This Week in The Space Review…
As part of preparations for the Apollo landings, NASA needed to get detailed imagery of potential landing sites. Dwayne Day reveals a partnership between NASA and NRO that proposed using Apollo spacecraft equipped with reconnaissance satellite cameras to provide those images.
Year of the solar system
While most of the recent attention NASA has received has been on its human spaceflight programs, its robotic missions also are noteworthy. Lou Friedman contrasts the impending milestones for the agencyâ€™s missions with the fiscal issues some of those programs face.
Space colonization in three histories of the future
Space settlement has long been a core tenet of space advocates, who have offered a range of scenarios about how it would work. John Hickman examines these proposals and highlights the flaws in their historical analogies.
NASAâ€™s extended limbo
Last month the president signed into law a NASA authorization bill that reoriented the agencyâ€™s human spaceflight efforts. However, as Jeff Foust reports, budget delays and implementation questions keep NASAâ€™s future plans uncertain.