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Ad Astra Volume 22 Number 2

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National Space Society

Volume 22, Number 2
Summer 2010

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On the Cover: The International Space Station flew across the face of the Moon over NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida approximately 15 minutes before the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-131 mission. Image Credit: NASA Photo courtesy of Fernando Echeverria.

Featured Articles:

9
THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA FOR SPACE
NSS applauds the President's commitment to the mission of NASA and the role of space in providing for the future.

17
MISSION TRAINING: ATLANTIS'S FINAL FLIGHT
Atlantis takes her final historic flight.
by Peter Trabucco

20
FINDING SOLUTIONS IN THIN AIR
International problem solving on the ISS.
By Tabatha Thompson

24
A NEW ERA FOR SCIENCE:
RESEARCH ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

By Clifford R. McMurray

28
AMERICA'S SPACE PROGRAM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CONFERENCE
The President defends his budget.
By Lewis Groswald

30
SPACESHIP TWO HAS WINGS
Space tourism efforts are underway.
By Douglas Mesier

32
A LOOK AT LUNAR EXPLORATION FOR NASA
Looking at what's involved with returning to the Moon
By David Schlom

38
IS THE PRIVATE SECTOR READY FOR HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT?
A look at the issues involved in commercial human spaceflight
By Jeffrey Foust

44
NASA'S SPACE COMMUNICATIONS AND NAVIGATION
Don't leave Earth without it!
By James Schier

Departments:

10
LETTER FROM HEADQUARTERS
Farewell...
By Brett Silcox

11
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

13
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Student innovators from the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards.
By Lynne Zielinski

14
NSS CORRESPONDENCE
Upwards and Onwards: Space tourism offers a new dimension to humankind's curiosity
By Meghan Baker

42
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGIATE SOLAR POWER SATELLITE DESIGN COMPETITION
By Peter Garretson

43
EDITORIAL
Not Much Has Changed...
By Dr. Al Koller

46
SPACE SETTLEMENT
The Long Run Geopolitics of Space Settlements
By Mark Hopkins

47
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Change Is All Around Us
By Gary Barnhard

48
BOOKS
How to Find a Habitable Planet, by James Kasting
Reviewed by Charlene Brusso
50 Years of Rockets and Spacecraft, by Ed Buckbee
Reviewed by Frederick I. Ordway, III

50
CHAPTER LISTINGS

55
SIGNING OFF
Cassini provides a closeup view of Saturn's moon Mimas

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