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By Dale Skran, NSS Chair of the Executive Committee On April 17th the final Cargo Resupply Services 1 mission to the ISS soared off the

By George Mancuso After five days in orbit Crew Dragon Demo-1 undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) and completed a picture-perfect landing with splashdown

By Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President With today’s complete success of the Demonstration Mission-1 uncrewed test of the Dragon 2 crew capsule, it seemed

A historic milestone in commercial space was achieved on March 3 (NSS Press Release Washington DC, March 4, 2019) The National Space Society, America’s leading

By George Mancuso On March 2, 2019 at 02:49:03 Eastern Time (07:49 UTC) a Dragon 2 spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center atop a

This is an 8-minute video that summarizes the first launch of Dragon 2 and the post-launch press conference featuring SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and NASA

By Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President The first six satellites of a constellation that could number up 2,000 rocketed to orbit February 27th on

Image: Artist concept of the Beresheet lander on the Moon. Credit: SpaceIL. By Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President Rather than repeating the facts about

Image: VSS Unity in space with wings feathered, February 22, 2019. Image courtesy of Virgin Galactic. By Bob Brodbeck This morning Friday February 22nd Virgin

OPINION by Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President This is an update to a January 21 post that generated some controversy in the comments section.

OPINION by Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President On October 10th, 2018, the Air Force announced the funding recipients for National Security Space Launch program,

Image: New Shepard flight NS-10 on the launch pad the morning of January 23rd, 2019. Courtesy Blue Origin. By Bob Brodbeck Blue Origin successfully launched

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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