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 American Space Exploration and Development

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Articles from H.W. Wilson book, American Space Exploration and Development.
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 The U.S. Space Program: A Laudable Past, a Mudlled Present

1.  Balogh, A. (2009). ABOVE AND BEYOND. History Today, 59(7), 14-20. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

2.  Brick, K. (2008). 50 and Counting. Ad Astra, 20(1), 38. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

3.  Gaudin, S. (2009). Apollo R&D Technology History. Computerworld, 43(24), 12. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

4. Potter, A. (2009). Fear of a Red planet is just what we need. Maclean's, 122(29/30), 11. Retrieved from EBSCOhost

5.  Tyson, N. (2006). Delusions of Space Enthusiasts. Natural History, 115(9), 21. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

6. CHANG, K. (2011, January 25). For NASA, Longest Countdown Awaits. New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved from EBSCOhost..

At a Crossroads: Should NASA Be overhauled?

1. Homans, C. (2010). The Wealth of Constellations. Washington Monthly, 42(5/6), 18. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: The article deals with the efforts of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to escape from its financial constraints. NASA reportedly seeks to free its human spaceflight program from obligations to maintain its orbit-oriented activities by helping commercial rockets onto the launch pad. Low-earth-orbit space travel has also to shift from a government program to a business in order that NASA can redouble its research and developments projects.

2. Space to thrive. (2010). Economist, 394(8668), 86. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: The article discusses initiatives for the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration put forth by President Barack Obama. Obama wants to extend the life of the space station, develop more powerful ways to launch vehicles into space, and commit almost $5 billion to research in technologies such as robotics and sensors.

3. Zubrin, R. (2010). Wrecking NASA. Commentary, 129(6), 37. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: The article discusses the policy of the administration of U.S. president Barack Obama regarding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It describes Obama's cancellation of former president George W. Bush's plan to expand space flight, establish space bases on the moon, and go to the planet Mars.

4. Tumlinson, R. (  ). The role of government in a new American space agenda.  Huffington Post.

5. DEUTSCH, B. (2010). SAVING OUR SPACE PROGRAM. USA Today Magazine, 139(2786), 32. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: The article discusses the need to retain the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's space program. It cites the importance of considering budgetary issues and a robust space program to keep the U.S. competitive in the space sciences market. To rekindle the national mythology of the U.S., space exploration has a role, according to the author. It highlights the relevance of the space program to help Americans boost their own essence.

6. TIERNEY, J. (2010, April 13). NASA, We've Got a Problem. But It Can Be Fixed. New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- During his trip to the Kennedy Space Center this week, President Obama will be confronted with an awkward political reality: when it comes to space exploration, sometimes even Republicans can be passionate advocates for the public option. They've joined with Democratic colleagues in Congress to oppose Mr. Obama's plan to reduce NASA's missions and to encourage private companies' rockets to haul cargo and astronauts into space. Mr. Obama's critics accuse him of abandoning NASA's glorious trailblazing tradition -- and maybe, if your constituents have jobs at NASA, it's possible to see something pioneering about an agency whose flagship goes a few hundred miles into space. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

7. Friedman, L. (2011). Merging human spaceflight and science at NASA. The Space Review


Outer space goes out to bid:  Should Private companies lead U.S. spaceflight?

1. Chang, K. (2011). Businesses take flight, with help from NASA. The New York Times.

2. Hughes, M. (2010). NOT LOST IN SPACE. Industrial Engineer: IE, 42(7), 38-40. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: The article focuses on the effort of various industrial engineers to seek a cost-effective means for suborbital tourism. It cites the airline company DreamSpace, which on carrying its first passenger up in the middle to late 2010, about a year behind Virgin Galactic Inc. Brian Feeney, the company's chairman, president, and chief executive officer (CEO), hopes to use an enhanced engine to add a third passenger, dripping the price to 19,000 dollars per person. He stresses that it is their ability to produce things in certain volume and have the economies of scale they believe is there.

3.  Chafkin, M. (2010). THE EXPLORER. Inc, 32(8), 80. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: The article focuses on entrepreneur Elon Musk who aims to establish a human colony on the planet Mars by 2030. It mentions his accomplishments that earned him the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the "Inc." periodical. According to him, the initial public offering (IPO) of his firm Tesla Motors in 2010 was the first for an automobile firm since Ford went public in 1956. Also mentioned are his future plans, one of which is to design and manufacture a zero-emission airplane.

4. Moon dreams: the Americans may still go to the moon before the Chinese (2010). The Economist.

5.  Foust, J. (2011). Commercial crew and NASA's tipping point.  The Space Review.

A bold mission or sheer lunacy? Should we return to the moon?

1. Marlow, J. (2009). MOON-RUSH: IS THE UNITED STATES SITTING OUT OF THE NEXT SPACE RACE?. Ad Astra, 21(1), 12. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Abstract: The article focuses on the slowing down of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to participate in space explorations despite of the successful space missions of Asian countries. It notes that India, China and Japan have gained accomplishments in moon and planet explorations, however the U.S., Russia and European Space Agency have showed less participation on space race. It also cites that NASA's loss for space enthusiasm could be due to broken shuttles and strained budget.

2. Buzz ldrin: Apollo astronaut says: forget the moon, let's colonize Mars. Buzz aldrin with Brittany Sauser. Technology Review.




Greenlighting the Red Planet:  Should we go straight to Mars?








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