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Space Exploration for the Masses: Virgin Galactic Hope to Be Ready to Bring ... - TravelersToday

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Tracking Dust Across the Atlantic : Image of the Day

Tracking Dust Across the Atlantic : Image of the Day | Exploration | Scoop.it
Dust storms in mid-summer 2013 spanned the Atlantic Ocean, depositing particles in the Americas and perhaps suppressing hurricanes. (Hundreds of millions of tons of dust from African deserts travel across the Atlantic every year.
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CloudBeat 2013: NASA grows its collective brain | VentureBeat

Jason Crusan, NASA's chief technology officer for space exploration, is joining us at CloudBeat 2013 — Sept. 9-Sept. 10 in San Francisco — to share the story of how NASA actually taps the wisdom and enthusiasm of the ...
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Virgin Galactic CEO Counts 625 Customers For Suborbital Trips - Aviation Week

Virgin Galactic CEO Counts 625 Customers For Suborbital Trips - Aviation Week | Exploration | Scoop.it
Aviation Week Virgin Galactic CEO Counts 625 Customers For Suborbital Trips Aviation Week Virgin Galactic has signed up 625 individuals for its planned suborbital spaceflights, lining up revenue of at least $125 million, in what CEO George...
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NASA discovers that the Moon is much wetter than we thought | GizMag.com

NASA discovers that the Moon is much wetter than we thought | GizMag.com | Exploration | Scoop.it

Data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) aboard the Indian Chandrayaan-1 probe has shown that there is water locked in mineral grains on the surface on our satellite's surface. Scientists had previously thought that the small amounts of moisture they could detect were all being generated by solar wind and other external factors, but the latest findings are strong evidence that the Moon contains large quantities of its own "magmatic water" from deep within its core.

 

While the Moon is traditionally thought as a bone-dry place, the evidence for water on its surface has been piling up for decades, although it has been dismissed multiple times.

 

Four decades ago, the rock samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo astronauts were shown to contain surface water. However, it was assumed that the samples had been contaminated by human handling, and the results were dismissed.

 

In 2009 NASA's M3 module in the Indian Chandrayaan-1 probe found water near the poles as it mapped the Moon's surface, but this moisture was assumed to be caused by solar winds. Charged particles from the Sun can create thin layers of water molecules on impact, and scientists believed that the small quantity of water that was found could be justified in that way.

 

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NASA looks to future exploration, funds 6 next-gen space tech ideas - NBCNews.com

NASA looks to future exploration, funds 6 next-gen space tech ideas - NBCNews.com | Exploration | Scoop.it
NASA looks to future exploration, funds 6 next-gen space tech ideas
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The six ambitious ideas, which were selected under Phase 2 of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, cover a wide range of potential future applications.
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New Mexico faces competition in new space race

New Mexico faces competition in new space race | Exploration | Scoop.it

Edwin Sahakian dreamed of flying in space since he watched Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon almost 45 years ago. Sahakian, 50, a trucking company owner from Glendale, Calif., is one of more than 600 people who have collectively paid about $75 million to embark on a trip in space with Virgin Galactic.

 

Leaving the planet is worth the risk, he said. Without incentives like limiting the ability of customers and family members to sue, he said the opportunity would never be open to him.

 

“I’m not under the impression that it’s as safe as flying on an airliner or anything remotely like that,” he said. “But I do feel like it’s the safest way to go to space right now.”

 

 


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Wringing out Water on the ISS - for Science!

CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed a simple science experiment designed by grade 10 Lockview High School students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner. The...
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SpaceShipTwo Glides Toward December Debut - NASASpaceflight.com

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SpaceShipTwo Glides Toward December Debut NASASpaceflight.com Prior to his work with Virgin Galactic, Isakowitz served as NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and as the Chief Financial Officer for...
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Virgin Galactic LauncherOne Furthering the Space Frontier - July 2012

LauncherOne - Furthering the Space Frontier. Virgin Galactic is proud to announce LauncherOne, a revolutionary new launch vehicle dedicated to enabling drama...
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NASA prepares to launch 600Mbps space laser system to replace conventional ... - ExtremeTech

NASA prepares to launch 600Mbps space laser system to replace conventional ... - ExtremeTech | Exploration | Scoop.it
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NASA's new hurricane hunters are the drones that tracked Bin ...

NASA's new hurricane hunters are the drones that tracked Bin ... | Exploration | Scoop.it
Yesterday morning at 8:41AM EST, a NASA airplane took off into the gray sky over Wallops Island, Virginia, heading straight for a massive dust cloud off the coast of Africa. While flying directly...
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Richard Branson gives update on Virgin Galactic space plan - Manchester Evening News

Richard Branson gives update on Virgin Galactic space plan - Manchester Evening News | Exploration | Scoop.it
Manchester Evening News Richard Branson gives update on Virgin Galactic space plan Manchester Evening News The world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic will see tourists going up into space via first a carrier aircraft - WhiteKnightTwo -...
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NASA revives asteroid-hunting spacecraft to identify threats, future ...

NASA revives asteroid-hunting spacecraft to identify threats, future ... | Exploration | Scoop.it
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reviving a spacecraft that mapped more than half a billion celestial objects from 2010 to 2011, producing tens of thousands of stunning...
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Ex-Scaled Composites Boss Doug Shane Moves Over to The Spaceship Company | Parabolic Arc

Ex-Scaled Composites Boss Doug Shane Moves Over to The Spaceship Company | Parabolic Arc | Exploration | Scoop.it

MOJAVE, Calif. (VG PR) – Virgin Galactic today announced the appointment of Doug Shane as Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Spaceship Company (TSC). Shane joins the company after a 31 year career at Scaled Composites LLC (Scaled), where he served as that company’s President for five years. He will report directly to George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and TSC.

 

As the company progresses through its successful test flight program and approaches the start of commercial service with SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic has tapped Shane to oversee its manufacturing company, TSC, which has already begun the construction of the second set of SpaceShipTwo spaceships and WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft. TSC began as a joint venture between Virgin and Scaled, until 2012, when Virgin Galactic acquired full ownership of the venture.

 

 


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FAA Reviewing Virgin Galactic’s License Application | Parabolic Arc

FAA Reviewing Virgin Galactic’s License Application | Parabolic Arc | Exploration | Scoop.it

The FAA has accepted Virgin Galactic’s application for a commercial flight license and is now reviewing it as the company gears up for the second powered flight of SpaceShipTwo.

 

The acceptance of the application is only the first step in the licensing process for the company, said CEO George Whitesides on Monday.

 

“That does not mean we are licensed. We entered the formal start of the licensing process. Then, obviously, our hope is that it will be accepted and we can begin operations,” Whitesides said.

 

 


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Virgin Galactic holding job fair in Mojave - Albuquerque Business First

Virgin Galactic holding job fair in Mojave - Albuquerque Business First | Exploration | Scoop.it
Virgin Galactic holding job fair in Mojave Albuquerque Business First From IT to production and engineering folks, as well as trainers and customer service reps for the spaceline, the company has posted more than 100 new positions for both Virgin...
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Stratolaunch and OSC

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Stratolaunch announced yesterday that following a 9 month courtship, it is entering into a development arrangement with Orbital Sciences Corporation to secure the booster for the behemoth, twin boomed aircraft currently being built by Scaled Composites at Mojave.

 

NBC News Science Editor Alan Boyle shed a little more light on the arrangement yesterday on his Cosmic Log site, based on an interview which Stratolaunch CEO Gary Wentz. According to Boyle, the OSC supplied launch vehicle will be a three stage rocket consisting of solid fueled first and second stages, topped (sort of, horizontally speaking) by a liquid fueled third stage,  which would likely be required in any event to achieve precise orbital insertion. Intended payload capability is 13,500 lbs. into low Earth orbit with first launch date target of 2018.

 

 


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NASA-backed SpiderFab robot aims to build 3D-printed spaceship parts in orbit - The Verge

NASA-backed SpiderFab robot aims to build 3D-printed spaceship parts in orbit - The Verge | Exploration | Scoop.it
NASA-backed SpiderFab robot aims to build 3D-printed spaceship parts in orbit The Verge NASA has always built its spacecraft on Earth, but aerospace startup Tethers Unlimited is hoping to change that process by developing a system that combines 3D...
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