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Scott Pace, former NSS Executive Vice President, former Executive Secretary of the National Space Council, and Director of the Space Policy Institute at the Elliott

The mission of the National Space Society’s (NSS) Legal Fellows Program is to provide gifted and highly motivated law students with a national platform to

By Fisher Smith, NSS Legal Fellow In recent years, private companies have begun to push the boundaries of outer space, making it more affordable to

By Leana Brown, NSS Legal Fellow In 1957 the USSR launched the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth, Sputnik. Since then, increased space activity and

By Jessica Berger, NSS Legal Fellow Pollution isn’t the first thing people usually think of when they are talking about space exploration and development. But

The National Space Society urges the rapid selection of a dynamic new NASA administrator to replace Jim Bridenstine. NASA is currently engaged in many important

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

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 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

National Space Society’s Ongoing Support for Commercial Spaceflight Shows Results On Tuesday, at 11:01 pm Eastern Time, SpaceX’s Crew-1 flight successfully docked with the International

By Bailey Cunningham, NSS Legal Fellow In 1897, H.G. Wells envisioned a Martian invasion. Today we know there is no need to panic, but that

Paper to be presented at upcoming Moon Village Association Cyber Conference. By Joseph N. Pelton (Dean Emeritus – International Space University) and Jim Crisafulli (Director

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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