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Space-Based 3-D Printers Could Create Tools From Moon Dust - Wired

Space-Based 3-D Printers Could Create Tools From Moon Dust - Wired | New Space | Scoop.it
Examiner.comSpace-Based 3-D Printers Could Create Tools From Moon DustWiredWashington State University researchers made these cylinders on a 3-D printer using simulated moon rock.
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SpaceX tests Vandenberg Falcon 9 amid schedule realignment | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX has static fired a Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a mission to launch the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites. The test sets the
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SpaceX set to launch two payloads in two days, one on the West Coast and the other on the East Coast.
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Planetary Resources sets aside Earth observation system - SpaceNews.com

Planetary Resources sets aside Earth observation system - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A year after announcing plans to develop an Earth observation constellation, Planetary Resources has set that effort aside to focus on asteroid prospecting.
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Planetary Resources abandons Earth observation program to concentrate on asteroid mining.
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Air Force budget reveals how much SpaceX undercuts launch prices

Air Force budget reveals how much SpaceX undercuts launch prices | New Space | Scoop.it
Spoiler alert: It’s a lot.
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Government launches by SpaceX ost MUCH less than similar launches by United Launch Alliance.
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Today in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talk

Today in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talk | New Space | Scoop.it
Today in 1922, an Illinois professor showed how movies could talk.
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My old professor and mentor invented sound motion pictures and is little remembered today for that breakthrough. He changed the direction of my life.
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Bulgariasat launch realigns; SpaceX secures X-37B launch contract | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX has realigned the launch date for the Bulgariasat-1 mission, which due to a two day launch delay with CRS-11 is now targeting launch No Earlier Than
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SpaceX landing the contract to launch the X37-B for the US Air Force is a major coup.
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Tampa team chosen to send data satellite into deep space

Tampa team chosen to send data satellite into deep space | New Space | Scoop.it
Tampa will have a spot on the inaugural voyage of NASA's most powerful rocket ever as it paves the way for the future exploration of Mars.
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Three cubesats are headed to deep space on the first SLS/Orion launch.
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Mars Had Way More Water on its Surface Than We Thought - Universe Today

Mars Had Way More Water on its Surface Than We Thought - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that Mars had a much larger ocean than previously thought. However, we can't understand how the Martian climate was ever able to support such an ocean.
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Study shows Mars was an ocean world at some point in its history.
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Reused SpaceX Dragon Supply Ship Arrives Space Station, Cygnus Departs, Falcon 9 Launch & Landing: Photos/Videos - Universe Today

Reused SpaceX Dragon Supply Ship Arrives Space Station, Cygnus Departs, Falcon 9 Launch & Landing: Photos/Videos - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - The first ever reused Dragon supply ship successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) two days after a thunderous liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, June 3. The first stage booster made a magnificent return to the Cape and erect ground landing some 8 minutes after liftoff.
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Great videos of CRS-11 launch and first stage landing, including sonic booms.
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Maybe the Aliens Aren't Hiding, they're Sleeping, Waiting for the Universe to Get Better - Universe Today

Maybe the Aliens Aren't Hiding, they're Sleeping, Waiting for the Universe to Get Better - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A new study by a team of researchers from the Future of Humanity Institute argues that the reason we haven't detected any aliens is because they are currently sleeping.
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Why can't we see the alients? Are they taking a long nap?
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A Star System Only 10 Light-Years Away is Our Mini-Doppelganger

A Star System Only 10 Light-Years Away is Our Mini-Doppelganger | New Space | Scoop.it
A nearby star system resembles an approximation of what our solar system may have looked like in its early development.
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A star system that has often appeared in science fiction as a destination for interstellar flight appears in new data to be a younger version of our own solar system.
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SpaceX set to join rare company by re-flying an orbital spacecraft

SpaceX set to join rare company by re-flying an orbital spacecraft | New Space | Scoop.it
Only two spacecraft, besides the space shuttle, have flown into orbit more than once.
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SpaceX is poised to fly a used Dragon spacecraft to the ISS. If successful, it, along with the Falcon 9 booster that has already demonstrated reusability, will show the two most costly parts of the total system are reusable.
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Robust and Elastic Lunar and Martian Structures from 3D-Printed Regolith Inks

Robust and Elastic Lunar and Martian Structures from 3D-Printed Regolith Inks | New Space | Scoop.it
Here, we present a comprehensive approach for creating robust, elastic, designer Lunar and Martian regolith simulant (LRS and MRS, respectively) architectures using ambient condition, extrusion-based 3D-printing of regolith simulant inks.
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Lunar and Martian regolith make good construction materials with a new 3D painting technique.
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SpaceX Targets June 1 Launch of Space Station Cargo Delivery Mission for NASA - Universe Today

SpaceX Targets June 1 Launch of Space Station Cargo Delivery Mission for NASA - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is targeting a June 1 blastoff for the firms next cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA following today’s (May 28) successful test firing of the Falcon 9 booster’s main engines on the Florida Space Coast under sunny skies.
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Next ISS resupply mission is ready for launch on Thursday afternoon.
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Europe okays project to seek alien life

Europe okays project to seek alien life | New Space | Scoop.it
Paris (AFP) June 21, 2017 - Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host.
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Europe joins the search for life-bearing exoplanets.
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A Drone Flies Through the SpaceX Factory – Parabolic Arc

Hawthorne, California pic.twitter.com/d5qRlN0XQ7 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2017
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No drone, but some pretty interesting views of the inside of the SpaceX rocket factory in operation.
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SpaceX static fire next Falcon 9 – another flight proven booster | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX has conducted a static fire test on the next Falcon 9 to launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), a launch that will mark the second time a "flight
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SpaceX preparing to launch Bulgarisat-1 on a "flight-proven" booster.
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NASA needs to develop new Mars missions now to prevent stall in exploration, organization argues

NASA needs to develop new Mars missions now to prevent stall in exploration, organization argues | New Space | Scoop.it
The next rover that NASA plans to send to Mars in 2020 has a big job to do: gather and prepare samples from the Red Planet that can eventually be returned to Earth. It’s the first step towar
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Planetary Society points out that it is silly to have a 2020 Mars mission collect a soil sample for later pickup when there is not plan to develop the mission to do the pickup. This seems like building a bridge to nowhere. Great use of tax dollars.
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SpaceX Preps Its Next Used Rocket for Launch (Photo)

SpaceX Preps Its Next Used Rocket for Launch (Photo) | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX is getting ready to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time ever.
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SpaceX is upping its launch cadence, preparing to launch satellite for Bulgaria.
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NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data of asteroid and comet discoveries.
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Might one of these 97 newly discovered Near Earth Objects be an attractive target for the asteroid miners?
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Cancer Risk for a Human Mars Mission Just Got a Lot Worse - Universe Today

Cancer Risk for a Human Mars Mission Just Got a Lot Worse - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
A new study by scientists from UNLV indicates that astronauts going to Mars will be at an increased risk of cancer caused by exposure to radiation.
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It appears we may have been underestimating the risks due to galactic cosmic rays in the exploration of space beyond Earth's magnetosphere.
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Has the 40-year old mystery of the "Wow!" signal been solved?

Has the 40-year old mystery of the "Wow!" signal been solved? | New Space | Scoop.it
In August 1977, the Ohio State University Radio Observatory picked up a radio transmission that was so strong it inspired the astronomer who discovered it to write “Wow!” in the margin of the data printout. Almost 40 years later, researchers have solved the mystery.
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A reasonable cause for the famous Wow! signal has finally been discovered. No aliens needed.
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New Findings from Curiosity Hint Ancient Mars Lake ‘Favorable for Different Microbial Life’

New Findings from Curiosity Hint Ancient Mars Lake ‘Favorable for Different Microbial Life’ | New Space | Scoop.it
Mudstone lakebed sedimentary deposits seen by the Curiosity rover in Gale crater. The latest findings show that the lake in the crater was stratified and could have supported a wide variet
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3 billion years ago, conditions on Mars were favorable for life.
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Cygnus Departs Station Day Before Dragon Arrives

Cygnus Departs Station Day Before Dragon Arrives | New Space | Scoop.it
Orbital ATK & NASA - Cygnus OA-7 Mission patch. June 4, 2017 Image above: The Cygnus cargo craft, with its prominen
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Cygnus resupply vehicle SS John Glenn departs ISS to make way for tomorrow's arrival of Dragon CRS-11.
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Virgin Galactic nears next phase of SpaceShipTwo test program - SpaceNews.com

Virgin Galactic nears next phase of SpaceShipTwo test program - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Virgin Galactic performed another glide flight of SpaceShipTwo June 1 as the company suggested it was nearing a new phase in its test program.
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SpaceShipTwo glide flight is a successful test.
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MAF in major push to bring SLS production back to full thrust | NASASpaceFlight.com

MAF in major push to bring SLS production back to full thrust | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Impacted by significant disruptions in recent months, a wide range of assembly and production work for the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage nevertheless
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Work proceeds on SLS fuel and oxygen tanks after a tornado shut down the facility where they were being built.
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