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
Improvements Aside, NASA Cost, Schedule Challenges Mounting, Auditors Say 
The U.S. General Accountability Office has followed an encouraging 2015 assessment of NASA’s stewardship of major spacecraft development efforts with some frank warnings about the future.
NASA Likes Boulder Option For Asteroid Redirect Mission 
The favored “Option B” strategy outlined March 25 by NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot – robotically nabbing a boulder from the surface of a larger asteroid in deep space and steering the catch into a stable orbit around the Moon – adds complexity and an estimated $100 million to the price tag of its “Option A” rival.
Sierra Nevada Eyes Houston For Dream Chaser Landings 
Sierra Nevada Corp. and the Houston Airport System (HAS) have signed agreements that could lead to landings of the company’s unpiloted Dream Chaser cargo variant at Ellington Airport.
Support For Deep-Space CubeSats Emerging 
The cost-saving CubeSat movement could begin a deep-space migration by looking to a pair of planetary science and astronomy missions based in cislunar space and exploiting low-energy transfers from Earth along weak stability boundaries, according to two commercial advocates.
Mars One Shrugs Off Critics, Announces Delay In Settlement Schedule 
With the change, the first landing of settlers has been retargeted for 2027.
NASA’s New Horizons Faces Near-Term Decision On Post Pluto KBO Target 
NASA’s New Horizons’ mission has settled on two Kuiper Belt Objects for potential exploration following a first-ever July 14 flyby of distant Pluto.
Grants To Fund New Research On Astronaut Vision Issue
The vision impairment was outlined in the American Academy of Ophthalmology in late 2011 and experienced by two-thirds of astronauts assigned to the International Space Station.
Aging U.S. Mars And Moon Missions May Soldier On
NASA has not completely given up on extending the long-running missions of the Opportunity Mars rover and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter for another year.
NASA Envisions 2015 Europa Mission Strides 
In May NASA plans to announce its first round of instrument selections for a robotic mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.
Space Station Trio Lands Safely In Wintry Kazakhstan 
Three U.S. and Russian astronauts returned to Earth after departing the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz-TMA-14M spacecraft and descending under parachute into central Kazakhstan.
Saturn’s Moon Enceladus: Land of Hot Springs 
Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus hosts a deep ocean of moderate alkalinity that interacts with a hot rocky core, producing hydrothermal conditions similar to those that may have spawned the first living organisms on early Earth, a study shows.
U.S. Astronaut Up For Challenge Of One-Year ISS Mission 
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is prepared for the challenge of a lifetime as he nears the start of a one-year mission to the International Space Station, the longest spaceflight for an American by far.
Arid Mars Was Once Haven For Liquid Water 
As much as 20% of the ancient Martian surface may have been covered by an ocean, a mile or 1,600 meters deep and most likely in the northern hemisphere, according to a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center-led study of global moisture in the atmosphere of the red planet.
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.
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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