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Space Review May 7 2012

Charles Rector's Weblog; May. 10, 2012; By Charles Rector
Type: News

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

The Triway into Space Declaration
Space advocates often argue whether future exploration and commercialization efforts should focus on the Moon, Mars, or asteroids. Peter Kokh and Al Anzaldua explain why advocates for all three destinations should join forces to ensure appropriate funding for technologies that can be used to realize everyone's goals.

EnhancedView's cloudy future
Late last week GeoEye announced an offer to acquire its chief rival in the commercial remote sensing market, DigitalGlobe, a proposal that was quickly rebuffed by DigitalGlobe. Jeff Foust reports that while there may not be a merger or acquisition involving those companies now, proposed cuts in the government's EnhancedView program could lead to major changes in the industry in the near future.

Space merchants and planetary mining
Although Planetary Resources got plenty of attention last month with its long-term plans to mine asteroids for water and other resources, it's not the only company with an interest in mining solar system bodies. Ayodele Faiyetole discusses the potential benefits of this emerging commercial interest in extraterrestrial resource extraction.

Reviews: short space ebooks
The growing adoption of electronic books, or ebooks, has created a new market niche of books bigger than a conventional magazine article but smaller than a typical printed book. Jeff Foust reviews a couple space-related samples of these small, inexpensive ebooks.

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

Planetary Resources believes asteroid mining has come of age
Long relegated to science fiction and the dreams of space enthusiasts, the concept of asteroid mining took a big step forward last week when startup company Planetary Resources announced its intent to extract water ice and other resources from near Earth asteroids. Jeff Foust reports on the company's plans and the obstacles it faces.

A space joint stock company
Some space-based applications can be very expensive, but also hold the prospect of being very lucrative. Trevor Brown describes how a joint stock company involving various companies and even the government can develop a profitable infrastructure of solar power satellites and other products potentially worth trillions.

Photo Gallery: Discovery arrives in Washington
A collection of images from the arrival earlier this month of the shuttle Discovery in Washington and its transfer to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center.

Review: The Final Journey of the Saturn V
The recent moves of the shuttles Discovery to Washington and Enterprise to New York are are part of a more complex, and even controversial, transition process than what the remaining Saturn V rockets went through in the early 70s, when they were simply put on display outdoors, exposed to the elements. Jeff Foust reviews a book that looks at the effort to restore one of those old rockets to its former glory.

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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