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 Claims Progress With LDSD Flight Test 
NASA engineers believe they achieved a small but potentially significant advance in efforts to develop a supersonic inflatable decelerator and parachute for landing heavy payloads on Mars, despite some problems with a June 8 test.
Russia Announces Revised 2015 Soyuz, Progress Launch Schedule 
Russia on June 9 announced refinements to its schedule for a half-dozen Soyuz crew and Progress re-supply launches to the International Space Station though the remainder of 2015.
Second Parachute Fails On Mars Decelerator Flight Test 
NASA suffered a second setback June 8 in its drive to develop entry, descent and landing (EDL) technology for an eventual human landing on Mars, with the failure of a redesigned supersonic parachute on a high-speed deceleration flight test off the coast of Hawaii.
Space Station Dodges Rocket Debris 
The six-person International Space Station carried out a nearly 5 ½ half min. maneuver on June 8 to avoid a close pass of a fragment from a U.S. Minotaur rocket launched in 2013 that was to pass within 3 mi. of the orbiting science lab late in the day.
LightSail-A Deploys, According To Spacecraft Data 
After a suspenseful 17 days in Earth orbit, the Planetary Society reported the deployment start of its crowdsourced LightSail-A, a demonstration of solar sail technology that could one day propel spacecraft between the planets.
Russia Sets June 11 ISS Landing; ESA Astronaut Sets Endurance Records 
The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft is scheduled to depart the station’s Russian segment with NASA’s Terry Virts, the current ISS commander; the European Space Agency’s Samantha Cristoforetti; and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov at 6:20 a.m. EDT.
NASA’s Mission Control Center Prepares For Deep-Space Challenges 
NASA says it is pleased with how various hardware and software changes being implemented at the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center debuted during Exploration Flight Test-1, the first unpiloted orbital test flight of the Orion crew exploration capsule in late 2014.
Russia Revises ISS Launch Plans In Response To Progress Failure Probe 
Russia’s federal space agency, Roscosmos, plans to present a more defined schedule of Soyuz crew and Progress cargo mission launches and departures in support of International Space Station operations next week, after a state commission presented its findings in the failed April 28 launch of the Progress M-27M/59 resupply capsule.
Mars One Embraces Greater Transparency In Settlement Pursuit 
Mars One is pledging new transparency in its increasingly scrutinized, three-year-old, investor and reality television-based campaign to establish a small but growing permanent human settlement on the Red Planet in the late 2020s.
Four Inducted Into U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame 
John Grunsfeld, Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger and Rhea Seddon were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May. 30.
LightSail-A Preps For Possible Early Deployment 
The Planetary Society’s LightSail-A mission planners have plotted a possible June 2 early deployment of their novel Mylar solar propulsion technology after re-establishing contact with their tumbling, software-hobbled 3U CubeSat.
NASA’s InSight To Shake, Shiver In Test Chambers Before March Launch 
NASA’s next Mars lander, InSight, has started rigorous environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space System facilities in Denver.
Planetary Society’s LightSail-A Seeks Reboot After Going Silent 
The Planetary Society’s novel LightSail-A orbital deployment demonstration mission is seeking a computer reboot with help from Mother Nature after a loss of communications was linked to a suspected software problem.
ISS Prepares For U.S. Commercial Crew Vehicle Dockings 
NASA’s Mission Control team moved ahead with external changes to the U.S. segment of the International Space Station to accommodate the anticipated dockings of Boeing- and SpaceX-launched crew transportation vehicles by 2017 with the May 27 relocation of the Permanent Multipurpose Module.
SpaceX Dragon Returns From 6th Space Station Resupply Mission 
SpaceX reported the splashdown 155 mi. southwest of Long Beach, California, at 12:42 p.m. EDT. The spacecraft was met by a company recovery vessel.
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