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Students from India win Space Settlement Design Contest

The Grand Prize for the 2011 NASA/NSS Space Settlement Contest went to a  team of seven high school students from Punjab, India, for their double-torus space settlement design called Hyperion. The winning design was selected from 355 submissions from 14 … Continue reading

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Popular Science Magazine: The Case for Populating the Universe

The March issue of Popular Science magazine provides a feature cover story titled “After Earth: The Case for Populating the Universe — and How We’ll Get There.”  The 11-page nicely-illustrated article covers a wide range of space exploration and development … Continue reading

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Desert RATS

by Dave Fischer If you want humanity to explore the Solar System, you have to test the systems you plan to use for moving around and living. And where is there a readily available harsh environment for such testing? Arizona. … Continue reading

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The next great American frontier is UP!

The Space Development Steering Committee has released the following statement with accompanying graphic, which may be freely distributed: In the 19th century, America redefined the global economy by opening a new frontier, a new landscape of real estate, resources, and … Continue reading

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The Long Run Geopolitics of Space Settlements

NSS CEO Mark Hopkins writes on The Long Run Geopolitics of Space Settlements in the latest issue of Ad Astra magazine. Below is a précis. The vast majority of the resources of the solar system are in space rather than … Continue reading

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Space settlement is the alternative to a pessimistic future

NSS Senior Operating Officer Mark Hopkins writes on Alternative Futures in the latest issue of Ad Astra magazine: Because the Earth is running out of resources, the media is full of stories about our limited future. The public has been … Continue reading

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Call for Papers, NSS Space Settlement Journal

The National Space Society is founding a new online, high-quality, peer-reviewed journal, the NSS Space Settlement Journal. Journal-quality papers are solicited on all aspects of space settlement. Topics may include, but are not limited to, space settlement design, technology development, … Continue reading

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LCROSS Impact Data Indicates Water on Moon

By Jonas Dino, NASA Ames Research Center From http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/prelim_water_results.html November 13, 2009 The argument that the moon is a dry, desolate place no longer holds water. Secrets the moon has been holding, for perhaps billions of years, are now being … Continue reading

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Vision of the Future

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Paths to Space Settlement

I’ve recently finished a paper on space settlement called “Paths to Space Settlement.”  Here’s the abstract: A number of firms are developing commercial sub-orbital launch vehicles to carry tourists into space. Let’s assume they attract many customers and become profitable. … Continue reading

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