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 Narrows Down Astrophysics Mission Proposals 
Two missions will be selected in 2017 for final development, with launch set for no earlier than 2020.
Undersea Astronauts Tout Telementoring Technologies 
Wearable telementoring devices are showing promise for rendering medical assistance and equipment repair tasks during future deep space missions, according to U.S., European and Japanese astronauts participating in a NASA-sponsored undersea mission simulation.
NASA Awards Wyle Human Spaceflight Health Services Contract 
NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded Wyle Laboratories Inc. of El Segundo, California, a potential $1.44 billion contract to provide a wide range of medical and biomedical services in support of the agency’s human spaceflight programs, including research aboard the International Space Station.
Study Outlines Public-Private Moon To Mars Human Exploration Strategy 
NASA’s efforts to foster private sector cargo and crew transportation services in support of the International Space Station could serve as cost-cutting model for U.S. human Mars exploration ambitions through the phased development of a commercial base on the Moon for propellant production, a space agency-backed study says.
NASA Funds Research Into Deep-Space Physical, Mental Health Issues 
NASA is funding 24 investigations related to astronaut health on future deep-space missions with $12.9 million in grants to scientists at 21 U.S. research institutions.
NASA Credits Russian Ties For Restored Six-Crew ISS Operations 
Top NASA officials credited close ties with Russia for successful efforts to restore the International Space Station to extended six-person operations late July 22.
ISS To Resume Six-Person Operations With Soyuz Launch 
U.S., Russian and Japanese astronauts lifted off for the International Space Station late July 22, prepared to restore the orbiting science laboratory to six-person operations for the first time since June 11.
GAO Urges More Vigilant SLS Cost, Schedule Analysis By NASA 
The audit arm of Congress urges more frequent independent cost and schedule appraisals of the long-running SLS initiative — which has yet to receive a full cost estimate — that NASA is counting on for eventual human missions to Mars.
NASA’s Dawn Closing In Again On Ceres 
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is once again advancing closer to the large asteroid Ceres, following a 17-day hiatus during which ground controllers identified and responded to a mechanical issue with the gimbaling of the No. 3 ion propulsion engine.
ISS Program Faces Cost Challenge As It Seeks Extension 

HOUSTON – NASA faces a steep rise in the cost of supporting the International Space Station (ISS), according to a cautionary audit from the agency’s inspector general.

It is a trend that threatens to take a prolonged financial toll if a U.S.-backed, four-year extension of operations through 2024 wins support from the orbiting lab’s major partners.

Station Astronauts Take Shelter To Avoid Debris Threat 
The International Space Station (ISS) crew took shelter in their docked Soyuz crew transport vehicle early July 16 after a fragment from a former Russian weather satellite threatened to pass close before flight controllers here and in Moscow could arrange an avoidance maneuver.
Mars One Outlines Next Astronaut Selection Steps 
Mars One, the Dutch nonprofit trying to establish a growing human settlement on the Red Planet by the late 2020s, plans to use team challenge, isolation and rigorous interview strategies to cull its current international roster of 50 men and 50 women down to 24 prospective colonists.
Planet Labs CubeSats Launched From ISS 
Deployments of 16 CubeSats from the Japanese segment of the International Space Station are planned through July 16, following the initial launchings of six Planet Labs small satellites July 13-14.
Commercial Crew Test Pilots Expect to Walk Shop Floor 
“That is actually one of the parts we enjoy most: actually getting out there and working with the engineers, working with the people that are making it happen," says Bob Behnken, who handed off his NASA chief astronaut duties last week to become one of NASA’s commercial crew cadre.
Spaceflight Networks Secures Partners To Expand Small Sat Ground Station Link 
Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries’ Spaceflight Networks is forging partnerships with four satellite data and spacecraft radio providers to expand the global reach of its young low latency data network specializing in the communications requirements of the surging small satellite sector.
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