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The Pioneering Physicist and Caltech Faculty Member Was the Project Scientist for the Voyager Program for 50 Years The National Space Society mourns the passing

Two new books shed light on the vulnerability of space launches to technology and human decision-making. Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on

The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum Thursday, June 13, 2024, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT Experiencing the Moon at

By Robin Scott Jason Cassibry image credit: Michael Mercier, University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) The Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5) heard a presentation by Professor

SpaceX Advances Flight Envelope Significantly With 4th Test Flight of Reusable Launch System The National Space Society applauds the successful fourth test flight of SpaceX’s

Boeing and ULA Join SpaceX in Providing Astronaut Access to the International Space Station On Wednesday, June 5, Boeing and United Launch Alliance successfully launched

Johnson Succeeds Recently Passed CEO Anita Gale to Assure Continued Operations On May 27, Karlton Johnson, USAF (retired), was appointed by the NSS Board of

Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: Mark Lardas Title: The Spacelab Story: Science Aboard the Shuttle Author: Ben Evans Format: Paperback/Kindle Pages: 455 Publisher: Springer Date: April

Veteran Aerospace Engineer Was a Member of the Organization for 33 Years The National Space Society mourns the passing of its CEO and longtime Board

By Kelly Wu (Writer/Researcher, Antarctica Institute of Canada) and Burt Dicht (NSS Managing Director of Membership) On April 24th, NSS member, scholar and disability activist,

Hosted by Melissa Navia of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” the ISDC Features Over 100 Sessions and Keynotes by Major Aerospace and Newspace Leaders. The

Award for Pyle’s Body of Work in Media, Including 20 Nonfiction Space Books, NASA Publications, Recording Space History, and Excellence in Space Journalism On May

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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