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
Recent Martian Meteorite May Host Organics Of Biological Origin 

HOUSTON – A multinational research team reports evidence of organic material of biological origin within the crevices of a fragment from  Tissint, a more than 26-lb. meteorite of Martian origin that was witnessed falling into Morocco on July 18, 2011 and recovered just three months later.

The analysis by French, Chinese, German and Japanese researchers raises anew the debate over whether Mars, now cold, dry and with a thin atmosphere rich in CO2, was once suitable for microbial life.

Deep Space Cosmic Rays Draw Concern From Human Spaceflight Experts 
Just as the U.S. begins to assemble and flight test spacecraft components for a new era of human deep space exploration, the deep space radiation environment is growing more hazardous, according to a recent study.
Orion’s ‘Trial By Fire’ Delivers Data For Final Design 39
NASA’s new Orion crew capsule flew its first test in space with clocklike precision Friday, using two unmanned orbits that took it deeper into space than any human spacecraft has gone since Apollo 17 before a bull’s-eye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
Orion’s Deep-Space Data Scoop 
NASA’s new Orion crew capsule flew its first test in space with clocklike precision Friday, using two unmanned orbits that took it deeper into space than any human spacecraft has gone since Apollo 17, and then achieved a bull’s-eye splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
Exploration Flight Test-1, Orion’s ‘Trial by Fire,’ Underway 
The first Orion crew exploration vehicle soared into orbit from Cape Canaveral just after sunrise on Friday, initiating Exploration Flight Test-1, a much-anticipated $370 million, 4 1/2-hr. audition of the NASA/Lockheed Martin spacecraft envisioned to start humans on future missions of deep space exploration.
Launch Teams Hustle To Place Orion In Orbit Early Friday After Scrub 
NASA and its contractor partners assessed the readiness of the Orion crew exploration vehicle and its Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle late Thursday as they prepared for another attempt to launch the capsule on its two-orbit, 4.5-hr. space debut early Friday.
Recent Martian Meteorite May Host Organics Of Biological Origin 
A multinational research team reports evidence of organic material of biological origin within the crevices of a fragment from Tissint, a more than 26-lb. meteorite of Martian origin that was witnessed falling into Morocco on July 18, 2011 and recovered just three months later.
EFT-1 To Examine Orion’s Astronaut Environment 
Humans will be noticeably absent from the NASA/Lockheed Martin Exploration Flight Test-1 Orion capsule as it embarks on its first spaceflight, a two-orbit test mission that will include a searing descent through the Earth's atmosphere.
First Space 3-D Part Produced On ISS 
The printer serves as a prototype for a space additive-manufacturing capability that may one day become an essential part of NASA’s toolkit for human deep-space exploration.
ISS Marks Production Of First Space 3-D Part 

HOUSTON – The first of about 20 planned small plastic parts, or coupons, emerged last week from Made in Space Inc., the 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in September.

The printer served as a prototype for a space additive manufacturing capability that may one day become an essential part of NASA’s tool kit for human deep space exploration.

 
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