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By Bob Brodbeck Earlier today, Wednesday April 14, 2021, Blue Origin successfully completed the 15th flight of the New Shepard rocket and capsule system at

Opinion by Dale Skran Image: SN10 vaults skyward 03 03 2021, courtesy SpaceX A bit more than a year and a half ago [August 28,

By Namrata Goswami Art work by James Vaughan The newly minted Space Force Journal (SFJ) with its beautiful space art makes for exciting and inspiring

OPINION by Dale Skran, NSS CEO With thanks to Fred Becker, Greg Autry, and Al Globus for their suggestions. Image of Starship taking off from

By Laura Brady, NSS Legal Fellow Krafft Ehricke once said, “If God wanted [hu]man[s] to become a spacefaring species, He would have given [hu]man[s] a

By Bob Brodbeck Activities in the suborbital space tourism arena indicate that it is highly likely this business will finally become operational, flying paying passengers

By Fisher Smith, NSS Legal Fellow Why should we spend the money, effort and time focusing on outer space exploration and development? After all, it’s

High-Altitude Test Flight is a Huge Step Toward National Space Society Goals of Space Settlement On December 9, at 5:45 p.m. EST, SpaceX’s Starship was

By Dale Skran With a multitude of records surrounding this flight, the most important aspect is certainly the main cargo—Nanorack’s Bishop airlock. This airlock was

By Bob Brodbeck This morning at 8:36 am CST the Blue Origin New Shepard space flight program resumed at the company’s West Texas facility with

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:

A Small Announcement May Have Large Consequences for Space Development The National Space Society (NSS) enthusiastically supports NASA’s September 10 announcement to purchase Moon rocks

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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