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’s Mars InSight Mission Team Settles On 2016 Landing Site 
NASA’s next Mars lander, InSight, will aim for a touchdown on a smooth patch of terrain within Elysium Planitia in the northern equatorial region of the red planet.
NanoRacks ISS CubeSat Deployer Returns To Action 
Two delayed Planet Labs, Inc., Earth observing Dove CubeSats were successfully launched from the International Space Station last week.
Space Station Ready For Next Phase Of Commercial Crew Program 
Astronauts just completed a successful eight-day, three-spacewalk campaign to install communications antennas and extend utility cables to two future docking ports.
Astronauts Await NASA Decision On Future ISS Spacewalk 
Water was observed in astronaut Terry Virts’ spacesuit helmet earlier this week.
NASA Faces New Spacesuit Water Leak Concerns 
A small quantity of water detected in the spacesuit helmet worn by U.S. astronaut Terry Virts following his nearly 7-hr. spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Feb. 25 once again raised concerns over the shuttle-era garments.
ISS Spacewalkers Complete Utility Connections 
They also made other preparations for changes to the station’s U.S. segment this year that will clear the way for the arrival of Boeing and SpaceX-launched capsules carrying astronauts.
World View Tests Parafoil On High-Altitude Balloon
The test was a milestone in the company’s bid to develop a piloted flight profile for a gondola outfitted for tourists or science payloads.
Astronauts Ahead Of Schedule On Planned USS Utility Cable Work 
The second of three 6-to-7-hr. spacewalks intended to extend power, data and heater cables to the first of the docking ports for use by Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s crewed Dragon is scheduled to get underway early Feb. 25.
NASA Delays Start Of Space Station Spacewalk Campaign 
The postponement came after the U.S.-led Mission Management Team on Feb. 19 cleared the use of spacesuits with air and cooling water circulation components similar to those that have displayed recent problems.
NASA Evaluates Spacesuit Issue Ahead Of Space Station Reconfiguration 
NASA is evaluating a new spacesuit issue as it prepares to embark on a series of seven spacewalks this year that are intended to prepare docking ports aboard the six-person orbiting science laboratory for the arrival of the first U.S. commercial crew vehicles by late 2017.
Four Picked For U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame 
The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame has set May 30 for the induction of former NASA astronauts John Grunsfeld, Steven Lindsey, Kent Rominger and Rhea Seddon.
Russian Cargo Capsule Docks With Space Station 
The automated docking unfolded at 11:57 a.m. EST, as the unpiloted Russian freighter and the six-person ISS orbited 257 mi. above the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Puerto Rico.
Mars One Cuts Settlement Pool To 100 Men And Women 
Most of them are younger than 35 years of age, more than a third of the 100 candidates currently live in the U.S. and all but 21 hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
ISS Crew Preps European ATV For Departure; Dragon Returns 
The Dragon capsule, loaded with 3,700 lb. of science experiments, station hardware and trash, was headed for port in Long Beach, California on Feb. 11 after being hoisted aboard a SpaceX recovery vessel.
Fifth SpaceX Cargo Mission Departs Space Station For Earth 
SpaceX’s fifth Dragon re-supply mission departed the International Space Station with 3,700 lb. of research gear and other equipment on Feb. 10 en route to a Pacific Ocean splashdown and sunset recovery off the southern California coast.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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