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Settling Space

  • "Settling Space" Resource Packet (February 2001) - PDF version
  • "The Importance of Space Settlement to Our Society and to Humanity" (Policy Committee, January 24, 2001) - PDF version
  • "NSS Decries "Stop-go" Approach of NASA to Human Exploration Projects Beyond Low-Earth-Orbit" (Release, January 26, 1998) - PDF version

The International Space Station

Moon

  • "Return to the Moon: Why & How" (Policy Committee, January 29, 2001) - PDF version.

Mars

  • "NSS Hails Reported Discoverty of Water on Mars" (NSS Press Release, May 28, 2002) - PDF version.
  • "Humans to Mars: Why & How" (Policy Committee, February 4, 2001) - PDF version.
  • "NASA's Mars Exploration Plan" (NSS Press Release November 20, 2000) - PDF version
  • "Mars 2010" (NSS Executive Committee Resolution, November 2000) - December 1998 PDF
  • "In Situ Resources" (Resolution, Executive Committee, March 1999) PDF version
  • Mars Policy (Board Statement, September 1996) PDF version

Asteroids

Nuclear power in Space

  • "Cassini" (NSS Policy Committee, Position Statement, September 1997) - PDF version
  • "Cassini Talking Points" (News Advisory memo from NSS HQ, September 15, 1997) - PDF version
  • "Responding to Concerns That Might Be Raised / NUCLEAR RTGs & CASSINI MISSION TO SATURN / What you Should Know and What You Can Do" -- Tools for Cassini Response ("Inside NSS," September 1997) - PDF version
  • "Cassini" (Statement by Executive Director and NSS President Charlie Walker, September 8, 1997) - PDF version

Miscellaneous

  • Space Tourism (October, 2004) - PDF version
  • NSS Members Energized By World's First Private Spaceflight (June, 2004) - PDF version
  • NSS Congratulates China on Its First Human Space Mission (Release, October 14, 2003) - PDF version
  • The Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report (Release, August 26, 2003) - PDF version
  • Regulation of Model Rocketry (Letter to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, June 11, 2003) - PDF version
  • "U.S. Space Transportation Policy" (February 11, 2003) - PDF version
  • "Satellite regulation" (Memo from NSS Executive Director to members of Policy Committee, August 7, 2001) - PDF version
  • "Space Tourism" (Statement, June 20, 2001) - PDF version
  • "1% for the Future" (Call for NSS chapter action, April 2000) - PDF version
  • "Space Solar Power" (Policy Committee memo from Lawrence Roberts, Chair, June 10, 1999) - PDF version
  • "Space Solar Power" (Spacecause Legislative Alert, June 12, 1998) - PDF version
  • "Transhab" (NSS Policy Release, June 10, 1999) - PDF version
  • "Mir/Cargo Craft Collision" (Executive Director Statement, June 30, 1997) - PDF version
  • "Future-X: Modernizing Space Transportation" (Backgrounder, June 1998)
  • "X-33 Demonstrator" (Backgrounder, June 1998)
  • NASA: Soaring to the Next Century? - Congressional testimony by APS President David Brandt. (February, 1997)

"Why Space?"

  • "Why Explore Space" (Position Paper by Brian Chase, NSS Executive Director (February 13, 2003) - PDF version
  • "Why We Do -- and Must -- Go Into Space" (Essay by Jeffrey G. Liss, NSS Senior Vice President, February 8, 2003) - PDF version
  • "Why Send Humans to Space? Columbia Aftermath" (Essay by Gregory H. Allison, NSS Executive Vice President, February 16, 2003) - PDF version
  • "Why Send People Instead of Just Robots into Space?" (Essay by Richard Godwin, NSS Director. February 2003) - PDF version
  • Common Sense and Outer Space (Essay by then NSS President Charles Walker, 1993).
  • Why We Explore Space (Essay published in Final Frontier by NSS President Charles Walker, 1992).

Obsolete, duplicative, superseded, or otherwise lost:

  • "Cassini Mission: Event Calendar and Reactions" (Activist Toolkit: September 12, 1997)
  • "Mars Pathfinder" (Talking Points, July 3, 1997)
  • "Human Exploration of Mars." (1999 or earlier)
  • "Mars and Phobos."(1999 or older)
  • "The Space Station Program and Space Development" (1999 or earlier)
  • "Space Station: A Stepping Stone for Science and Exploration" (1999 or earlier)
  • "A Half Dozen Reasons for Supporting Space Development" (1999 or earlier)
  • "Nonterrestrial Materials: A Critical Resource" (1999 or earlier)
  • "Outer Space and the Global Environment" (1999 or earlier)
  • "Basic Research Priorities in Space" (1999 or earlier)
  • "Commercial Space Act of 1997" (1999 or earlier)
  • "Earth's Energy Future: Nuclear and Satellite Solar Power" (1999 or earlier)
  • Space and Molecular Nanotechnology (1995).
  • "The National Aerospace Plane and the Highway to Space" (1999 or earlier)
  • Cassini/Huygens Mission Backgrounder (September 1997).
Thanks to Jeff Liss for compiling this list.

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