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Ad Astra
Volume 14, Number 5 September/October 2002

DEPARTMENTS:

4 Launch Pad

6 Mission Control

45 Space Community

48 Lifting Off

FEATURES:

12
FINAL FRONTIER: DIVERSITY AND TODAY'S NASA
An extraordinarly diverse workforce populates today’s NASA—it’s not your father’s space
program anymore!
By David Schlom

19
NASA WANTS YOU!
Uncle NASA takes his message to the best and the brightest to fill the agency’s ranks.
By Travis K. Kircher

22
THE MANY DIMENSIONS OF SPACE DIVERSITY: JAPAN
Diversity and cultural dichotomy in the land of the rising sun.
By Joan Freese

26
A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: CHINA’S MANNED SPACE FLIGHT EFFORT
China’s manned space flight effort shifts into high gear. Are “taikonauts” soon headed for the Moon?
By Travis K. Kircher

30
CHINA’S LONG MARCH TO SPACE
The Chinese are making steady progress with their space program—will they be collaborator’s or competitors?
By Rebecca Stowers

32
ROOM WITH A VIEW
Start saving those frequent flier miles... You’ll want to put this potential hotel on your vacation list!
By Matt Brewer

35
THE SPACE SETTLEMENT INITIATIVE
Stake your claim! Frontier-style land ownership as a catalyst for space settlement
By Alan Wasser

41
STRUGGLES OF THE FATHER
Undaunted by disability, circumstance, and
politics: the extraordinary life of Russia’s visionary space theory pioneer.
By Aimée deChambeau


ON THE COVER:
Our cover illustration represents the new generation of diverse talents in the space world's orbit.
Illustration: Barton Stabler/Artville

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