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3D printer creates objects from NASA moon material

3D printer creates objects from NASA moon material | New Space | Scoop.it
Researchers at Washington State University have successfully 3D printed basic shapes with simulated moon rock, offering the first glimpse of a future in which off world explorers or colonists may be able to fabricate parts and components composed...
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down, Ending Longest Cargo Run

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down, Ending Longest Cargo Run | New Space | Scoop.it
A robotic SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, ending a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
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Successful completion of another SpaceX Dragon mission to the international space station.

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‘Ocean Worlds Exploration Program': New Budget Proposal Calls for Missions to Europa, Enceladus, and Titan

‘Ocean Worlds Exploration Program': New Budget Proposal Calls for Missions to Europa, Enceladus, and Titan | New Space | Scoop.it
Artist's conception of Europa's interior, with water rising through cracks in the surface, depositing salts similar to sea salt on Earth. The ocean below may be a habitable environment for...
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The House Appropriations Committee has called upon NASA to mount exploration missions to the worlds in the outer solar system that have subsurface oceans or surface lakes.

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Blastoff! X-37B Space Plane and LightSail Solar Sail Go Into Orbit

Blastoff! X-37B Space Plane and LightSail Solar Sail Go Into Orbit | New Space | Scoop.it
A hush-hush military space plane and a widely publicized solar-sail experiment shared a ride into space on Wednesday aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.
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Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft reaches orbit on an Atlas V launcher.

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Venus-exploring inflatable aircraft may soon be developed - RedOrbit

Venus-exploring inflatable aircraft may soon be developed - RedOrbit | New Space | Scoop.it
Engineers at Northrop Grumman have been exploring the possibility of creating an inflatable aircraft that could travel to Venus for more than two years, and now it appears the company could soon begin work on an actual prototype of the vehicle.
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Northrup Grumman of flying wing fame, plans to propose a robotic craft that could stay aloft in Venus' s atmosphere for up to twelve months, making scientific observations.

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Inflatables filled with water and a steam engine makes perfect sense for non gravity craft  Water filled bladders become ice to protect the craft.  fuel and drinking water 

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Lockheed-Boeing venture lays off 12 executives in major reorganization

Lockheed-Boeing venture lays off 12 executives in major reorganization | New Space | Scoop.it
United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co , on Friday said it was cutting its executive ranks by 30 percent in December through what it called voluntary departures by 12 executives.
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ULA starts the process of addressing a competitive landscape by slashing a top-heavy management structure.

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Moon Express Announces Multi-Mission Payload Agreement

Moon Express Announces Multi-Mission Payload Agreement | New Space | Scoop.it
“MoonLIGHT” Lunar Laser Ranging Array Will Bring New Insights into General Relativity
Frascati, Italy, May 15th, 2015 (Moon Express PR) – Moon Express, Inc.
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Moon Express will take payloads to the moon on multiple missions.

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Sparks Fly in House Science Committee Over Asteroid Property Rights Bill

Sparks Fly in House Science Committee Over Asteroid Property Rights Bill | New Space | Scoop.it
Welcome WRANGLER, a NIAC-funded idea to capture and de-spin asteroids and space debris.
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House Science Committee approves of bill that would allow space miners to keep profits from asteroid mining that they conduct at their own risk. Surely this makes sense.

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House Takes Up Commercial Space, Launch Bills - ExecutiveGov

House Takes Up Commercial Space, Launch Bills - ExecutiveGov | New Space | Scoop.it
ExecutiveGov House Takes Up Commercial Space, Launch Bills ExecutiveGov Two other bills that would require the commerce secretary to submit annual reports on commercial remote sensing license applications and rename the Commerce Department's Office...
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House takes up four bills about commercial space, at least two of which could have far-reaching impacts.

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America’s Impenetrable Congress Does It Again

America’s Impenetrable Congress Does It Again | New Space | Scoop.it
There’s a great scene in “2010: The Year We Make Contact,” in which Dmitri Moiseyevich (Dana Elcar) asks Heywood Floyd (Roy Scheider) what scientists had learned about the monolith brought back from the moon.
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Subcommittee of House Appropriations Committee slashes NASA budget request for commercial crew, jeopardizing America's ability to launch astronauts to the space station..

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Potentially Revolutionary Mission Heading for 2016 Launch

Potentially Revolutionary Mission Heading for 2016 Launch | New Space | Scoop.it
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 15, 2015 A NASA mission that embodies the virtues of faster, less expensive access to space has sailed past all major development milestones and is scheduled to be delivered to Cape Canaveral on time for its October 2016...
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Neutron star explorer to launch on Falcon 9/Dragon Cargo vehicle next year.

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Zubrin’s Pioneer Astronautics Selected for 2 SBIR Phase I Contracts

Zubrin’s Pioneer Astronautics Selected for 2 SBIR Phase I Contracts | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has selected Bob Zubrin’s Pioneer Astronautics for two small business awards to fund the development of a system to extract water and other volatiles from asteroids and a new rocket engine for spacecraft.
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Bob Zubrin's small business company wins two NASA Phase I SBIR contracts, one for extracting water from asteroids and the other for developing a safe and easy to manage fuel for spacecraft.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation Funds Space Solar Power Research

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Northrup Grumman and Caltech combine to study space solar power

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Postponement of Flight Plans

Postponement of Flight Plans | New Space | Scoop.it
News about Sarah Brightman
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Sarah Brightman is postponing her plans to fly to the space station, citing personal reasons.

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Congress Seeks Significant Shift in NASA Budget Priorities

Congress Seeks Significant Shift in NASA Budget Priorities | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden media briefing at Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral, Florida prior to successful Orion EFT-1 launch on Dec. 5, 2014. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com[/...
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Republican-controlled House seeks to take proposed commercial crew funding and give it to SLS.

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Enter the 'Warm Titan'

Enter the 'Warm Titan' | New Space | Scoop.it
Our definition of the habitable zone is water-based, focusing on planetary surfaces warm enough that liquid water can exist there. New work by Steven Benner (Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolut...
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We may have to broaden our concept of a habitable zone.

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Komarov to Head Proton Failure Investigation, Second Try For ISS Reboost Tonight EDT

Get up to date on how Russia is responding to the failure of a Proton-M rocket on May 16, 2015 that doomed Mexico's MexSat-1 satellite, and to the failure of Progress M-26M to reboost the International Space Station's orbit that same day.
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The failure of a Russian Soyuz/Proton to launch a Mexican communication satellite on Friday was not the only failure that day. The Proton attached to the International Space Station also failed to fire in an orbit raising maneuver. The head of Roscosmos has taken personal charge of the investigation into both incidents.

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May 15, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX gets certified to launch NASA science missions - Spaceflight Now

May 15, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX gets certified to launch NASA science missions - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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May 15, 2015 in Falcon 9: SpaceX gets certified to launch NASA science missions
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The Falcon 9 is now certified by NASA as a “Category 2″ launch vehicle in the agency's nomenclature.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 v 1.1 has been certified for NASA science missions. Such certification is not required for space station resupply flights, of which SpaceX has flown six to date.

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Russia grounds Proton-M rockets following an accident

Russia grounds Proton-M rockets following an accident | New Space | Scoop.it
Russia grounds Proton-M rockets following an accident - Russia's space program just can't catch a break, it seems. A spokesperson tells RIA that the...
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The vaunted reliability record of Russian launch vehicles has come crashing to the ground. Both Protons and Soyuz have failed this month. Isn't it time to accelerate the schedule of the USA's commercial crew program?

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With failures piling up, Roscosmos looking to retry Phobos-Grunt mission - SpaceFlight Insider

With failures piling up, Roscosmos looking to retry Phobos-Grunt mission - SpaceFlight Insider | New Space | Scoop.it
With the announcement of Roscosmos' plans to launch a second mission to the Martian moon Phobos, the question of can the agency accomplish it must be asked.
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The Russian space agency has been tasked with landing a spacecraft on Phobos and returning a sample of the larger moon of Mars to Earth.

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House Science Committee Gives Industry What It Wants

House Science Committee Gives Industry What It Wants | New Space | Scoop.it
The commercial space industry had a great day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, with the Republican-controlled House Science Committee giving it most of what it wanted while swatting away proposed changes from the minority Democrats.
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Space related proposals pass committee on party line vote.

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Russian Space Cargo Ship Crash Blamed on Soyuz Rocket - Space.com

Russian Space Cargo Ship Crash Blamed on Soyuz Rocket - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A preliminary investigation has revealed that the Progress 59 freighter's issues stemmed from a too-early separation of the Soyuz's third stage, officials with Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, announced Tuesday (May 12).
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Recent launch failure blamed on the same Soyuz spacecraft that launches cosmonauts to the space station. I'd have second thoughts about taking that ride right now. It appears that Sarah Brightman may feel the same way about it. Shouldn't we be ACCELERATING the commercial crew program rather than reducing its funding?

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Ether Compounds Could Work like DNA On Oily Worlds

Ether Compounds Could Work like DNA On Oily Worlds | New Space | Scoop.it
Moffett Field CA (SPX) May 15, 2015
In the search for life beyond Earth, scientists have justifiably focused on water because all biology as we know it requires this fluid.
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Hydrocarbon lakes on exoplanets in the habitable zone of their stars could support life based on ether rather than water. 

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Mystery Methane on Mars: The Saga Continues

Mystery Methane on Mars: The Saga Continues | New Space | Scoop.it
Moffett Field CA (SPX) May 15, 2015
A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA's rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp.
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Curiosity detected methane for a period of 60 days and then it disappeared. Scientists are trying to figure out where it came from.

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Israel Confident Arianespace Can Compete With SpaceX

Israel Confident Arianespace Can Compete With SpaceX | New Space | Scoop.it
Stephane Israel (Credit: Arianespace) Arianespace seems confident it can weather la tempête de SpaceX: The head of Europe’s Arianespace launch consortium on May 12 said the company can beat competitor SpaceX in the open market with a euro/dollar...
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Arianespace CEO claims he will be able to compete successfully with SpaceX real soon now. Maybe so. Where's the evidence?

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Sea Salt in Europa's Dark Materials?

Sea Salt in Europa's Dark Materials? | New Space | Scoop.it
‘Europa in a can’ may be the clue to what’s happening on Jupiter’s most intriguing moon. Created by JPL’s Kevin Hand and Robert Carlson, ‘Europa in a can’ is the nickname for a laboratory setup tha...
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The brown areas on Europa may be sea salt discolored by space radiation. If that is the case, it means that material from the subsurface ocean is seeping up to the surface. Maybe microorganisms could seep up too.

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