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This Week in the Space Review April 23rd, 2012

Charles Rector's Weblog; Apr. 29, 2012; By Charles Rector
Type: News

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

A shuttle's transfer in an agency's era of transition
Last week NASA formally delivered the space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian, flying the orbiter to Washington to take the place of Enterprise. Jeff Foust reviews the events of that transfer, and how it stirred up some old feelings and concerns about the future of the space program.

Pictures at an exhibition
What was it like to see the shuttle Discovery arrive in Washington? Dwayne Day offers a first-hand, photographic account of the shuttle's arrival and welcoming ceremony.

Does "Star Trek" make space travel look too easy?
A recent comment by a space expert suggested that the "Star Trek" television shows and movies had made space travel look perhaps too simple. Andre Bormanis argues that this is an issue not about complexity but rather communications.

Hacking space
Spaceflight has long been seen as the exclusive realm of governments and large companies, but that perception may be changing. Jeff Foust reports on technical and financial innovations that are allowing small groups, even volunteers, make progress on rockets and related projects.

The coming golden age
Has the golden age of space exploration already passed us by? Eric Hedman looks at a little-known chapter in American history as evidence that the golden age is yet to come.

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

Working towards a space code of conduct
The concept of a "code of conduct" for space operations has generated some debate in recent months. Thomas Taverney discusses what attributes a code should and should not have in order to protect national security and permit safe space operations.

A new "Great Enterprise" for space settlement
Space settlement remains a long-term goal for some space advocates, but many hurdles remain to realizing that dream. Jeff Foust reports on a new initiative by the Space Studies Institute to address one of the key unknowns.

Theft, the sincerest form of flattery
As NASA's shuttles start to make their way to their retirement homes this week, some remember the short-lived Soviet shuttle that appeared to be a copy of NASA's vehicle. Dwayne Day examines a report that offers new insights into how the Soviets acquired shuttle technology.

Launching 64 times per day
Greater utilization of space will require much higher launch rates than seen today. Ronald Menich examines the economics of a notional system that would launch nearly as many times in a single day as take place worldwide in a year.

Review: Imagining Outer Space
Spaceflight has has a significant influence on modern society, which in turn has also influenced spaceflight. Jeff Foust reviews a book that examines that mutual relationship from a European perspective.

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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