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In April 1972, the Apollo moon missions were winding down, and Apollo 16 was launched into history for a few unique reasons. It was the

“Dammit. Life Magazine has interrupted my ‘How to Get the Laydeez’ tutorial. No big deal. My tutorial next week involves tried and true tips like,

From left, Fred Haise, Jim Lovell, and Jack Swigert, May 1970 The photo is courtesy of a Life Magazine shoot apparently done in Jack’s bachelor

“And there are no laydeez in the desert. This is just great…thanks…” From left – Jack Swigert, some dude, Thomas Mattingly, and Charlie Duke. Emily

From left, Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise, April/May 1970 This picture dates from around April/May 1970, after Apollo 13 came back to Earth

From left: LEM pilot Fred Haise, mission commander Jim Lovell, and CM pilot Jack Swigert, April, 1970. Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and

“Keep those cards and letters coming in folks.” Apollo 7 TV transmission, October 1968 It’s been a week since this blog has debuted and we’re

From left, Deke Slayton, Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, and John L. “Jack” Swigert, 1970 Jack Swigert was like the Don Draper of the astronaut corps

Some footage of Apollo 7’s mission in 1968. These old NASA videos are pretty amazing. Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and creator of

“We are all BFFs! Really!!!!!” From left, Apollo 7’s Walter Cunningham, Donn Eisele, and Wally Schirra In October 1968, Apollo 7 was launched into space

The crew of Apollo 15, from left: Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin. 1971 NASA photo. After the successful, seminal moon missions in

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Image of Kalpana One space settlement courtesy Bryan Versteeg, spacehabs.com $32,000 in Cash Awards Given for Best Space-Related Business Plans — Deadline March 1, 2024

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