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Ad Astra Summer 2005

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The magazine of the
National Space Society

Volume 17, Number 2
Summer 2005

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Cover image: Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO)

Featured Articles:

14
RETURNING TO FLIGHT
Q and A with Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins and Steven Lindsey
By Tariq Malik

16
MARS METHANE:
THE MYSTERY OF LIFE?

By Robert Roy Britt

21
NASA AND THE STATE OF RISK
Introduction by Anthony Duignan-Cabrera

22
DECONSTRUCTING JIMO
Today the nuclear-powered Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter is on the back burner with the flame turned low.
By Brian Berger

28
THE MOTHER OF INVENTION
Problems of in-flight maintenance and repair.
By James Oberg

30
A RENAISSANCE OF RISK-TAKING
Griping abut NASA's missed opportunities is a favorite topic at conferences.
By James A. Muncy

32
TAKING SERIOUS CHANCES:
RISKY MISSIONS NASA SHOULD DO

"If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business..." Gus Grissom, March 1965
By Dave Brody

34
NUCLEAR POWER:
NOW MORE THEN EVER, OR NEVER?

By Leonard David

40
OF RAG-TAG FLEETS AND OFF-THE-SHELF TECHNOLOGIES
Science fiction depicts various types of space transportation.
By Bill Christensen


Departments:

5
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
A new NASA administrator.
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director

18
OPINION
Risky Business
By Burt Rutan

38
REVIEWS
Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science
Reviewed by John F. Kross
Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
Reviewed by Robert Z. Pearlman

44
COMMUNITY
Factoring the Future
By Gary Barnhard, Chairman of the Executive Committee

45
CHAPTER LISTINGS

48
SIGNING OFF
Two Who Dared: Woman Space Pioneers
By Laura S. Woodmansee

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