On July 20, 1989, the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush, stood on the steps of the National Air and Space Museum and announced his administration’s intent to return humans to the moon and eventually send crews to Mars. At about the same time Bush was announcing his Space Exploration Initiative, what was then known as the Times Journal Company was making plans for a new weekly newspaper that would cover the growing space field.
In leafing through some of the earliest editions of SpaceNews, it’s hard not to be struck by certain storylines that are still around today.
Added value. That was our ticket to success as we prepared for the launch of SpaceNews in the spring of 1988.
SpaceNews has provided continuing coverage of the ups and downs of exploration proposals over the past quarter-century and acted as the “debate club” for the space community.
Sometimes a lot of hard work, perseverance, the right people and the right product can overcome even the worst timing.
The growth of satellite telecommunications is the story of government research and development, and technology-demonstration missions, aided by the occasional military system, gradually giving rise to a commercial space business.