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Ad Astra Summer 2006

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The magazine of the
National Space Society

Volume 18, Number 2
Summer 2006

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Cover image: Space Elevator by Dan Roam ©digitalroam

Featured Articles:

14
COMMANDING THE VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE
For U.S. Air Force ColonelJack Weinstein, commanding the 30th Space Wing in California is like having a front-row seat to the future.
By Leonard David

16
MOON FLAG FLIES OVER MARS DESERT OUTPOST
Members of the Moon Society simulate a Moon Base at the Mars Desert Research Station.
By Peter Kokh

23
SPACE SETTLEMENTS: THE STATE OF THE ART
Introduction by Mark M. Hopkins

24
SAVING HUMANITY:
ELON MUSK ON THE NEED FOR SPACE SETTLEMENT

Ad Astra interview by Robin Snelson

26
MISSION TO MARS: THE OUTBOUND JOURNEY
The first manned mission to Earth's crimson neighbor will be difficult, the author writes, but the technological problems are not insurmountable.
By James Oberg

28
MAINTAINING THE MIND
Deep space missions may have technological hurdles, but preserving the sanity of crewmembers far from home may prove the toughest challenge.
By Tariq Malik

30
LIVING IN A TIN CAN
Biosphere 2 generated lots of jokes for late-night comedians, but the failure to create closed Earth-like ecosystems for long term space missions is no laughing matter.
By Jane Poynter

32
MINING NEAR-EARTH ASTEROIDS
The Solar System beckons with resources unimaginable on Earth.
By Dr. Daniel D. Durda

34
THINKING DIFFERENTLY WITH SPACE ELEVATORS
By depending too much on rocketry and brute force, humanity might be missing its chance to glide into space on gossamer threads.
By Dave Brody

38
WHAT IS THE BEST TRAJECTORY TO REACH AN ASTEROID?
The European Space Agency's Advanced Concepts Team held a contest for engineers to find the best trajectory from our planet to asteroid 2001 TW229.
By Bill Christensen


Departments:

5
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
The Next Great Journey
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director

20
OPINION
Failure to Launch
The Bush Administration should have included space exploration and science in the American Competitiveness Initiative.
By Dr. Ernest J. Cioffi

42
REVIEWS
Space Race: The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space
Reviewed by John F. Kross
Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes
Reviewed by Robert Z. Pearlman

43
COMMUNITY
Space Settlements: Let's Have No Unnecessary Sense of Self-limitation
By Gary Barnhard, Chairman of the Executive Committee

44
SPOTLIGHT
Jack Fox: Founder of the Florida Space Coast Chapter of the National Space Society

45
CHAPTER LISTINGS

48
SIGNING OFF
Apollo-Soyuz: A Remembrance
By Andrew Chaikin

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