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 Osiris-Rex Asteroid Sample-Return Clears CDR 


NASA’s first robotic attempt to gather samples of an asteroid completed its critical design review (CDR) last week, clearing the $1.07 billion Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (Osiris-Rex) mission team to begin assembly of the spacecraft for an October 2016 launch.

Sierra Nevada Eyes Houston Station Crew Landing Option 


HOUSTON — U.S. astronauts could be returning to Earth very close to home after lengthy stays aboard the International Space Station — if Sierra Nevada Corp. becomes a NASA commercial crew services contract provider and the city of Houston earns an FAA spaceport designation for Ellington Airport, which lies within 10 mi. of their NASA Johnson Space Center training base.

Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Prepared For Vibration Testing 


NASA’s Lockheed Martin-built EFT-1 Orion test capsule is scheduled to begin vibration testing at Kennedy Space Center this week, followed by heat shield installation in May after successful verifications of power and command path routing throughout the spacecraft’s avionics.

Russian Space Freighter Makes Fast-Track ISS Journey 


Russia’s Progress 55 resupply craft reached the International Space Station (ISS) late April 9, delivering nearly 3 tons of propellant, crew supplies and research gear, following an expedited, four-orbit, 6-hr. launch-to-docking transit.

The unpiloted space freighter linked to the ISS Russian segment Pirs docking compartment at 5:14 p.m. EDT, without suffering the issues that disrupted a similar “fast-track” launch of the Soyuz TMA-12M with three new Russian and American space station crew members on March 25.

Space Station Cosmonauts Support Progress Cargo Operations 
Russia’s Progress 54 cargo ship departed the International Space Station’s (ISS) Pirs docking module on April 7, freeing a parking space for the midweek arrival of a replacement freighter carrying nearly 3 tons of propellant, crew supplies, research gear, water and compressed air. Progress 55 is scheduled to rendezvous with the ISS on April 9 to carry out an automated docking at 5:20 p.m. EDT, or about 6 hr. after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
National Academy Urges Caution On Deep-Space Health Risks 


An ethical framework proposed by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) could guide the nation’s policymakers, as well as NASA, in their deliberations over future manned deep space exploration missions and the additional health risks they are likely to pose for astronauts setting out for destinations beyond low Earth orbit.

New U.S., Russian Space Station Crew Facing Challenges 
Three Russian and U.S. crewmembers reached the International Space Station for a belated docking late March 27 after a two-day delay. (ISS photo: NASA)
Russia Working Toward Second Space Station Docking Attempt 
HOUSTON - Russian flight controllers are working toward making a second attempt late March 27 to dock the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft carrying a three-man U.S. and Russian crew at the International Space Station, after calling off a same-day launch-to-docking transit on March 25 in response to a failed third post-launch rendezvous maneuver. (Photo: NASA)
New U.S./Japanese Global Precipitation Mission Satellite Checks Out 
GPM data is expected to enhance the forecasting of hurricanes, flooding, landslides and droughts. (Photo: JAXA)
Panel Finds Merit, Risk in Wfirst Telescope Upgrade 
The NRC was especially concerned with the proposed additional introduction of a coronagraph to Wfirst, a disk that blocks central star light to facilitate observations of extra-solar planets. The coronagraph is considered a challenging technology in need of paced development. (Image: NASA)
Experts Urge More Clarity From NASA On Asteroid Mission 
HOUSTON - Questions remain over the mission’s relevance to a larger asteroid deflection strategy, as well as the White House goal of dispatching U.S. astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 as a stepping stone to a future Mars missions.
NASA Considers SLS As Europa Clipper Launch Option 
HOUSTON - Use of the upgradable Space Launch System, which NASA plans to couple with the Orion crew capsule to dispatch U.S. explorers to destinations ranging from lunar orbit to Mars, would greatly reduce transit times and eliminate complex gravity assists from planets in the inner solar system, NASA argues. (Europa Clipper image: NASA/JPL)
ISS Maneuvers To Avoid Russian Satellite Debris 
HOUSTON - The maneuver was performed to avoid a debris fragment from Meteor 2-5, a weather satellite launched by the former Soviet Union in October 1979. (Photo: NASA)
NASA To Prep Morpheus For Hazardous Avoidance Testing 
After its most ambitious Florida test flight to date, NASA’s Morpheus prototype planetary lander will undergo a significant guidance system upgrade at Kennedy Space Center for the installation of Autonomous Landing Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) sensors, to evaluate the unpiloted vehicle’s ability to steer around boulders or steep crater slopes while in flight to achieve a safe touchdown.
Startup Reaches NASA Licensing Accord For Alternative To Animal Testing 
GRoK Technologies LCC, a Houston startup, plans to develop alternatives to the animal-based testing of new human medications, cosmetics and environmental toxins, as well as noninvasive medical therapies, through licensing agreements reached with NASA’s Technology Transfer Program.
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