Mark Carreau

Mark Carreau
Space Contributor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Mark is based in Houston, where he has written on aerospace for more than 25 years. While at the Houston Chronicle, he was recognized by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in 2006 for his professional contributions to the public understanding of America's space program through news reporting. He has written on U. S. space policy as well as NASA's human and space science initiatives.
Mark was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and Headliners Foundation as well as the Chronicle in 2004 for news coverage of the shuttle Columbia tragedy and its aftermath.
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.

NASA Safety Panel Raises Concerns Over Commercial Crew, Orion Testing 
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program faces safety risks because of a lack of transparency, according to the latest annual assessment of the agency’s programs by the independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP).
Boeing, SpaceX Prepare For First Crew Flights To ISS 4
NASA and its commercial crew partners open up about their plans, now that the legal hurdles have been cleared.
Reconfigurations Will Prepare ISS for Commercial Crew Vehicles 
The effort to prepare the six-person orbiting lab for dockings by Boeing CST-100 and SpaceX crewed Dragon capsules will require an estimated seven spacewalks and hardware deliveries on most of the five commercial resupply missions remaining this year.
Kepler Astronomers Find Oldest Star System With Terrestrial-Sized Planets 
Observations made with NASA’s Kepler space telescope suggest that the formation of Earth-like planets around stars similar to the Sun has been under way since the earliest era of the universe.
NASA, Commercial Crew Partners Pledge Savings, Operations by 2017 
Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts awarded to the two companies in September – $4.2 billion to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX – will lead to an average per seat cost of $58 million versus the $76 million currently charged by Russia for three-seat Soyuz flights.
Planetary Society Outlines LightSail Test Plans 
The Planetary Society is preparing for the first test flight of its LightSail experiment in May, which is designed to assess the deployment mechanism for the four-part, 344-sq.-ft. Mylar sail from a three-unit CubeSat.
New Atmospheric Pollution Monitor Installed Outside ISS 
The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) Earth observatory was successfully removed from the fifth SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule berthed to the International Space Station and installed outside the Japanese Kibo laboratory module early Jan. 22.
Obama Offers Best Wishes To NASA’s One-Year Astronaut 
President Barack Obama extended best wishes to NASA astronaut Scott Kelly during the president's State of the Union address, as Kelly prepares to launch to the International Space Station this spring for a U.S. record-setting one-year stay.
One-Year Space Station Mission Set To Begin In March 
Plans for the first one-year missions to the International Space Station by U.S. and Russian astronauts seem well-timed from the long view.
Space Station’s One-Year Crew Prepared For Remodeling, Research 
The International Space Station has an ambitious schedule of research and reconfiguration ahead as it soon becomes home to its first two crewmembers prepared to spend a year aboard the six-person orbiting science laboratory.
No Sign Of Ammonia Leak On Space Station After Alarm 
U.S. and European crewmembers aboard the International Space Station retreated to the six-person orbiting lab’s Russian segment early Jan. 14 in response to an alarm that signaled a possible internal leak of toxic ammonia coolant from the NASA-monitored thermal control system.
NASA Urged To Strengthen Deep Space Health Efforts 
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), an arm of the congressionally chartered National Academies, has found knowledge gaps on seven fronts in NASA’s evolving efforts to define and overcome the health risks confronting astronauts assigned to future long-duration and exploration missions.
SpaceX Dragon Berthed To Space Station 
U.S. commercial launch services provider SpaceX’s fifth Dragon resupply capsule rendezvoused with the International Space Station ahead of schedule early Jan. 12.
NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover Reaches Long Mission’s Summit 
The camera-toting rover crested at Cape Tribulation Jan. 6, just ahead of the 11th anniversary of the robotic spacecraft’s Jan. 25, 2004, landing for a primary surface mission that was to last just three months.
ISS Partners Consider More One-Year Missions 
The 15-member International Space Station partnership would ideally like to host as many as a dozen astronauts aboard the orbiting research laboratory for up to a year, according to Mike Suffredini, NASA’s space station program manager.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 29, 2015

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Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

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Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 4

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

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During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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