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By Dale Skran Copyright 2020 On August 18, 2020, a SpaceX rocket roared into orbit with the 12th Falcon 9 flight of the year. This

By Dale Skran SpaceX has had a great week. Early on the morning of August 7, a Falcon 9 launched a batch of Starlink satellites,

Isaac Arthur, recipient of the NSS Space Pioneer Award for Education via Mass Media, has posted this 20-minute video based on the first 12 milestones

By George Mancuso “On 20 July 1969 humans landed on the Moon. This was not merely a historical achievement, but an evolutionary and even cosmic

By Dale Skran Starting March 28, 2018, I initiated a series of blog posts tracking the “SpaceX Triple Trifecta” – a bold attempt by SpaceX

By George Mancuso “Taking more and more passengers out into space will enable them, and us, to look both outwards and back but with a

By Dale Skran On Wednesday April 22 a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit (see image above), bringing the total in

By George Mancuso Boeing announced on April 6th it would fly a second uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) of its CST-100 Starliner. The flight goal

By Dale Skran With most of us under some form of pandemic lockdown, and focused on the terrible events unfolding around us, it is easy

By Dale Skran, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee NASA today announced that SpaceX has been chosen to provide a cargo vehicle, the Dragon XL

Abstract The National Space Society (NSS) proposes a public/private partnership approach to develop and demonstrate space solar power at a sufficiently high level of technical

By George Mancuso NASA and SpaceX successfully completed an in-flight abort demonstration of the Dragon 2 spacecraft from a Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday January

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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