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Ad Astra Volume 28 Number 3

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The magazine of the
National Space Society

Volume 28, Number 3
Fall 2016

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Cover image courtesy SpaceX: The successful Pad Abort Test was the first flight test of SpaceX’s revolutionary launch abort system, and the data captured here will be critical in preparing Crew Dragon for its first human missions in 2017.

Featured Articles:

12
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: ISDC 2017
By Gloria Lloyd

16
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON—TO LAND ON MARS
By John F. Kross

20
DIPPING INTO THE FUTURE
Looking for Life in the Universe

By Lance Frazer

24
CAREFUL, BABY ON BOARD! ROCKETING THE CRADLE TO MARS
By John F. Kross

28
SPACE IN THE SWAMPLANDS
By Mark Williamson

32
U.S. SPACE WALK OF FAME MUSEUM
By Mark Williamson

34
NEW TO FLIGHT: REDUCING THE COST OF ACCESS TO SPACE
By Dale L. Skran

38
THE ESSENTIAL SPACE LIBRARY
By Clifford R. McMurray

42
CISLUNAR EXPLORERS:
WATER-PROPELLED CUBESAT TO LUNAR ORBIT

By Kyle Doyle

44
SPACE INGRASTRUCTURE FOR LUNAR TOURISM
By Dave Dietzler

Departments:

8
NSS CORRESPONDENCE
National Space Society Chapters Impact Thousands in 2015
By Claire McMurray

9
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Pat Silver

10
NSS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Enterprise in Space Program Sparks Visitor Interest at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
By Lynne Zielinski

46
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR
Space Colonization and the Space Movement
By Mark Hopkins

47
SPACE SETTLEMENT COLUMN
Jeff Bezos and the Settlement of Space
By Bruce Pittman

48
BOOKS
Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight before NASA, by Amy Shira Teitel
Reviewed by Robert A. Lee
No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham
Reviewed by Mike White

50
CHAPTER LISTINGS

55
SIGNING OFF
Expedition 47 Soyuz Landing

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