The Space Review: Utopian Colonies, NASA’s Fate and Space Debris

In  The Space Review, Dwayne Day has an interesting  of the 1970’s space colony movement, which gained adherents for a brief period before sinking into obscurity. Day does a good job of identifying the economic realities (transportation costs, mainly) and the inherent contradictions (an Utopian vision based largely on fear) that prevented the movement from gaining very much traction.

Also in The Space Review this week:

  • John Mankins explains why it’s necessary for NASA and the nation to reinvigorate its technology development efforts.
  • Taylor Dinerman examines what Norm Augustine’s management “laws” and what that could mean for NASA as the Lockheed Martin veteran leads a blue-ribbon panel on the space agency’s future.
  • Jeff Foust looks at the uncertainties surrounded NASA no matter who is selected as administrator.
  • Eric Hedman reviews a book by a former NASA astronaut that offers a photographic look at the T-38 training aircraft.
  • Kirk Woellert provides both technical and policy reasons for why the U.S. can’t go it alone on space debris.