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Mercury discovery boosts alien life search

Mercury discovery boosts alien life search | New Space | Scoop.it
The discovery of huge amounts of water ice and possible organic compounds on the heat-blasted planet Mercury suggests that the raw materials necessary for life as we know it may be common throughout the solar system, researchers say.
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Moon Express Announces Lunar South Pole Mission Technology Development Contract with International Lunar Observatory Association - Moon Express

International Lunar Observatory to be Established at Moon’s South Pole in 2019 International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and Moon Express recently announced a collaboration for the delivery of the first International Lunar Observatory to the South Pole of the Moon in 2019 (ILO-1). Moon Express has been contracted by ILOA to develop advanced landing technologies supporting …
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Moon Express will land an astronomical telescope at the moon's South Pole ans prospect for minerals there.
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Holographic imaging could be used to detect signs of life in space

Holographic imaging could be used to detect signs of life in space | New Space | Scoop.it
We may be capable of finding microbes in space—but if we did, could we tell what they were, and that they were alive?
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New instrument will look for microbial life on Enceladus.
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Has Mars Man Musk Pivoted to the Moon? – Parabolic Arc

By Douglas Messier Parabolic Arc Partway through an appearance at the International Space Station R&D Conference on Wednesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk dropped a
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Big changes to SpaceX's plans for Mars.
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Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life--and Rare in Our Galaxy

Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life--and Rare in Our Galaxy | New Space | Scoop.it
A new study finds plate tectonics may be hard to sustain on exoplanets
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For a planet to host life, it's great to be in the "Goldilocks zone," but that may not be enough.
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Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting

Elon Musk knows what’s ailing NASA—costly contracting | New Space | Scoop.it
"As soon as you don’t have any competition, the sense of urgency goes away."
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Cost-plus contracting drives up costs at NASA, but costs taxpayers much more when applied by DOD.
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NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) - Orbital Space Solar Power Option for a Lunar Village

The international community is increasingly interested in returning humans to the Moon and this time establishing a permanent lunar base.
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Will the first operational space solar power satellite supply power to the moon rather than the Earth? Maybe. JPL has worked out the parameters.
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A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off

A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX's long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket is just one of a handful of heavy-lift rockets being developed by companies and NASA.
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An assortment of big rockets are about to start heading skyward.
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Space Mining Law Passes in Luxembourg

Space Mining Law Passes in Luxembourg | New Space | Scoop.it
Luxembourg, Luxembourg – 13 July 2017 – Today, Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies passed a law, with near unanimity, regarding the exploration and utilisation of space resources. The new law will enter into force on 1 August. Luxembourg is the first European country to have a legal framework recognising the right to space-based resources that the
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SpaceX goes there—seeks government funds for deep space

SpaceX goes there—seeks government funds for deep space | New Space | Scoop.it
Ideas: Vertical takeoff of rockets on the Moon. Cargo to Mars. Deep space comms.
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SpaceX is lobbying Congress for support in going into deep space in a manner similar to their resupply contracts with the ISS.
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Private company plans to bring Moon rocks back to Earth in three years

Private company plans to bring Moon rocks back to Earth in three years | New Space | Scoop.it
The Moon could soon be open for business.
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Moon Express, after winning the Google Lunar X Prize, plans to go into the business of mining moondust and then selling it back on Earth.
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Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030

Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030 | New Space | Scoop.it
Japan has revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the Moon around 2030 in new proposals from the country's space agency.
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Japan wants to join NASA in building a station in cislunar space.
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What’s Up with Tabby’s Star? | SETI Institute

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SETI Institute is monitoring Boyajian's star for artificial signals with the Allen Telescope Array.
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SpaceX Launches Two Missions in Two Days - SpaceRef

SpaceX has upped the ante when it comes to reusable launch systems. Within 49 hours the company launched and recovered two Falcon 9 first stages while putting it's customer's payloads safely into orbit....
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SpaceX performs two launches within two days and recovers the boosters from both. They are racking up quite a collection of flight-proven boosters.
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Breakthrough Lofts the Smallest Satellites Ever, not Interstellar Yet, but a Step Forward - Universe Today

Breakthrough Lofts the Smallest Satellites Ever, not Interstellar Yet, but a Step Forward - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
Breakthrough Initiatives achieved a major milestone with the recent deployment of their Sprite satellites, the smallest satellites in history.
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Breakthrough Starshot has just taken a step toward the starts.
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Lockheed’s Prototype Habitat Plans for NASA’s Lunar Orbiting Deep Space Gateway

Lockheed’s Prototype Habitat Plans for NASA’s Lunar Orbiting Deep Space Gateway | New Space | Scoop.it
Artist rendering of the NextSTEP habitat docked with Orion in cislunar orbit as part of a concept for the Deep Space Gateway. Orion will serve as the habitat’s command deck i
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Lockheed has a preliminary concept for a Deep Space Gateway that would orbit the moon
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Elon Musk’s Bad Historical Analogy – Parabolic Arc

By Douglas Messier Managing Editor During his appearance at the International Space Station R&D Conference on Wednesday, Elon Musk recited an old argument to
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Elon Musk's Mars plan faces a serious funding challenge.
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Falcon Heavy prepares for debut flight as Musk urges caution on expectations | NASASpaceFlight.com

Developing rockets is difficult - even when those rockets use existing rocket boosters. Such is the case for SpaceX and the development of the Falcon Heavy.
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Mask manages expectations for first Falcon HEavy flight, citing multiple unknowns.
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Elon Musk Calls for Moon Base

Elon Musk Calls for Moon Base | New Space | Scoop.it
Elon Musk may be focused primarily on Mars, but he'd also like to see a human outpost on a world much closer to home.
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Musk opines that a moon base may be a necessary precursor to Mars colonization. He hints at design modifications to his announced interplanetary transport system.
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HiTechDays.com - Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings off Texas

HiTechDays.com - Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings off Texas | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA astronauts training for a possible mission to Mars have been practicing water maneuvers in a mock-up Orion space capsule in the Gulf of Mexico
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It might break their bubble, but somebody should probably tell NASA that proficiency in water landings will probably not be of much value on Mars.
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Starliner meets milestones as ULA switches Atlas booster for maiden flight | NASASpaceFlight.com

As Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew transportation vehicle for NASA continues to meet its processing milestones at the Kennedy Space Center and various test
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Boeing making progress on Starliner spacecraft.
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NASA Just Announced They Can't Afford to Get Humans to Mars

NASA Just Announced They Can't Afford to Get Humans to Mars | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA admitted today that under the current budget they cannot afford to get humans to Mars. NASA's next steps will depend on its funding, but now more than ever, the future of Mars colonization rests in the hands of commercial space companies.
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NASA spent a ton of money on SLS, supposedly to put American boots on Mars. Now there is no money left to fund a vehicle that can actually land those boots on Mars.
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New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis

New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis | New Space | Scoop.it
Last year, astronomers announced the existence of an unknown planet in our solar system. However, this hypothesis was subsequently called into question as biases in the observational data were detected. Now, Spanish astronomer
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Evidence suggests there are one or possible two planets beyond Neptune. Even if they are as big and massive as Earth, they would probably be classified as dwarf planets, according to the IAU definition voted upon in 2006 that demoted Pluto from planethood. How sensible is that?
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VP Pence Vows Return to the Moon, Boots on Mars during KSC Visit - Universe Today

VP Pence Vows Return to the Moon, Boots on Mars during KSC Visit - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Vice President Mike Pence, during a whirlwind visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, vowed that America would fortify our leadership in space under the Trump Administration with impressive goals by forcefully stating that “our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”
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VP Pence tours KSC and promises return to the moon and American boots on the surface of Mars.
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NASA’S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase

NASA’S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA - Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) logo. June 30, 2017 The first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflectio
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NASA is working on planetary protection with a proposed mission to smash into an asteroid to see how its trajectory is affected.
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ESA aims to privatize Space Rider unmanned spaceplane by 2025 - SpaceNews.com

ESA aims to privatize Space Rider unmanned spaceplane by 2025 - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Europe’s Space Rider reusable spaceplane is three years or so from its debut, but the European Space Agency is already making plans to privatize the unmanned orbital vehicle. ESA officials said Space Rider could be operating commercially by 2025, flying science payloads and bringing them back to Earth for roughly $9,200 per kilogram.
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European Space Agency is developing a reusable space plane.
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