The Space Review - 2007-02-19

Welcome to this week’s issue of The Space Review:

Another voice in the wilderness

A cut in NASA’s final 2007 budget may put the development schedule of
the Orion spacecraft and Ares 1 launcher in jeopardy. Stephen
Metschan says that now is the time to reconsider NASA’s current plan
if the US is serious about returning humans to the Moon.

Space tourism and carbon dioxide emissions

The suborbital space tourism industry is emerging at the same time as
concerns about greenhouse gas emissions grow. Steven Fawkes believes
that tourism companies must carefully address this issue or risk
incurring the wrath of environmental activists and government

Past futures

One of the biggest questions about the emerging commercial space
industry is how new companies plan to make money. Bob Clarebrough
suggests that the best way to answer the question is to look at how
previous industries and modes of transportation answered the same

Little red lies

Hollywood is planning a remake of “Capricorn One”, the infamous 1970s
movie about a faked mission to Mars. Dwayne Day reviews the original
movie and how different a remake might be given the developments of
society and moviemaking technology over the last 30 years.

The other side of the Fermi paradox

The Fermi paradox, the absence of extraterrestrial evidence despite
the size and age of the galaxy, is central to the search for
extraterrestrial intelligence. Michael Huang argues that the Fermi
paradox could also chart the future of human civilization.

Review: Into the Black

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has emerged as the preeminent center
for conducting robotic space science and exploration missions.
Taylor Dinerman reviews a new book that offers a history of JPL over
the last three decades.