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YOU Are Invited to Be a NASA Virtual Guest for the Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 Mission NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, and Jeanette

Above image courtesy SpaceX. The first orbital test flight of Starship/Superheavy is scheduled for 8 AM Eastern Monday April 17, with a launch window lasting

Famed Billionaire Space Explorer to Receive National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award The National Space Society is proud to present famed space explorer and entrepreneur

The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum Thursday, July 21, 2022, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT Escaping Gravity: My Quest

Better Futures is a new event series produced by Liftport Group which aims to bring together space community leaders to discuss space topics of interest.

Today ‘s global $350 billion space economy will soon bloom into a trillion-dollar economy. Join the National Space Society for the virtual webinar LEO Commercialization:

By Bob Brodbeck After a one-day delay due to high winds and then fog, Blue Origin this morning Wednesday, December 11th, made its last test

The National Space Society has published a position paper on establishing an Outer Space Private Investment Corporation. The objective for this paper is to inform

Image: Starship Alpha construction at Boca Chica, December 23, 2018 (courtesy SpaceX). By Dale Skran NSS Executive Vice President Copyright 2018 I remember movies like

National Space Society congratulates Virgin Galactic on achieving a historic milestone in space tourism Virgin Galactic achieved a historic milestone in space development as the

Image: View from Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity December 13th, 2018 (courtesy of Virgin Galactic). By Bob Brodbeck A historic milestone in space development, and especially

By George Mancuso On September 16, 2014, NASA awarded Boeing and SpaceX contracts to provide crewed launch services to the International Space Station (ISS). For

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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