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The Space Review March 12 2012

Charles Rector's Weblog; Mar. 15, 2012; By Charles Rector
Type: News

Welcome to this week's issue of The Space Review:

Commercial crew in the spotlight
NASA's proposal to spend over $800 million in 2013 on its commercial crew program has raised concerns in Congress, including in two hearings last week. Jeff Foust reports on those congressional concerns and the responses from NASA and industry.

The sounds of distant thunder: American intelligence collection on the Soviet space shuttle program
As the Soviet Union started development of its version of the Space Shuttle, the Buran, what did American intelligence agencies know about it? Dwayne Day reviews available records to track their efforts and identify missteps they made along the way.

Competition and the future of the EELV program (part 2)
Rising costs of EELV-class launches threaten to hinder NASA's ability to support a range of science missions. Stewart Money examines how the government got into this situation and a potential way out.

Reopening the Window of Opportunity
Newt Gingrich was briefly in the news about space last week, making a campaign stop in Huntsville, Alabama. Jeff Foust traces back some Gingrich's space policy comments to a book he wrote nearly three decades earlier that offered a optimistic, if ultimately unrealistic, look at America's potential future in space.

Space 1975, 1999, 2099
A producer is shopping a remake of the famous TV series "Space: 1999" called "Space: 2099".  Dwayne Day looks back at what made the original series so distinctive and the prospects for that remake.

If you missed it, here's what we published in our previous issue:

Has suborbital's time finally arrived?
For the last several years reusable suborbital vehicle developers have promised that they'll be ready to begin flights in the next year or two, only to push those schedules back. Jeff Foust reports on progress that those companies are making, which could finally mean those flights really are right around the corner.

Red lines in outer space
An important element of space security is deterrence, but what should the "red lines" be that a potential adversary would cross to trigger a response? Matthew Kleiman and Sonia McNeil discuss the importance of setting such red lines as part of a space code of conduct.

Out of sight but not out of mind
Detecting and studying underground facilities has been in the news given concerns about Iran's nuclear programs. Dwayne Day examines the roles satellites play in such studies based on Cold War and more recent experience, and their limitations.

Review: Space Chronicles
Neil deGrasse Tyson has become one of the leading spokespersons about astronomy and space for the general public. Jeff Foust reviews his latest book, a collection of essays where he tries to make the case for continued space exploration.

We appreciate any feedback you may have about these articles as well as
any other questions, comments, or suggestions about The Space Review.
We're also actively soliciting articles to publish in future issues, so
if you have an article or article idea that you think would be of
interest, please email me.

Until next week,

Jeff Foust
Editor, The Space Review

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