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Book Review: Suborbital – Industry at the Edge of Space

Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space by Erik Seedhouse; Springer/Praxis, New York /Heidelberg; $34.99; 2014. As the dawn of commercial suborbital flight draws closer, author Erik Seedhouse has written an informative book on the topic. The reader will find splendid accounts of such groups as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, and XCOR [...]

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Habitable Planets: Rack ‘em and Stack ‘em Worlds

So close, yet so far…Gliese 832 c is the nearest best habitable world candidate to date. An international team of astronomers, led by Robert Wittenmyer from the University of New South Wales, Australia, have reported the discovery of a new potentially habitable Super-Earth around the nearby red-dwarf star Gliese 832 – a mere hop, skip [...]

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Volunteers Wanted! Sunspot Research

Yes, the Sun has its spots! And now you can take part in research that can help with some of solar physics’ unanswered questions, such as: Are sunspots born complex or do they evolve to become complex? Do sunspot groups that are more complex produce more eruptions? There’s a new Zooniverse project now online called [...]

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Book Review: Sally Ride – America’s First Woman in Space

Sally Ride – America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr; Simon & Schuster, New York, New York; $28.00; June 2014. This is a truly inspiring book, written by a top-notch journalist about an extraordinary woman – Dr. Sally Ride. It’s corny to talk of Ride as a woman who simply served up the proverbial [...]

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New Report Explores Future of NASA Human Spaceflight

A new report from the National Research Council (NRC) — Pathways to Exploration – Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration – is slated for a June 4th release. Members of the authoring committee will present the report’s findings and recommendations and respond to questions at a public briefing beginning at [...]

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