doing its job of launching rockets into space a little too well?
To the MoonExplore the Moon Join the Apollo astronauts on the surface in this series of stunning 360-degree panoramas (QTVRs), one each from the six successful Apollo moon landings. Lunar Puzzlers (Hot Science) If you're standing on the moon and the Earth is directly overhead, how long will it take for our planet to reach the moon's horizon? Take a shot at this and other lunar brainteasers.
Space explorationSaturn V rocket, used for the American manned lunar landing missions The Moon as seen in a digitally processed image from data collected during a spacecraft flyby While the observation of objects in space, known as astronomy, predates reliable recorded history, it was the development of large and relatively efficient rockets during the early 20th century that allowed physical space exploration to become a reality.Affordable, Rapid Bootstrapping of the Space Industry and Solar System Civilization: Journal of Aerospace Engineering:Philip T. Metzger, Anthony Muscatello, Robert P. Mueller, and James Mantovani (2013). ”Affordable, Rapid Bootstrapping of the Space Industry and Solar System Civilization.” J. Aerosp. Eng. 26, SPECIAL ISSUE: In Situ Resource Utilization, 18–29.
II-2Habitat and Logistic Support Requirements for the Initiation of a Space Manufacturing Enterprise J. PETER VAJK, JOSEPH H. ENGEL, and JOHN A.History of Space ExplorationHistory of Space Exploration There are things that are known and things that are unknown; in between is exploration. -Anonymous Space History Historical Publications10 questions about Nasa's 'impossible' space drive answeredWired.co.uk's piece last week about Nasa's test of a new type of space drive triggered a tsunami of responses online. Many were understandably sceptical, others were unsure how it would advance space travel. In fact, the paper produced on the day gave much more detail than the advance abstract we linked to then. The actual paper reveals details of tests in early 2014 as well as those in summer 2013 -- and the results are even more astounding. Here we answer many of your questions, quibbles and criticisms.
NASA - Astronaut BiographiesThe term "astronaut" derives from the Greek words meaning "space sailor," and refers to all who have been launched as crew members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond. Since the inception of NASA's human space flight program, we have also maintained the term "astronaut" as the title for those selected to join the NASA corps of astronauts who make "space sailing" their career profession. The term "cosmonaut" refers to those space sailors who are members of the Russian space program. The crew of each launched spacecraft is made up of astronauts or cosmonauts drawn from the various categories described in these pages. The crew assignments and duties of commander, pilot, space shuttle mission specialist, or International Space Station flight engineer are drawn from the NASA professional career astronauts. The links to the left will direct you to biographical information on the astronauts.
SLS searching for missions to solve flight rate dilemmaAugust 20, 2014 by Chris Bergin Space Launch System (SLS) managers are continuing to look at potential – and as yet unfunded – science missions to provide their monster rocket with a viable number of flights. The flight rate dilemma was recently highlighted when it was admitted NASA had looked into “how slow” a launch rate could be viable for the rocket that is expected to make her debut in 2018.SLS Flight Rate: As SLS continues to make very good progress during her transition from the design phase to the actual bending of metal at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), the rocket’s projected flight rate remains a huge challenge that needs to be fixed to ensure her immense capability is fully utilized. As has been the case for a number of years now, only two missions are currently manifested, while her projected schedule in the 2020s remains threadbare. The requirement for debuting SLS in 2017 had little to do with the rocket’s Beyond Earth Orbit (BEO) exploration aspirations.
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