New Book: "Remembering the Space Age"

A new NASA Special Publication (SP-4703) entitled Remembering the Space Age was released this month and is now available on the NSS website as a 9-megabyte PDF download.

This book is not just another space history. Instead, it examines the meaning of the Space Age in the broadest possible sense. It is an examination of the place of space exploration in human history and how the record of the Space Age has been preserved and represented in the wider culture.

The 480-page book consists of a collection of 21 essays stemming from an October 2007 conference sponsored by the NASA History Division and the National Air and Space Museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age.

The essays cover a diverse range of topics from “Robert A. Heinlein’s Influence on Spaceflight” to “Cosmonaut Nostalgia in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film” to “China’s Human Spaceflight Program and Chinese National Identity” to “Cultural Functions of Space Exploration,” and much more.

A hard copy of the book retails for $54, but the PDF version is free and has been added to the online NSS Space Policy Library.

Ad Astra Special Report "Back to the Moon" now available online

The Special Report “Back to the Moon” from the Summer 2008 issue of the National Space Society magazine Ad Astra is now available online. The report chronicles the many reasons for returning to the Moon and the vehicles that will take us there, and examines the lunar materials that will help us stay there permanently. The report is downloadable as a 4.3 megabyte PDF file.

This beautifully illustrated report showcases the exceptional quality of the publication that NSS members regularly receive.  The latest issue of Ad Astra includes a special report on the threat of impact of near Earth objects. If you are not yet a member, check out what you are missing in the Ad Astra section of our website, and then join NSS to receive this superb publication (not to mention to also support the creation of a spacefaring civilization for the benefit of all humanity!).

Space-Based Solar Power study released by Naval Research Laboratory

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) this week publicly released a study completed in November 2008 on Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP). This study was initiated by and prepared for top NRL management in part as result of the publication in October 2007 of the National Security Space Office’s (NSSO) report “Space-Based Solar Power as an Opportunity for Strategic Security”.

The study concluded “that SBSP concepts and technologies are inherently viable, require further development, and are integral to many national security applications for energy independence and military superiority. Compelling research and collaboration opportunities exists for qualified organizations like NRL. Leadership needs to focus these efforts to construct a SBSP capability with true benefit and value.”

The complete report, Space-Based Solar Power: Possible Defense Applications and Opportunities for NRL Contribution, is now available online as part of the NSS Space Solar Power Library.