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Elon Musk talk “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species” to be webcast September 27

On Tuesday September 27, on the second day of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk will deliver a special keynote presentation on “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.” Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be … Continue reading

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Dropping the Ball in a Rotating Space Settlement

Here’s a virtual space settlement “ball drop” experiment courtesy of Joe Strout. The ball starts out six meters above the deck, initially stationary with respect to the rotating settlement. Then it is dropped, much like Galileo dropping stones from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, … Continue reading

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New in the NSS Space Settlement Journal: Bootstrapping Lunar Industry

Making It on the Moon: Bootstrapping Lunar Industry, a paper by Dave Dietzler, has just been published in the NSS Space Settlement Journal. Abstract: The cost of rocketing cargo into space is very high. Great savings can result if local resources … Continue reading

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Space Colonization and the Space Movement

By Mark Hopkins Chair of the Executive Committee, National Space Society The National Space Society (NSS) and its precursor organization, the L-5 Society, have been promoting Space Settlement since 1975. Our ultimate goal is nothing less than the settlement of … Continue reading

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NSS Board Member Al Globus Provides Updates on Space Settlement Research

Last year National Space Society Board of Directors member Al Globus released three pre-prints that together suggested a radically easier path to space settlement. A major part of this is the discovery that space settlements in Low Earth Orbit very close to … Continue reading

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The Billionaire’s Race to Colonize Space: Blue Origin and SpaceX

Elon Musk has made it clear that his mission with SpaceX is to colonize Mars and to help humanity become a multi-planet species. Jeff Bezos states that Blue Origin is “working hard to bring closer the day when millions of people can live … Continue reading

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The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016

The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2016 (H.R. 4752) has been introduced by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher “to require the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to investigate and promote the exploration and development of space leading to human settlements beyond Earth, and … Continue reading

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You can help develop space settlements!

NSS Director Al Globus is working on a new space settlement design and you can easily help just by taking this short space settlement survey. It’s a one page introduction followed by eight required and six optional questions. The survey usually takes … Continue reading

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Settling Space Is the Only Sustainable Reason for Humans to Be in Space

OPINION by Dale Skran, National Space Society Executive Vice President This article appeared in The Space Review, February 1, 2016 As robotic and artificial intelligence technologies improve and enable increasingly robust exploration without a human presence, eventually there will be … Continue reading

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Interviews of NSS Chairman Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins, Chairman of the NSS Executive Committee, was interviewed on The Space Show on January 4 on the subject of space settlement in general and interstellar space settlement in particular. You can download the 90-minute program here: thespaceshow.com/show/04-jan-2016/broadcast-2617 You can … Continue reading

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