Launch of Russia’s Rassvet research and docking mini-module on the space shuttle Atlantis (see p. 19) has NASA Administrator Charles Bolden thinking about other cooperative ventures with the Russian space agency. Under the Fiscal 2011 budget request, Bolden hopes to reverse his agency’s thrust from a destination-driven technology effort to one that aims to develop technologies that will enable reaching distant destinations, with Mars the ultimate goal. That will include in-space propulsion ...


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