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NASA Report Spotlights Evolving U.S. Private-Sector Space Activities

A new NASA report provides an introduction and overview, and a look into the future, of the emerging “space ecosystem” and American private-sector space activities. Titled Emerging Space: The Evolving Landscape of 21st Century American Spaceflight, the report is by the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist, 2014. The report is available from NASA’s Emerging [...]

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OECD Report: A New Space Race

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has unveiled their new report: The Space Economy at a Glance 2014. The report provides a statistical overview of the global space sector and its contributions to economic activity. This new edition provides indicators and statistics based on both official and private data, in over forty countries [...]

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Drop Zone! Crosshairs on a Comet

Europe’s Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is nearing a nail-biting moment – when the Philae lander is to be unleashed for a touchdown on the celestial wanderer. The primary landing site is landing site “J” – a spot that has relatively flat terrain and good solar illumination. There is a detailed timetable for the descent [...]

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Book Review: Why Mars – NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration

Why Mars – NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration by W. Henry Lambright; Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland; $49.95 (hardcover); 2014. Wondering when humans will set boot on Mars? Author W. Henry Lambright has written an absorbing and detailed look at the long trail of robotic Mars exploration program from its origins to [...]

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Windows on Earth – Take a Look!

Windows on Earth is an educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach. The photos are often dramatic, and help us all appreciate  home planet Earth. Windows on Earth also operates software on the International Space Station,  as [...]

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