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March 26, 2008 – Foundation Director Jeff Krukin writes in an OpEd for Space News, Mars and Constellation: Irrelevant to a True Space Economy, that "Apollo redux + Mars" will not generate the consistent public, presidential and congressional support required for a successful Constellation Program.
January 29, 2008 – The Foundation sends a letter to the government of Hawaii: Spaceport Hawaii Appropriation Bill (pdf): Dear Members of the Legislature: As Chairman of the Board of the Space Frontier Foundation I am thrilled with the Hawaii State Legislature’s vision in introducing bills to fund the effort to obtain a Spaceport Operators License from FAA/AST.
January 20, 2008 – Space News prints an Op Ed by Foundation co-founders Jim Muncy and Bob Werb: ProvocateursPraisePathfinding Parabolic Procurement – Almost three years ago, Mike Griffin marched into NASA ready to take on the solar system. Like many, we in the Space Frontier Foundation welcomed his arrival as NASA administrator as a breath of fresh air, knowing he was committed to real change, and hoping that much of the change would be for the better.
Los Angeles, CA, October 1, 2007 – Public Comment on the Draft Constellation Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) – Foundation letter to NASA – Dear Environmental Manager: We believe there is a potentially grave oversight in the Draft Constellation PEIS with respect to lunar surface systems and future human presence on the Moon. It is critical to not only examine the impact of the Constellation program on the Earth but also how those missions might impact the long-term human settlement of the Moon.
August 16, 2007 – In the August 16th issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Space Frontier Foundation Chairman Bob Werb writes in his Op Ed, Teachers in space get good grades, that "within a decade, we will have the means at our disposal to fly large numbers of teachers into space who can immediately return to their classrooms, educate, inspire and lead."
December 30, 2006 – The Houston Chronicle prints an Editorial by Foundation co-founder Bob Werb: A New Year's Resolution for a Spacefaring Civilization. Werb writes: "Maybe it was just the optimism of youth that made me expect cities in space by 2007. Instead, I find us making plans to repeat Apollo, only this time it will take much longer, cost lots more and be dramatically less certain. Maybe it's just the cynicism of middle age that makes me feel we could do so much better."
September 18, 2006 – Keep ISS Alive by Foundation Founder Rick Tumlinson. In this Op Ed, which appeared in the September 18th issue of Space News, Tumlinson makes an analogy between childhood experiences and our planet's space programs. Although initially opposed to the 'expensive toy' that the ISS is, he now argues we must keep it and nurture it as we grow into a spacefaring civilization.
January 30, 2006 – Methane Rocket Fuel: A Lot of Hot Gas and Nowhere to Blow by Foundation Founder Rick Tumlinson. In this Op Ed, which appears on AdAstra, the National Space Society's on-line magazine on Space.com, Tumlinson points out how NASA is actually turning its back on the future as they consider dropping methane-type propellants from its requirements for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) program in favor of harder to handle, yet more dangerous hypergolic propellants like those used in the shuttle and other old-school systems.
January 23, 2006 – The Sword, the Ploughshare and the Pocketbook by Foundation Founder Rick Tumlinson. In this Op Ed, which appeared in the January 23 issue of Space News, Tumlinson argues that, unlike air travel, where the overlapping needs of civilian (commercial) and military uses of the skies have continued to support each other from the very beginning, human spaceflight has been in the hands of a third player – NASA – since its inception.
January 9, 2006 – Will It Be a Highway to Hell… or to the Stars? by Foundation Executive Director Jeff Krukin. In this Op Ed, which appeared on page 19 of the January 9 issue of Space News, Jeff Krukin points out flaws in NASA Administrator Mike Griffin's suggestion of a 'highway' as the perfect analogy for his agency's implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration.
December 5, 2005 – What If... ? by Foundation Co-Founder Bob Werb. In this Op Ed, which appeared on page 19 of the December 5 issue of Space News, Bob Werb asks, "What if a new president stated that the goal of opening the space frontier to human settlement was of highest priority?"
November 21, 2005 – Do We Go to Play? Or Do We Go to Stay? by Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. In this Op Ed for Space News, Tumlinson explains that even though the excitement and momentum that might have existed when the president aimed us toward the Moon, Mars and beyond has been squandered, there are still some things that can get it back on track.
September 26, 2005 – Here We Go Again by Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. This Op Ed for Space News points out that, faced with a presidential challenge to take Americans back to the Moon and on to Mars on a budget, our space agency has predictably chosen to answer what is really an economic or business management question with an engineering solution.
June 20, 2005 – A Giant Leap Forward – or a Giant Step Backward? by Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. This Op Ed for Space News asses Mike Griffin's first few weeks as NASA's Director. It appeared in the June 20 issue of Space News.
May 9, 2005 – Rick's Handy Dandy Guide to Space by Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. In this Op Ed for Space News, Tumlinson writes: Although a bit more sophisticated in the ways of space than the anti-hero of “A Hitchhiker's Guide…,” the galaxy into which our mild mannered new NASA Administrator Mike Griffin has been thrown is every bit as bizarre, insane and confusing.
April 25, 2005 – Branding Space by Foundation Advocate William M. Boland. This Op Ed for Space News argues that the brand for our age of space is ‘Space Pioneering’; speaking to our unique, historical challenge. It appeared in the April 25 issue of Space News on page 19.
February 21, 2005 – Making Space Commercially Relevant by Foundation Executive Director Jeff Krukin. This Op Ed for Space News concerns the new role of commercial space in overall space activity. It appeared in the February 21 issue of Space News on page 19.
February 14, 2005 – Private Industry Can Help NASA Open the Space Frontier by Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. This Op Ed regarding a private space industry ran in the February 14, 2005 issue of Space News. This is part 2 of a commentary on private space; part 1 is: A Historic Year…If.
January 31, 2005 – A Historic Year...If by Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. This Op Ed regarding a private space industry ran in the January 31, 2005 issue of Space News. "A Historic Year...If" is part 1 of a 2 part commentary (see above for part 2).
January 7, 2004 – Return to the Moon For the Right Reasons, in the Right Way by Jeff Krukin. Any discussion of a permanent return to the Moon must be centered on two over riding questions: "Why?" and "How?" If we go for the wrong reasons we will fail. If we go for the right reasons and do it the wrong way, we will fail. And if we don't go at all, then we will have failed in a way that will send ripples down through the ages.
May 12, 2003 – NASA and Capitalism by Foundation Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. This Op Ed regarding NASA's Alternate Access to Station Program (AAS) ran in the May 12, 2003 edition Space Daily.
February 3, 2003 – Beyond the Sunset by Foundation Advocate John Carter McKnight. An Op Ed for Spacedaily.com's Opinion Space. “Our presence in space is not about engineering or science, but about our spirit. It is only in grief that the real meaning of Columbia's loss can be found.”
November 11, 2002 – There is No Debate Between the Moon and Mars by John Cserep and Rick Tumlinson. The Foundation strongly believes that the debate about whether to send astronauts to Mars or the Moon first has led to a misleading and self-destructive 'zero-sum' attitude that is hurting the cause of all space proponents. Here is the opinion editorial article submitted by Foundation MAP Chair John Cserep and Founder Rick Tumlinson to Space News. Space News, November 11, 2002 (pp. 11-12).

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