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Ad Astra Volume 27 Number 2

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The magazine of the
National Space Society

Volume 27, Number 2
Summer 2015

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Cover image: Boeing CST-100 manned space capsule in free flight in low-Earth orbit will transport astronaut crews to the International Space Station. Image credit: © Boeing.

Featured Articles:

12
BEYOND MARS:
TRAVELS IN THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM

By Michael Carroll

18
STRETCHING THE BOUNDARIES:
Getting in Shape for Space over the Next 10 Years
By John F. Kross

22
COMMON GROUND:
ASTEROID MINING AND PLANETARY DEFENSE

By James C. Howe

26
ASTEROID MINING FOR SPACE TRAVEL
By Dave Dietzler

30
THE FLEDGLING DRAGON:
China’s Human Spaceflight Program

By Clifford R. McMurray

34
SMALLSAT REVOLUTION
By Mark Williamson

40
BEYOND BORDERS:
THE NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY COMES TO CANADA

By Chuck Black

42
TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
MANKIND’S EXODUS TO THE STARS

By Nelson Bridwell

44
AN INTERNATIONAL LUNAR DECADE CAMPAIGN
By Dave Dunlop and Fred Becker

Departments:

7
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

8
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
National Space Society Supports Atlantic Council Event
By Dale Skran

10
NSS CORRESPONDENCE
Michael Snyder Brings “Firsts” to NSS Executive Committee:
Two Degrees of Separation from Space
By Anita Gale

47
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
After 40 Years—Victory
By Mark Hopkins

48
BOOKS
Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity’s Chief Engineer, by Rob Manning and William L. Simon
Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, by Marc Kaufman
Both reviewed by Susan Raizer
Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy, by John S. Lewis
Reviewed by Robert A. Lee

50
CHAPTER LISTINGS

53
NSS CHAPTERS IN ACTION
By Fred Becker

55
SIGNING OFF
Astronaut Salutes Leonard Nimoy from Orbit

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