Tag Archives: Earth science

Announcing My New Study: “Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce”


I have just published as a part of the NASA History Series Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce.  The write-up for it reads: “With the rise of a range of private-sector entrepreneurial firms interested in pursuing space commerce, … Continue reading

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Proposed Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society” Course, Fall 2013


I am the instructor for a course at Johns Hopkins University in the Fall 2013 semester with the title, “Spaceflight and Society.” I taught this class in the fall of 2011 as well and had a great time doing it, … Continue reading

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A Clear View of Alaska, and the Problem it Presents


This is really interesting. NASA released this rare photograph of Alaska from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on June 17, 2013. Most of the time the state is covered with clouds, but not on that … Continue reading

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Announcement of Opportunity to Submit Input to Study on Human Spaceflight


Now is your chance to tell everyone what you think about the direction the United States should take in human spaceflight. The U.S. National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies is currently conducting a congressionally‐requested study to examine the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age”


Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age. By Matthew Brzezinski. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2007. The fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, sparked the publication of … Continue reading

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Publication of my Edited Work: “Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Exploration”


I am pleased to note that this week Palgrave Macmillan released my edited work, Exploring the Solar System: The History and Science of Planetary Exploration. This book has been years in the making, and includes essays on a broad selection … Continue reading

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Video of Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium Available


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission in 1962, the NASA History Program Office, in conjunction with the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, the NASA Science Mission Directorate, and the Jet … 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 past few the years relative to the role of humans in space. In a succession of recent studies ranging from the Air Force Science … Continue reading

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Great NASA Video: “Walking On Air”


This video features a series of time lapse sequences photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station. Set to the song “Walking in the Air,” by Howard Blake, the video takes viewers around the world, through auroras, … Continue reading

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Announcement of Space Policy and History Forum #4


Falling Back to Earth: A First Hand Account of the Great Space Race and the End of the Cold War Space Policy and History Forum #4 Presented by Dr. Mark Albrecht, Board of Trustees, USSpace LLC Abstract: Mark Albrecht will … Continue reading

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