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November 02, 2005

The Care Up There - Space Nursing

Melissa Langone had an article about space nursing recently printed in "Nursing Spectrum", in the September 26, 2005 issue. Titled "The Care Up There - A career in space nursing? It’s not pie in the sky." Melissa's article is available online. She describes the interactions between health care and space exploration, the role of nurses at NASA, and the need for nursing skills as humans travel to new worlds.

Posted by apsmith at 07:47 PM

October 12, 2005

Our Future Is In Space

The following letter was published in the Washington Post, Tuesday, October 11, 2005, Page A16. Reprinted by permission of the author, Gary Barnhard, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee.

Our Future Is In Space

To paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke, it is not clear if the Oct. 2 editorial "Ground This Mission" represents a failure of nerve, a failure of imagination, or both.

Continue reading "Our Future Is In Space"

Posted by apsmith at 03:43 AM

It would be wrong to put NASA on hold

The following letter from NSS member Jim Spellman, responding to an earlier reader letter, was published September 30th in The Daily Republic. Reprinted with permission of the author.

It would be wrong to put NASA on hold

A recent Letter to the Editor by Suisun City resident Muriel Birland (DR Sept. 25) suggested "we need serious thoughts of what our top priority should be . . . Putting NASA on hold until we take care of our people (affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita)."

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Posted by apsmith at 03:35 AM

September 28, 2005

Humans Must Push to Their Limits to Survive

The following letter was published in the New York Times, September 25, 2005, in response to an op-ed piece by Robert Park on September 22, "The Dark Side of the Moon". Republished here with permission of the author, Greg Zsidisin, president of the NYC chapter.

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Posted by apsmith at 02:46 AM

August 01, 2005

Why they go

The following op-ed piece was published in the Washington Examiner, Wednesday, July 27th, 2005. Reprinted by permission of the author.

Why they go

By Michael Huang

Not too long ago, it was conventional wisdom that astronauts were national heroes, boldly going where no one had gone before. But conventional wisdom changes and the current consensus is that humans in space are obsolete, superseded by cheap and versatile robots that go farther than humans can. Unfortunately, this new conventional wisdom, although persuasive, is a half-truth.

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Posted by apsmith at 06:38 PM



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