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.
 
 

Articles
Messenger Mission Ends With Mercury Crash 
NASA’s out-of-fuel Messenger mission spacecraft crashed into the cratered far-side terrain of the planet Mercury late April 30, as predicted, carving a new depression estimated at 50 ft. in length in a region also marked by past lava flows.
Russia’s Progress 59 Becomes Unexplained Launch Casualty 2
Russia’s troubled Progress 59 cargo spacecraft is unable to dock with the International Space Station and will make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, U.S. and Russian flight controllers told the orbiting lab’s six-member crew on April 29..
Russian Space Station Resupply Mission Remains In Jeopardy 5
New attempts to contact Russia's wayward Progress 59 cargo freighter en route to the International Space Station have so far been unsuccessful.
Dawn Settles Into Ceres Science Orbit 
NASA’s Dawn mission spacecraft, the first man-made probe to circle two Solar System bodies, is poised for science operations at the large asteroid Ceres, after maneuvering into the first in a succession of lower-altitude orbits.
Cabana Honored With National Space Trophy 
Robert Cabana, director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, was presented with the 2015 National Space Trophy for career contributions to the U.S. space program in April 24 ceremonies hosted by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation.
NASA Widens Circle of Experts In Search for Life Beyond Earth
NASA’s newly announced Nexus for Exoplanet System Science seeks to establish a foundation for future space and terrestrially-based observatories with capabilities to assess the environments of distant exo-planets for evidence of life.
Space Station Avoids Debris From Russian Weather Satellite 
U.S. and Russian flight control teams for the International Space Station coordinated an orbital debris avoidance maneuver early April 23 as a precautionary measure to avoid a close pass from a fragment associated with an obsolete Russian weather satellite.
NASA Selects Seven Space Technologies For Test Flights 
Seven space navigation, propulsion and manufacturing technology demonstration proposals have been selected by NASA for suborbital and parabolic test flights in 2015-16 under the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program.
NASA’s Messenger Not Ready To Go Quietly 
As it carries out its final orbits of the planet closest to the Sun, NASA’s Messenger Mercury mission leaves mounting intrigue over the Solar System’s early era, including the distribution of life’s precursors.
SpaceX Supply Capsule Reaches International Space Station 
The sixth SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule successfully rendezvoused with the International Space Station early April 17.
CASIS Says Non-NASA Science Interest In Space Station Growing 
From new users to repeat customers, the nonprofit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space reports a growing interest in the International Space Station as a laboratory research platform.
Ad Astra Envisions NASA Partnership Opening New Commercial Vistas 
Although Ad Astra Rocket Co. isn’t giving up on aspirations of interplanetary travel, the 10-year-old enterprise is focused firmly in the near term on ground-level refinements and a key demonstration of its novel plasma propulsion technologies through a new NASA Advanced Exploration Systems partnership agreement.
SpaceX Resupply Mission Launches To International Space Station 
SpaceX’s sixth Dragon commercial resupply mission spacecraft climbed to orbit April 14, initiating a three-day trip to the six-person International Space Station (ISS) with a 4,300-lb. cargo, following a 24-hr. weather delay.
Lightning Threat Halts SpaceX Launch Attempt 
SpaceX and NASA planned a second attempt to launch the sixth Falcon9/Dragon commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station on April 14, a 24-hr. delay, after a lightning threat late in the first countdown on April 13 forced a postponement.
Simulations Support Giant-Impactor Theory For The Moon’s Formation 
Convention suggests the Moon formed in the late planet-forming stages of the 4.6-billion-year-old Solar System, when a Mars-sized impactor struck the Earth—the final “giant impact” in an accretion process involving primarily small protoplanets.
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May 18, 2015
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Fire In the Cabin 2

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May 15, 2015
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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

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May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015
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Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More
May 7, 2015
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Vantage Searches For An Advantage 3

It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those forward-swept wings, which beyond looking awesome, allow for a larger cabin as the main structure for the wings can be behind the seating area....More

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