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Ad Astra Spring 2007

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The magazine of the
National Space Society

Volume 19, Number 1
Spring 2007

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Featured Articles:

16
SHUTTLE LAUNCH EXPERIENCE TO BLAST OFF FROM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
A new attraction in Cape Canaveral is the first in a decade-long, $160 million expansion of the space center's Visitor Complex.
By Jim Banke

18
PAROM:
RUSSIA'S RESPONSE TO A RETIRING SHUTTLE FLEET

As NASA moves to retire the shuttle fleet, Russia takes a serious look at creating a new workhorse for low Earth orbit.
By James Oberg

20
A CHANGING OF THE GUARD
The changes in the United States Congress means more oversight and new challenges for NASA
By Brian Berger

27
RECLAIMING THE MOON:
THE FIRST STEP

First the Moon, then Mars, then beyond.
by Richard Godwin

28
MOON BASE:
THE NEXT STEP IN THE EXPLORATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

The United States is returning to the Moon, and this time it intends to stay there.
By Jeff Foust

32
LUNAR OBSERVATORIES:
GRAND PLANS VS. CLEAR PROBLEMS

Humans will return to the Moon no later than 2020, paving the way for treks to Mars and beyond. When liftoff happens, astronomers don't want to be left in the dust.
By Jeanna Bryner

36
BUILDING OUR FUTURE
Our lives, and our civilization, have been enriched by NASA's ability to turn dreams into machines. I only want NASA to choose its dreams wisely.
By Andrew Chaikin

38
SPACE SHUTTLE REVISITED, RE-ENVISIONED
If NASA can use the success of the Apollo-era space designs to return to the Moon, a reusable, fixed-wing orbiter might deserve a second look.
By Benjamin P. Martin


Departments:

5
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
Participatory Exploration and the Future of Our Space Program
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director

24
OPINION
Zero G, Zero Tax: Enabling Private Space Enterprise Through Tax Incentives
By Dennis Wingo

42
REVIEW
Space on Earth
Reviewed by Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides

43
COMMUNITY
Why the Moon?
By Gary Barnhard, Chairman of the Executive Committee

44
SPOTLIGHT: NSS NEWS
Students: Submit Your Entries Now to the NSS-NASA Ames Student Space Settlement Design Contest.

45
CHAPTER LISTINGS

48
SIGNING OFF
China's Space Leadership: Decades in the Making
Thirty-five years ago China entered the space race, but as the new century dawns its intentions become unclear.
By Leonard David

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