Ad Astra is a quarterly-published journal of the National Space Society (NSS). The name “ad astra” means “to the stars.” The journal was established following the merger of the L5 Society and the National Space Institute, which formed the NSS in 1987. The NSS is a non-profit aerospace advocacy and educational institution based in Washington DC.
On November 28, 2007, the NSS announced MM Publishing Inc. as the newest publisher of Ad Astra. MM Publishing officially took on the role of publisher for the February 2008 issue of the journal. Besides Ad Astra, MM also publishes LAUNCH Magazine. Ad Astra has also been published by Space.com publisher Imaginova Corp. — from 2005 to 2008.
Ad Astra has been widely praised for its in-depth, expert coverage of space exploration and development, as well as outstanding photography. It has an international readership that includes some of the most influential names in the space industry, the US government and the American public.
“Ad Astra is many things: It is balanced, presenting all aspects of an issue in a fair and non-judgmental way. It is attractive and visually appealing, using glossy stock paper, full color photos, and an uncluttered format. It is educational, presenting facts and details in a concise and comprehensive journalistic style. It is timely and informative, keeping its readers up to date on current events and their impact on the future of space exploration. It is future-oriented, reporting on new advances in a variety of research and projects—both domestic and international. The editorial staff of Ad Astra pledges to bring NSS members a magazine that will serve as the gateway to the stars,” according to a review by the Skeptic Files.
Ad Astra has won numerous awards including the Award of Excellence (in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003); Best of Category (in 2002 and 2003); Best Web Printed Piece (in 2003); and the Silver Inkwell Award of Excellence (in 2002).
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