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Collision Course: The Threat of the Kessler Syndrome

Collision Course: The Threat of the Kessler Syndrome

By Heath Hoeffner - In the boundless expanse above, a silent menace lurks: the Kessler Syndrome. As our presence in space grows, so does the danger of a catastrophic chain reaction of collisions, generating a perilous cloud of debris. Without a method...

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Howlin’ for Progress: Rethinking the Wolf Amendment

Howlin’ for Progress: Rethinking the Wolf Amendment

By Heath Hoeffner - In the realm of space exploration, the Wolf Amendment stands as a legal barricade, stifling scientific collaboration and progress. This amendment, which restricts certain interactions between NASA and Chinese space activities, was...

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Navigating the Ethical Quagmire of Space Tourism

Navigating the Ethical Quagmire of Space Tourism

By Alexandra Dolce - Space tourism enables non-astronauts to travel to outer space for leisure and business.  It will enable travelers to experience microgravity, visit landmarks and to literally view the universe. It has the potential of creating new...

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Oversight Beyond Sovereignty: An Innovative Approach

Oversight Beyond Sovereignty: An Innovative Approach

By Ed Koellner - The burgeoning space industry has brought to the forefront the critical issue of ownership of oversight for in-space activities. This article examines the important discussion that took place during a Full Committee Hearing –...

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The Fate of the International Space Station

The Fate of the International Space Station

By Nick Nielsen - Sir Francis Drake—to the Spanish, a notorious privateer, while, to the English, a national hero— returned from his circumnavigation of 1577-1580 on his flagship Golden Hind, loaded with treasure taken from Nuestra Señora de la...

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