Category Archives: Space

Re-Direct: “NASA-Russia Cooperation: What You Need To Know”


Marcia Smith at Space Policy On-Line has a terrific blog post entitled, “NASA-Russia Cooperation: What You Need To Know.” It details the present kerfuffle over U.S./Russian cooperation in space. The information is outstanding; the perspective insightful. I recommend it as … Continue reading

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Announcement: Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference, April 11-14, 2014


The Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference is a unique, international meeting starting today in Washington. It focuses specifically on the needs of the air and space museum community and features three days of panel discussions and concurrent sessions. … Continue reading

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Call for Submissions: 2014 Sacknoff Prize for Space History


  First awarded in 2011, the annual prize is designed to encourage students to perform original research and submit papers with history of spaceflight themes. The winner receives a $300 cash prize, a trophy, and the possible publication in the journal, Quest: The History of … Continue reading

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NASA and the Stimulation of Non-Space Applications from Space-related Technology


Much has been made over the years of what NASA calls “spinoffs,” commercial products that had at least some of their origins as a result of spaceflight-related research. Most years the agency puts out a book describing some of the … Continue reading

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The Transit Program and the Origins of Nuclear Power Systems for Spaceflight


Since the dawn of the space age more than 50 years ago, the United States has pursued a variety of methods for delivering electrical power to spacecraft in flight. Nuclear power systems are the only ones that have been found … Continue reading

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Is There a Military Human Spaceflight Mission on the Horizon?


There has been a long mating dance between the civil and military space programs over the years relative to the role of humans in space. In a succession of recent studies ranging from the Air Force Science Board’s “New World … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination”


Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination. By Denis Cosgrove. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. Astronaut Joseph Allen recently made the observation that exploring the Moon in the 1960s was never really about … Continue reading

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Historical Analogies and the Commercial Development of Space


I recently completed a study on historical analogies and the commercial development of space. This study explored several historical episodes in U.S. history where the federal government undertook public/private efforts to complete critical activities valued for their public good. This largely … Continue reading

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Announcement: Space Policy and History Forum # 11, March 10, 2014, Washington, D.C.


Please consider attending the March 10th Space Policy and History Forum # 11 where we will feature Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com . The event will be held at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. Details are below. I hope to … Continue reading

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Announcement: Lecture on “Exoplanets and the Real Search for Alien Life” by Sara Seager


For those in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2014, please consider attending the National Research Council’s Space Science Week free public lecture. “Exoplanets and the Real Search for Alien Life” by Sara Seager Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, MIT … Continue reading

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