Commentary

  • Is It “Space” or “space?”

    Is It “Space” or “space?”

    By Frank White As SpaceX, Virgin, and Blue Origin begin to offer spaceflights to people who are not trained astronauts, the question has arisen as to where space begins and who is really an astronaut? NASA set the boundary of space at 50 miles (80 km) above the surface of the Earth. This definition allowed…

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  • Space Community Number Five

    Space Community Number Five

    Earth is humanity’s first space community. What is, or will be, the next space community?

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  • A Seat at the Table

    A Seat at the Table

    As a member of the Oneida Nation, part of the Iroquois Confederacy, Hawk knows all too well what a colonial mindset can bring forth, because his ancestors experienced it firsthand. He fervently hopes that Indigenous involvement in the space industry will mitigate the harm that would be done by an exploitative approach to the solar…

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  • If We Stay Home

    If We Stay Home

    We don’t often think of ourselves, of humanity, as a species, but that is what we are, the product of billions of years of evolution on a small planet at the edge of a galaxy in an immense universe. As a species, we face a decision, one that has been long in coming, but now…

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  • The Future Has Arrived

    The Future Has Arrived

    Recently, Rhonda Stevenson, President and CEO of Orbital Assembly Corporation, suggested that I talk with Andre Bormanis and Dan Hawk as part of this blogging series. What a delightful conversation it was! Andre is a member of OAC’s Board of Advisors and is a science consultant for the Star Trek inspired show, The Orville. Dan…

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  • Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons

    Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons

    Recently, Rhonda Stevenson, President and CEO of Orbital Assembly Corporation, suggested that I talk with Andre Bormanis and Dan Hawk as part of this blogging series. What a delightful conversation it was! Andre is a member of OAC’s Board of Advisors and is a science consultant for the Star Trek inspired show, The Orville. Dan…

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  • We Choose to Go to the Moon…

    We Choose to Go to the Moon…

    If the Artemis mission eventually succeeds, it will be another milestone in humanity’s evolution into the cosmos. It could also mark the beginning of a movement from mission to migration, and a recognition that space exploration above all else benefits the Earth.

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  • Space on Earth, Earth in Space

    Space on Earth, Earth in Space

    The context is not “Earth versus Space,” but “Earth in space.” We are creating safe harbors for the future ‘star sailors’ of this ‘new ocean’ of space.

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  • Why Space?

    Why Space?

    Frank White, author of the Overview Effect, and OAC advisory board member asks, “Why Space?”

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