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Summer Reading: Indispensable Books on the History of the Space Shuttle


When NASA began work on what became the Space Shuttle at the end of the Apollo program, few recognized how important a part of American life it would become over the next thirty-plus years. While not vast, the literature on … Continue reading

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Is there an Intrinsic Superiority of Reusable Space Launch Vehicles over Those That are Expendable?


A debate has long raged between those who believe that reusable launch vehicles (RLV) are the only—or at least the best—way to fly to and from Earth orbit and those who emphasize the continuing place of expendable launch vehicles (ELV) … Continue reading

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Course Syllabus for “Spaceflight and Society: Exploring the History of the Final Frontier”


Beginning on August 31 I started teaching as an adjunct instructor at the Johns Hopkins University. The course is “Spaceflight and Society: Exploring the History of the Final Frontier.” Only one class meeting thus far, but it has been great … Continue reading

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Length of Human Spaceflight Programs from Inception to First Piloted Flight


I was struck recently during a short analysis of U.S. human spaceflight programs by the length of time it has taken to go from program approval to piloted flight. The time has been growing, as well as the cost. There are good … Continue reading

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No Americans Beyond LEO for a Decade?


Mark Whittington has published on news.yahoo.com a story about the difficulties in the human spaceflight program of the United States. It has elicited a lot of negative reaction. One policy analyst ironically commented: “Aren’t we lucky to watch this slow-motion implosion of … Continue reading

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Reports, Reports Everywhere, and not a Shuttle Replacement in Sight


Hard to believe, but twenty years ago this December 17, the presidentially chartered Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program issued an especially significant report to the president that recommended the replacement of the Space Shuttle. Chaired … Continue reading

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A New Vision for Tomorrow in Space


By G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius In the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, astronauts shuttled from the Earth to an orbiting Space Station as activities in low-Earth orbit have become routine. Commercial enterprises carried out many of … Continue reading

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Whither the “Vision for Space Exploration” after Six Years?


It might not be the nice round number that we are used to commemorating but today, January 14, 2010, marks the sixth anniversary of the announcement of the “Vision for Space Exploration.” Six years ago this morning President George W. … Continue reading

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