fire from Proton-M crash

A fire shows where the Proton-M crashed at Baikonour Cosmodrome on July 1. The combustion of 600 tons of fuel may have prevented a more serious environmental catastrophe (Credits: Roscosmos/

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Merryl Azriel

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal Manager for U.S. government contractor CSRA.