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.

Houston’s Ellington Airport Becomes 10th FAA-Licensed Launch Site 
The move marked a milestone in the Houston Airport System’s vision for an urban spaceport whose development is paced by private sector investments and fueled in part by its longstanding ties to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Launch Failure Rocks SpaceX Advance  7
Failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 cargo mission is a setback for the company, though the severity of the consequences has yet to be determined.
Russian Progress Cargo Launch Will Help ISS, But Not Much  8
Russia’s next Progress resupply mission to the International Space Station offers little if any direct relief after more than 5,500 lb. of pressurized and unpressurized cargo bound for the outpost rained down on the Atlantic Ocean in fragments Sunday.
Falcon 9 Failure Strains ISS, But Doesn’t Break It  17

Operations on the International Space Station can continue for now without major upset in the wake of Sunday’s failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon capsule crammed with supplies and equipment, but the program will have to make significant adjustments to accommodate the loss.

U.S. Reliance on Russia for ISS Ops Grows With Falcon 9 Loss 3
With the loss of the SpaceX Falcon9/Dragon resupply mission, the U.S. is temporarily without the means to launch astronauts or cargo to the International Space Station.
Falcon 9 Fails on Launch to Space Station 8
Falcon 9 launch failure raises near-term questions about supplies for space station crew and could complicate SpaceX's push to launch national security payloads.
Roscosmos Picks Kazakh Aydin Aimbetov For ISS Flight 
Cosmonaut Aydin Aimbetov will prep to become the third Kazakh to launch into space and the second to visit the International Space Station as he joins a Russian/European crew for a 10-day taxi mission to the orbiting science laboratory in early September.
Cosmonaut Poised To Set Time-In-Space Record 
Current ISS commander Gennady Padalka will set a new record for accumulated time away from Earth on June 28.
NASA Presses Stirling Radioisotope Power System Development 
NASA’s Radioisotope Power System Program is seeking information on Stirling radioisotope power systems capable of generating 100 to 500 watts of electricity for future robotic missions and possibly human deep-space activities spanning a decade or more.
NASA’s Aging Mars Odyssey Ready For New Duties 
After nearly 14 years of record-setting orbital operations and more than 1.1 billion mi. on its virtual odometer, NASA’s Mars Odyssey mission spacecraft is stocked with enough fuel to remain active for another decade.
Moon Swathed In High-Altitude Dust 
NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (Ladee) has detected an apparent perpetual cloud of dust around the Moon.
Joint U.S./Japanese TRMM Spacecraft Reenters Earth’s Atmosphere 
The spacecraft weighed in at 5,800 lb. unfueled when it was launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center on Nov. 27, 1997, to study rainfall in the tropics and subtropics and improve models of global warming and climate change.
Space Station Enters Ambitious Stretch At Half Staff 
Currently, the launching of Russia’s Soyuz TMA-17M with NASA’s Kjell Lindgren, Japan’s Kimiya Yui and Russia’s Oleg Kononenko to restore normal six-person operations, once set for May 26, is planned for late July 22.
U.S., European and Russian Space Station Crewmembers Land Safely 
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, the European Space Agency’s Samantha Cristoforetti and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov landed just eight hours shy of having spent 200 days in orbit.
Planetary Society Hails LightSail Strides 
“The solar sail is looking great, and we just could not be more pleased with the way it turned out, especially with all the ups and downs the project has been through,” Project Manager Doug Stetson says.
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