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Private Mission to the Moon Marks America’s First Lunar Landing Since 1972 In a milestone achievement, private company Intuitive Machines succeeded in scoring the first

Art, Technology, and a Lunar Gallery (photos below) By Burt Dicht, NSS Managing Director of Membership The National Space Society extends its heartfelt congratulations to

Event: An Introduction to Space Sustainability with Gene Fujii of AstroscaleDate and Time: Monday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. Central TimeLocation: DMACC West Campus, 5959

New Booster Offers Competition and Dependability for U.S. Launch Requirements The new United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan booster launched on its maiden journey at 2:18

Image: Starship/Superheavy second flight test courtesy SpaceX. By Dale Skran, NSS Chief Operating Officer With two wars going on and a U.S. presidential election looming,

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

The Sub-Orbital Journey Presages an Age of Space Tourism On June 29, Virgin Galactic flew its first entirely commercial mission, dubbed “Galactic 01.” The suborbital

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

Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: Casey Suire Title: When the Heavens Went on Sale: The Misfits and Geniuses Racing to Put Space Within Reach Author: Ashlee

Test Flight Paves the Way for the Transformation of Human Spaceflight The National Space Society congratulates SpaceX on a partially successful test flight of its

The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum Thursday, January 19, 2023, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT Vikram-S Rocket: A Discussion

The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum Thursday, January 12, 2023, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT Commercial LEO Space Stations

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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