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By Dale Skran On the evening of Saturday September 28th, Elon Musk provided an exciting update on Starship progress at Boca Chica, Texas. By the

Story and photos by Mark Armstong The headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in downtown Washington DC was the location for a remarkable roundtable

By George Mancuso On August 27, Starhopper, utilizing a single Raptor methane-fueled rocket engine, rose 150 meters above Boca Chica, Texas and successfully landed. This

Note from Dale Skran, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee: NSS Vice President of Space Development Greg Autry (pictured above) has a very interesting article

OPINION by Dale Skran Ever since its inception there has been a school of thought that SLS and Orion were a poor use of taxpayer

By George Mancuso On July 25, 2019 Starhopper rose to an altitude of approximately 20 meters at the SpaceX McGregor Texas facility while also performing

By Dale Skran, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee. Image: First SpaceX recovery of payload fairing. An update on the status of three of SpaceX’s

Opinion By Dale Skran, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee In the martial arts there is something called a “committed strike.” That is a blow

The National Space Society (NSS) applauds Jeff Bezos for the hope and inspiration he delivered to the world on Thursday, May 9 when he took

By Bob Brodbeck At 8:32 am CST Thursday May 2nd Blue Origin launched its New Shepard suborbital rocket and payload capsule to space on the

Opinion by Robert Bunn All of a sudden, space news is everywhere―spanning a variety of sub-topics. This past month, we saw China put a versatile

Opinion By Dale Skran Three recent incidents have led to a lot of hand-wringing among space advocates. After the fully successful “hat trick” of landing

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Image of Kalpana One space settlement courtesy Bryan Versteeg, $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