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Reflecting on the ice of Mercury and the Moon

Reflecting on the ice of Mercury and the Moon | New Space | Scoop.it
Composite image of the north pole of Mercury. Red are the areas of permanent shadow; yellow delineates radar bright deposits mapped from Earth. Data are plotted on a photomosaic of MESSENGER images.
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Rocket Lab Preparing for its First Launch as Electron Arrives at Launch Complex 1 - SpaceRef

Rocket Lab Preparing for its First Launch as Electron Arrives at Launch Complex 1 - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
#Rocket #Lab Preparing for 1st #Launch as #Electron Arrives at #LaunchComplex 1... https://t.co/UnGyBgIIKb
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Rocket Lab and New Zealand move forward in their push to enter the commercial orbital launch business.
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Top Programmatic Risks for SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Program – Parabolic Arc

Top Programmatic Risks for SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Program – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
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Risk factors identified by GAO in Falcon 9/Crew Dragon stack.
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Airbus to Build Second Orion Service Module – Parabolic Arc

Airbus to Build Second Orion Service Module – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
#Airbus to Build Second #Orion Service Module – via #ParabolicArc https://t.co/cPz2Ml7jZA
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Work on second Orion space capsule commences with an eye toward a 2021 launch of astronauts beyond Earth orbit.
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Investigating the potential of including a crew on the maiden flight of SLS | NASASpaceFlight.com

Investigating the potential of including a crew on the maiden flight of SLS | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
With NASA's management officially informing the workforce that evaluations are taking place into installing a crew on to the first flight of the Space Launch
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Details on the possibilities for putting crew on the first SLS launch.
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Here’s why a commercial space group endorsed NASA’s SLS rocket

Here’s why a commercial space group endorsed NASA’s SLS rocket | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Launch System? Falcon Heavy? New Glenn? Fly, then debate.
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Journalistic speculation on the reasoning behind the surprise announcement of support for SLS by a commercial space group.
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100 Potential Extrasolar Planets Discovered - SpaceRef

100 Potential Extrasolar Planets Discovered - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method....
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100 nearby exoplanet candidates discovered by radial velocity method.
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Centauri Dreams

Centauri Dreams | New Space | Scoop.it
Interstellar flight considered through current news about space, astronomy and propulsion research.
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JPL has a plan to land on Europa.
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It's Alive! Algae Survive 16 Months Exposure To Space

It's Alive! Algae Survive 16 Months Exposure To Space | New Space | Scoop.it
Algae was exposed to extreme heat and cold on the outside of the International Space Station and survived.
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Algae survived in the vacuum of space on the outside of the space station. Maybe life on Mars is not such a far-fetched idea.
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ISS set for first commercial airlock for external payloads and cubesats | NASASpaceFlight.com

ISS set for first commercial airlock for external payloads and cubesats | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The International Space Station (ISS) is set to gain another addition in 2019, with the announcement of a milestone being achieved with the goal of launching a
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Commercially funded airlock will be used for deploying small satellites from the International Space Station.
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Spacex will have to fix turbopumps for next version of Falcon 9 to qualify it for NASA manned flights

Spacex will have to fix turbopumps for next version of Falcon 9 to qualify it for NASA manned flights | New Space | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal indicates a forthcoming report from the US Government Accountability Office focuses most closely on issues wit
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The SpaceX Block 5 Falcon 9 that is slated to carry astronauts to the space station will need a fix to the engine turbopumps before it can be qualified to carry humans.
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Centauri Dreams

Centauri Dreams | New Space | Scoop.it
Interstellar flight considered through current news about space, astronomy and propulsion research.
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More depth on the plan to send a probe to orbit Proxima b and send back years of data to Earth.
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$100 million Breakthrough Starshot small interstellar probe project will start funding technological development in a few months

$100 million Breakthrough Starshot small interstellar probe project will start funding technological development in a few months | New Space | Scoop.it
The Breakthrough Starshot is an effort backed by US$100 million from Russian investor Yuri Milner to vastly accelerate research an
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What is required to send a microchip spacecraft to Proxima Centauri b?
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Sierra Nevada prepares for spring landing test of Dream Chaser | NASASpaceFlight.com

Sierra Nevada prepares for spring landing test of Dream Chaser | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Continuing on a developmental track as part of its CRS-2 contract award from NASA, the Sierra Nevada Corporation has shipped the Engineering Test Article of
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Sierra Nevada moving ahead with development of Dream Chase spacecraft. 2019 flight to space station is expected.
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Top Programmatic Risks for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program – Parabolic Arc

Top Programmatic Risks for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program – Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA Commercial Crew Program Schedule Pressure Increases as Contractors Delay Key Events GAO Report 17-137 February 16, 2017 Program’s Top Risks for Boeing The
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Risks highlighted by GAO on Boeing's CST-100 Commercial Crew effort center on the Russian engines of the Atlas V launch vehicle and the parachutes that would be used to return the crew to Earth.
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SpaceX is pushing back the target launch date for its first Mars mission

SpaceX is pushing back the target launch date for its first Mars mission | New Space | Scoop.it
Last year, SpaceX announced a bold plan to launch its Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018 — in what would be the first ever private mission to the Red Planet. But now it looks lik
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SpaceX has too much on its plate right now, with Crew Dragon, a lengthy launch manifest, and Falcon Heavy's maiden flight, to be putting effort into launching Red Dragon to Mars next year.
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NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes

NASA selects proposals for first-ever space technology research institutes | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system.
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In a shift of focus from Earth orbit to deep space, NASA forms two new research institutes to develop technologies that will take us out there.
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NASA, heeding Trump, may add astronauts to a test flight moon mission

NASA, heeding Trump, may add astronauts to a test flight moon mission | New Space | Scoop.it
“There is strong interest in finding significant near-term accomplishments that can be done in the first term.”
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President Trump wants NASA to investigate the possibility of making the first SQL/Orion mission a crewed mission.
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104-satellite launch marks success for India (and Seattle’s Spaceflight Industries)

104-satellite launch marks success for India (and Seattle’s Spaceflight Industries) | New Space | Scoop.it
A record-setting flock of 104 satellites was successfully deployed into orbit overnight after the launch of an Indian rocket.
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India shows its muscle in space by launching and deploying 104 satellites in a single launch.
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Officials Mull Proposal for Manned Mission to Refurbish Hubble Telescope

Officials Mull Proposal for Manned Mission to Refurbish Hubble Telescope | New Space | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump’s advisers are considering an industry proposal to send a manned spacecraft to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope within the next few years, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Sierra Nevada is suggesting that their Dream Chaser space plane could upgrade and refurbish the iconic Hubble Space Telescope, extending its life and usefulness.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Breaths First Fire at KSC Pad 39A - Successful Static Fire Test Paves Path to Feb. 18 ISS Launch - Universe Today

SpaceX Falcon 9 Breaths First Fire at KSC Pad 39A - Successful Static Fire Test Paves Path to Feb. 18 ISS Launch - Universe Today | New Space | Scoop.it
SPACE VIEW PARK/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - For the first time in more than half a decade, a rocket came to life at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center when a SpaceX Falcon 9 breathed her first fire at historic pad 39A today, Sunday, Feb. 12 - successfully completing a critical static test firing of the first stage engines that opens the door to a launch to the space station next weekend for NASA.
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SpaceX conducts successful static fire test of Falcon 9 on KSC Pad 39-A in preparation for launch to space station on Saturday.
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The big changes that may (not) be coming to NASA - SpaceNews.com

The big changes that may (not) be coming to NASA - SpaceNews.com | New Space | Scoop.it
An email claimed that the White House had been recommended to consider a competition between OldSpace and NewSpace. Others say that's not the case.
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IT appears the stars are aligning in favor of full funding and support of the Space Launch System/Orion stack.
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Orbital ATK preps Cygnus flights; Antares enhancements on track for 2019 | NASASpaceFlight.com

Orbital ATK preps Cygnus flights; Antares enhancements on track for 2019 | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Following a highly successful Return To Flight of their newly upgraded Antares 230 series rocket this past October, Orbital ATK is deep into processing for the
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Orbital ATK is on track to keep supplying the space station with, using and upgraded Antares booster.
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Centauri Dreams

Centauri Dreams | New Space | Scoop.it
Interstellar flight considered through current news about space, astronomy and propulsion research.
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Followup on yesterday's most about sailing to another star.
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Solving The Problem of Interstellar Slowdown at the Alpha Centauri Star System - SpaceRef

Solving The Problem of Interstellar Slowdown at the Alpha Centauri Star System - SpaceRef | New Space | Scoop.it
In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative. He plans to invest 100 million US dollars in the development of an ultra-light light sail that can be accelerated to 20 percent of the speed of light...
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Here's a plan to explore three stars, Alpha Centauri A, B, and C (also known as Proxima) with a single solar powered sailcraft.
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The Space Review: Three principles to constructively engage China in outer space security

The Space Review: Three principles to constructively engage China in outer space security | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @ponder68: @dennizenx @SpaceNews_Inc Hence my piece in this week's Space Review. https://t.co/13pKUQULJU
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What posture will the Trump administration take on space. Here are three suggestions.
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