NSS Issues Call to Action for American Space Leadership

The National Space Society calls for the United States to make civil space a high national priority in order to ensure American leadership in scientific discovery, technology development, and the creation of new industries and new applications that will benefit all humanity. Five actions are necessary to achieve this objective:

Formulate a Strategy to Achieve the Ultimate Goal. Congress and the Administration shall institute, by no later than February 28, 2013, a comprehensive civil space strategy to achieve the long-range goal of the human settlement of space, including the use of space to better life on Earth.


This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston….

1. Monday, January 31, 2011 , 2-3:30 PM PST: We welcome Meidad Pariente, ME of Israel to discuss GEO satellite collision issues.

2. Tuesday, January 31, 2011, 7-8:30 PM PST: We welcome back Berin Szoka regarding internet freedom issues and his new book, “The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet.”

3. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 , 9:30-11 AM PST: We welcome back Michael Belfiore to discuss his new body of work, articles, and more.

4. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, 12-1:30 PM PST: We welcome Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese regarding space policy, military space, and much more. Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese has been a Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College since August 2002.

Space Exploration Alliance to Blitz Congress Next Week


The Space Exploration Alliance, the nation’s largest coalition of non-profit space advocacy groups, is poised for its annual visit to Capitol Hill where members will embody the broad public support for human space exploration.

SEA members will be meeting with over 100 Congressional members and staff between February 21 – 23, one of the most ambitious campaigns since the inception of the annual SEA events in 2004.


Space Foundation: Mixed Assessment of NASA’s New Direction



It’s not going to be business as usual. That is perhaps the only definitive thing we can say about President Obama’s FY 2011 NASA proposal, released on Feb. 1. The proposal calls for completing the current Space Shuttle mission schedule even if it slips into 2011, canceling the Constellation program and scuttling plans to return to the Moon by 2020, shifting human space transport to commercial entities, extending the life of the International Space Station to carry out additional scientific research, investing in research and development with a significant emphasis on new technologies, cost reduction, and commercial partnerships, and focusing on education to prepare our workforce for further space endeavors.


Space Review Looks at Spaceports, Space Science and Missile Defense

Artist Impression of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipOne over Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Artist Impression of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipOne over Spaceport America in New Mexico.

In The Space Review this week:

Jeff Foust examines whether the supply of spaceports is outstripping the number of space planes.

Foust looks at the relationship between science and human spaceflight on the eve of the Obama Administration’s release of a new space policy.

Taylor Dinerman examines the role space assets can play in missile defense.

John K. Strickland, Jr. responds to a recent Dwayne A. Day essay that criticized space advocates for being obsessed with specific space technologies.

National Academies Want Your View on the Future of the U.S. Space Program

Wanted! Your Views On America’s Space Program Goals

The new study “Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program” is looking for the public’s view on the following questions:

What’s the future of human, robotic, commercial, and personal spaceflight? Is your life impacted in a meaningful way by the space program? What kind of emphasis should the space program represent in going forward? How can the country’s civil, or non-military, space program address key national issues?

Views – positive or negative – of the general public are welcomed. This study is sponsored exclusively by The National Academies, and it is not receiving any funds from government agencies or any other external sources.

MIT Weighs In on Future U.S. Space Program


A team led by MIT researchers releases today the most comprehensive independent review of the future of the nation’s human spaceflight program undertaken in many years. The report recommends setting loftier goals for humans in space, focusing research more clearly toward those goals, and increasing cooperation with other nations and private industry.