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Why we’re going back to the Moon—with or without NASA

Why we’re going back to the Moon—with or without NASA | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Since the Centaur impact, a number of US companies started drawing business plans to unlock the Moon’s water ice for everything from powering spacecraft with liquid hydrogen and oxygen to accessing a wealth of rare metals or building a space-based solar power network.

America’s largest rocket company, United Launch Alliance, has noticed. With an eye on its future, the company is doing critical research on storing and transferring hydrogen and oxygen propellants in space. Many European countries, as well as China and Russia, have also made clear their interest. And just last month, the US Congress signaled its approval, too, by legalizing the mining of lunar resources. More than five years after abandoning it, the space industry appears headed for the Moon
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Since the Centaur impact, a number of US companies started drawing business plans to unlock the Moon’s water ice for everything from powering spacecraft with liquid hydrogen and oxygen to accessing a wealth of rare metals or building a space-based solar power network.

America’s largest rocket company, United Launch Alliance, has noticed. With an eye on its future, the company is doing critical research on storing and transferring hydrogen and oxygen propellants in space. Many European countries, as well as China and Russia, have also made clear their interest. And just last month, the US Congress signaled its approval, too, by legalizing the mining of lunar resources. More than five years after abandoning it, the space industry appears headed for the Moon 

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NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.
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«NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars -- and approved the program's progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

"We are on a journey of scientific and human exploration that leads to Mars," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "And we’re firmly committed to building the launch vehicle and other supporting systems that will take us on that journey."

For its first flight test, SLS will be configured for a 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit. In its most powerful configuration, SLS will provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons), which will enable missions even farther into our solar system, including such destinations as an asteroid and Mars.«

 

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New life found in Nasa's spacecraft clean rooms - Telegraph

New life found in Nasa's spacecraft clean rooms - Telegraph | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
A new species of bacteria has been discovered living in the clean rooms used by Nasa to build their spacecraft
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"The berry-shaped bacteria, called Tersicoccus phoenicis, is so unusual that it has been classified not just as a new species but also a new genus.

Scientists said they have now found the bacteria in two separate clean rooms – one in Florida where Nasa’s Mars Phoenix Lander was constructed and at the European Space Agency’s facility in Kourou, French Guiana."

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A stunning image of four galaxies smashed together in one tiny corner of the universe

A stunning image of four galaxies smashed together in one tiny corner of the universe | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
When you see multiple galaxies right on top of each other, like in this image, it's usually an optical illusion, and the galaxies are actually millions of light-years apart.
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Space, Inc - corporations and space exploration

Space, Inc - corporations and space exploration | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

What happens when corporations go in search of profits in the unregulated territory that is space?

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The American government is no longer exerting its space supremacy. NASA’s annual budget has been cut by more than $1bn since 2010. The space shuttle programme has been mothballed. International Space Station resupply missions are being put out to private tender.

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NASA OKs Citizen Science Attempt to Rescue a Vintage Spacecraft | Science | WIRED

NASA OKs Citizen Science Attempt to Rescue a Vintage Spacecraft | Science | WIRED | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
A hardy little spacecraft is about to come home after an incredibly long journey and an unexpected mission that it had not been built for. As it flies by Earth next month, scientists will have a brief window to attempt to communicate with the vintage NASA craft and put it back to work on its original mission. Because of a tight budget, NASA was unable to muster the resources to make this revival happen. So, a group of citizen scientists stepped forward to take on the challenge.
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The Case for Space

The Case for Space | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
As Mars looms within reach and China ramps up its space program, the United States is turning its back on the stars through stinginess and partisan bickering. But the country can't afford to abandon space.
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