A couple of items from this week’s issue of The Space Review:
- Reporting on the just-completed Mars Society Conference in Colorado, Tom Hill notes that NASA’s Chris Shank had little new to say about the upcoming exploration architecture. The Mars Society is planning to hold next year’s conference in the Washington, DC area featuring a one-day “Congressional Blitz” on Capitol Hill.
- Taylor Dinerman critiques a recent essay in Le Monde that featured an “International Aeronautics and Space Administration” carrying out the first human mission to Mars. He is skeptical that such an international space agency is a good idea. He also touches upon the Iran Nonproliferation Act in his article, wondering if any attempt to amend the legislation to aid NASA will be done in broad public view or tucked away as a provision of a much larger, unrelated bill.