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Ad Astra 2003 #4

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The magazine of the
National Space Society

Volume 15, Number 4
Sept-Oct-Nov 2003

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ON THE COVER: NSS Photographer Joe Marino captures space shuttle Columbia in a time-exposed lift off in 1999.

Featured Articles:

Burt Rutan’s Personal Space
Aviation maverick Burt Rutan has his eye on the prize—the X Prize to be precise—and is building a means to capture it.
By Rob Loughran

Go along for the ride with Ecliptic Technologies innovative tools for keeping an eye on Space.
By Rebecca Stowers

A Woman of Space
In an excerpt from the new book Women of Space: Cool Careers on the Final Frontier, meet a woman who dreams of building a Noah’s Ark for space.
By Laura S. Woodmansee

The Spaceships that Never Were
Drawing board or desert flat—these next gen’ craft never quite got the green light.
By Travis K. Kircher

My Trip to Mars
NSS photographer Jim Marino suits up, trains, and joins the 400,000-plus who have already made the journey to Mars.
By Joe Marino

The New Etiquette of Propulsion
That disc-shaped thing in the sky? Maybe it’s one of ours. The future of propulsion technology is that exotic...
By Meg Baker

Honoring Heroes
The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame welcomes its four newest inductees.


4 Launch Pad

6 Mission Control

10 Policy Insight

11 Countdown

12 Guest Space

42 Space Community

48 Lifting Off

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