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Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: Douglas G. Adler Title: Space: The Human Story Author: Tim Peake Format: Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle Pages: 330 Publisher: Century Date: October 2023 Retail

Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: Casey Suire Title: NACA to NASA to Now: The Frontiers of Air and Space in the American Century Author: Roger D.

Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: John J. Vester Title: Planet Earth, Past and Present: Parallels Between Our World and its Celestial Neighbors Author: Michael Carroll Format:

NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy Publishes Report on Clean Power from Space but Leaves Critical Gaps in Technology and Economic Assessments Image: A

By Robin Scott The NSS North Houston Chapter hosted Houston Air Traffic Controllers Holly Cron and Jesse Strickland who spoke on “How Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operations

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

Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: Loretta Hall Title: Cosmonaut: A Cultural History Author: Cathleen S. Lewis Format: Hardcover/Kindle Pages: 324 pages Publisher: University of Florida Press

Guest Speaker: Captain Robert “Hoot” GibsonDate and Time: Monday January 29, 5:30 p.m. CSTLocation: DMACC West Campus, 5959 Grand Ave., West Des MoinesJoin Zoom Meeting:

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,

Category: Nonfiction Reviewed by: Dale Skran Title: Space Forces: A Critical History of Life in Outer Space Author: Fred Scharmen Format: Hardcover/Kindle Pages: 272 Publisher:

Free MiniCube Balloon Flights to the Upper Atmosphere Image courtesy JP Aerospace The Sacramento L5 Society (SacL5), one of the oldest continuous non-profit space advocacy

By Jennifer Muntz, NSS Membership Coordinator, and Burt Dicht, NSS Managing Director of Membership Ensuring the safety and success of human spaceflight missions is crucial

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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