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.

Comet Lovejoy Grows Visible To The Unaided Eye 
Now visible to the unaided eye shortly after sunset, Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, will pass closest to the Earth on Jan. 7.
National Engineering Forum Works To Hike Awareness, Attract Talent 
The National Engineering Forum (NEF) reports a wide-ranging response to the early efforts of a multiyear campaign to increase engineering awareness in the U.S., as well as the organization’s goal of developing a more-diverse, better-qualified talent pool to fill the need for future professionals.
Mars Continues To Yield Its Secrets 
Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover and analysis of the ALH84001 meteorite provide new information about methane and ice on Mars.
3-D Printer Aboard Space Station Produces Wrench 
The 104-layer plastic ratchet, which is considered a nonfunctioning test article, measures 4.5 in. long by 1.33 in. wide.
New Studies Address Martian Water Mystery 
Mars may have hosted a collection of small seas 3.9 billion years ago, according to an isotopic assessment of carbon and oxygen locked inside the oldest known Martian meteorite to have fallen to Earth.
NASA Balloon-Launched Astronomy Missions Underway Over Antarctica 
Two more missions are scheduled to depart the agency’s long-duration balloon facility outside McMurdo Station, Antarctica, this month.
U.S. Astronaut Up For Challenge Of Year On ISS 
The challenge of a one-year stay aboard the International Space Station eventually became appealing to NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.
NASA’s JPL Reports Laser Communications Milestones 
NASA’s experiment with space laser communications from the International Space Station, initiated in mid-2014, so far shows promise as a technology that could replace the traditional use of radio waves for accelerated high data transmissions from deep space probes as well as Earth orbiting satellites.
Curiosity Confirms Martian Methane, Elusive Soil-Based Organics 
The lingering mystery over Martian methane and the possibility of a microbial origin persists, though with a new urgency based on ground-level measurements from NASA’s Curiosity rover.
Morpheus Closes Successful Planetary Lander Flight Test Campaign 

HOUSTON – NASA is closing out the flight phase of project Morpheus following a final encore ascent and descent of the four-legged, methane-fueled prototype planetary lander onto a simulated lunar scape at Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 15.

Morpheus Closes Successful Planetary Lander Flight Test Campaign 
NASA will close out the test flight phase of project Morpheus, a 4 1/2-year, $14.5 million effort to develop precision automated terminal landing technologies for future human and robotic planetary missions, following a final encore ascent and descent of the four-legged, methane-fueled prototype lander.
NASA Considered Best Employer Among Federal Workers 
For the third year in a row, NASA is perched atop the rankings as the best place to work in the U.S. federal government, according to a 2014 survey.
Orion Flight Test Generated 200 GB Of Engineering Data  6
Data from the Orion flight test—recorded at much higher rates than the normal 1-Hz used operationally so engineers can pinpoint the changes in loads and other factors during the flight—will be used to validate models and improve designs.
NASA’s Robonaut Gets Operating Room Checkout 
A mechanical sibling of NASA’s Robonaut-2, the unofficial seventh member of the International Space Station’s crew, demonstrated new terrestrial skills at Texas Medical Center this week.
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 1

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 13

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015

RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More
Jan 20, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 1

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More

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