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 Extends Hubble Space Telescope Support Agreement 
NASA has awarded the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) a five-year, $196.3 million contract extension for operations of the 26-year-old Hubble Space Telescope (HST) through the Space Telescope Science Institute of Baltimore.
Large Close-in Planets May Shape Young Solar Systems 
Discoveries of two very large planets close to their distant young stars are informing still-maturing theories about how and when planetary bodies in solar systems like ours arrange themselves.
Crew Returns From 186-Day Space Station Mission 
Three U.S., U.K. and Russian astronauts departed the International Space Station (ISS) and descended to Earth aboard their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft early June 18, safely ending a 186-day mission to the orbiting science lab.
Astronauts Deserve Lifetime Health Care, House Panel Told 
NASA is ethically obligated to provide its astronauts with lifetime health care, current and former U.S. spaceflight record holders and medical experts told the House Science space subcommittee June 15.
Microgravity Fire Experiment Generates 1000s Of Images 
NASA’s Spacecraft Fire Experiment, Saffire-1, appears to have burned for several minutes June 14, long enough to generate thousands of images for researchers.
Cygnus Cargo Vessel Departs Space Station 
Orbital ATK’s latest Cygnus cargo capsule departed the six-person orbiting science lab early June 14 primed for a much-anticipated fiery encore.
IG Finds Lapses in NASA’s Oversight of Research Accords 
NASA’s inspector general has found lingering lapses in the agency’s oversight of long-running ties to dozens of institutes paid to provide expertise on topics ranging from Earth and planetary science to advances in composite materials, astronaut health and solar activity.
NASA’s Kepler Approved For Two-Year Mission Extension 
NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission, hobbled briefly earlier this year, has received approval for a two-year mission extension.
Mars One Preps for Next Round of Settler Selection 
Mars One will stress problem solving through teamwork as the Dutch nonprofit with investor- and reality-TV-backed ambitions of colonizing Mars in the late 2020s settles on a rigorous, five-day third round of a prolonged astronaut/settler selection process. Its date and place have yet to be set.
Astronauts Enter Bigelow’s Expandable Module, Start Monitoring  17
Astronauts are installing sensors that will watch how the pod responds to temperature, radiation and orbital debris.
Roscosmos Delays Modified Soyuz Launch 
Roscosmos, the Russian state corporation for space activities, has formally rescheduled the launch of its first Modified Soyuz with three new International Space Station crewmembers from June 24 to July 7 to accommodate additional software testing.
ISS Astronaut, Cosmonaut Enter Bigelow Module 
NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and a Russian cosmonaut floated into the Bigelow Expandable Activities Module (BEAM) early June 6, initiating a two-year evaluation of the human-rated, reinforced-fabric prototype habitat.
Station Crew Deploys More Planet Labs CubeSats 
Sixteen of San Francisco-based Planet Labs’ latest Dove CubeSats completed a three-day deployment cycle from the International Space Station late June 1.
Soyuz Launch Reportedly Delayed 
The Russian state corporation for space activities, Roscosmos, has pushed back the launch date for the next three-person International Space Station (ISS) crew from June 24 to July 7 to further check out a flight control system issue that could disrupt docking operations, the TASS news agency says.
New Evidence Points To Asteroid Impacts As Lunar Water Source 
The vast majority of the Moon’s water, a small but significant volatile stored primarily in the lunar interior, was delivered by impacts from asteroids rather than comets over a 200-million-year period that followed the Moon’s formation, an analysis shows.

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