FROM Joan Johnson-Freese
Challenger Disaster and Its Impact on the Space Program NASA was created to run America's race into space after the Soviet Union launched the orbiting satellite Sputnik in 1958. Twenty-five years ago, the Challenger spacecraft exploded 73 seconds after launch. Six astronauts and school teacher Christa McAuliffe lost their lives. What's happened to NASA and America's competition with other nations in space? Joan Johnson-Freese, author of Heavenly Ambitions : America's Quest to Dominate Space, is Professor of National Security Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Will US-Russia Tensions Impact Space Exploration? The space shuttle is being phased out, and NASA won't have its own transportation for astronauts to the International Space Station . From 2010 to 2015, there's a deal to use Russian rockets. But because of the actions in Georgia, the full range of US Russian ties is under review. What will happen if the deal doesn't go through? Joan Johnson-Freese, author of the forthcoming Heavenly Ambitions: Will America Dominate Space, is a specialist in international space policy at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Navy Prepares to Shoot Down Spy Satellite The space shuttle Atlantis is back on Earth. Now the Navy is said to be taking aim at the failed spy satellite that has fallen out of orbit. The FAA has warned pilots to stay out of airspace west of Hawaii, which is apparently where what's left of the satellite may come to Earth after the Navy shoots it down. Joan Johnson-Freese, who chairs Nation Security Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, is author of Space as a Strategic Asset .
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