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 Extends Nine Planetary Science Missions 
Mars and the outer Solar System figure prominently in NASA’s decision to extend nine planetary missions for another two years.
Cosmonauts Test Upgraded ISS Manual Docking System 
Cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station successfully re-docked an unmanned Progress cargo capsule early July 1, successfully demonstrating an ungraded Russian manual docking system.
Mechanical Rovers to Play Role in Human Mars Exploration 
Surface rovers are expected to play a crucial role in NASA’s evolving plans to explore Mars with humans.
Curiosity Finds Ancient Mars Had Higher Oxygen Levels 
Higher-than-anticipated concentrations of manganese oxides in rock veins studied by NASA’s Curiosity rover in the more than 3.5-billion-year-old Gale Crater on Mars point to an ancient Red Planet environment with higher concentrations of atmospheric oxygen.
Curiosity Finds Mineral That Hints At Early Volcanism On Mars 
NASA’s Curiosity rover detected the unexpected mineral while sampling during its methodical climb of Mount Sharp.
NOAA’s New Solar Sentry Satellite To Go Operational 
Dscovr, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s inaugural space weather satellite, is prepared to become an operational solar sentry on July 27.
ISS Commercial Crew Docking Preparations Concern NASA IG 
The June 2015 launch failure of SpaceX’s seventh NASA-contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station has jeopardized agency ISS program plans to equip the six-person orbiting research laboratory with two docking adaptors for future U.S. commercial crew capsules prior to the first test flight now planned for May 2017, NASA's IG says.
Curiosity’s Mars Find Suggests Early Explosive Volcanism 
NASA’s Curiosity rover, nearing the fourth anniversary of its drama-filled landing on Mars, has detected an unexpected mineral in the rock it is sampling as it methodically climbs Mount Sharp.
NASA Extends Hubble Space Telescope Support Agreement 
NASA has awarded the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) a five-year, $196.3 million contract extension for operations of the 26-year-old Hubble Space Telescope (HST) through the Space Telescope Science Institute of Baltimore.
Large Close-in Planets May Shape Young Solar Systems 
Discoveries of two very large planets close to their distant young stars are informing still-maturing theories about how and when planetary bodies in solar systems like ours arrange themselves.
Crew Returns From 186-Day Space Station Mission 
Three U.S., U.K. and Russian astronauts departed the International Space Station (ISS) and descended to Earth aboard their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft early June 18, safely ending a 186-day mission to the orbiting science lab.
Astronauts Deserve Lifetime Health Care, House Panel Told 
NASA is ethically obligated to provide its astronauts with lifetime health care, current and former U.S. spaceflight record holders and medical experts told the House Science space subcommittee June 15.
Microgravity Fire Experiment Generates 1000s Of Images 
NASA’s Spacecraft Fire Experiment, Saffire-1, appears to have burned for several minutes June 14, long enough to generate thousands of images for researchers.
Cygnus Cargo Vessel Departs Space Station 
Orbital ATK’s latest Cygnus cargo capsule departed the six-person orbiting science lab early June 14 primed for a much-anticipated fiery encore.
IG Finds Lapses in NASA’s Oversight of Research Accords 
NASA’s inspector general has found lingering lapses in the agency’s oversight of long-running ties to dozens of institutes paid to provide expertise on topics ranging from Earth and planetary science to advances in composite materials, astronaut health and solar activity.

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