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Sulphur Dioxide Detected On Venus Points To Active Volcanoes - RedOrbit

Sulphur Dioxide Detected On Venus Points To Active Volcanoes - RedOrbit | New Space | Scoop.it
RedOrbitSulphur Dioxide Detected On Venus Points To Active VolcanoesRedOrbitThe European Space Agency (ESA) has been observing Earth's sister planet for six years with its polar orbiter Venus Express.
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U.S. Out of Space - Reason.com

U.S. Out of Space - Reason.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Obama's space policy was one of his administration's bright spots.
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Cold hard facts about where US space policy is at the dawn of the Trump era.
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SpaceX gets ready to return to flight amid revelations about rocket finances

SpaceX gets ready to return to flight amid revelations about rocket finances | New Space | Scoop.it
As SpaceX prepares for its first Falcon 9 rocket launch in five months, a new report has surfaced about the company's finances.
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SpaceX anticipating return to flight on Saturday. They need a lot of successful launches, starting now, to improve their financial position.
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Can Evolution Have a ‘Higher Purpose’?

Can Evolution Have a ‘Higher Purpose’? | New Space | Scoop.it
The biologist William D. Hamilton entertained the notion. So can we.
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Might it be scientifically respectable to believe in God, after all?
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New Horizons prepares for New Year’s Day 2019 Kuiper Belt Object encounter | NASASpaceFlight.com

New Horizons prepares for New Year’s Day 2019 Kuiper Belt Object encounter | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
A year and a half after its historic flyby of dwarf planet Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is preparing for its encounter with a second Kuiper Belt
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The next target of the New Horizons spacecraft, after its historic flyby of Pluto promises to be exciting and informative.
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NASA Awards Four Additional Commercial Crew Missions to both Boeing and SpaceX

NASA Awards Four Additional Commercial Crew Missions to both Boeing and SpaceX | New Space | Scoop.it
Commercial Crew missions through 2024 are now contracted.
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NASA commits to keeping the space station crewed through 2024, even if Russia decides to take their modules and go home.
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SpaceX Closes AMOS-6 Investigation, Aims to Launch 10 Satellites Next Sunday

SpaceX Closes AMOS-6 Investigation, Aims to Launch 10 Satellites Next Sunday | New Space | Scoop.it
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SpaceX closes AMOS-6 investigation and preps to launch 10 satellites for Iridium from Vandenberg, recovering the first stage on the drone ship Just Read the Instructions.
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Distant Horizons - Different Surfaces

Distant Horizons - Different Surfaces | New Space | Scoop.it
Poster showing a comparison of images from planetary surfaces ordered by increasing complexity of the surface processes.
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Take a look at the places our robots have been. People have only been to two of them so far.
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Team Indus joins Google Lunar X-Prize finalists, Astrobotic drops out

Team Indus joins Google Lunar X-Prize finalists, Astrobotic drops out | New Space | Scoop.it
Team Indus secured a verified launch contract to stay in the Google Lunar X-Prize while Astrobotic, the first team to do so, dropped out of the competition.

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Google Lunar X-Prize competition changes as an American team drops out and an Indian team joins the final lineup of competitors.
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Virgin Galactic sneaks in just one more SpaceShipTwo glide test to cap off 2016

Virgin Galactic sneaks in just one more SpaceShipTwo glide test to cap off 2016 | New Space | Scoop.it
A story about Space from GeekWire, as featured in Newsfusion's Space News app.
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Virgin spaceship Unity successfully completes second glide flight test.
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Peter Thiel's influence gives space privatization a boost to NASA

Peter Thiel's influence gives space privatization a boost to NASA | New Space | Scoop.it
Thanks to Thiel, NASA point men Alan Stern, Alan Lindenmoyer, and Charles Miller will bring pro-privatization attitudes to US space policy during transition
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Commercial space is looking up, thanks to the influence of Peter Thiel, as well as Trumps bias toward business over government.
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Avalanche statistics suggest Tabby's star is near a continuous phase transition

Avalanche statistics suggest Tabby's star is near a continuous phase transition | New Space | Scoop.it
In its search for extrasolar planets, the Kepler space telescope looks for stars whose light flux periodically dims, signaling the passing of an orbiting planet in front of the star. But the timing and duration of diminishe
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Shucks! Maybe its not aliens after all.
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The structural stability of lunar lava tubes

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Large lunar lava tubes exist and would provide ideal conditions for lunar bases.
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Dear President Trump: Here’s How to Make Space Great Again

Dear President Trump: Here’s How to Make Space Great Again | New Space | Scoop.it
Opinion: Four members of the US Air Force's Space Horizons Team describe what the Trump administration's space agenda should be.
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A call for President-Elect Trump to make America great again--in space.
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Jeff Bezos tweets his vote of support for constructing a ‘superhighway in space’

Jeff Bezos tweets his vote of support for constructing a ‘superhighway in space’ | New Space | Scoop.it
What should Donald Trump have NASA do? Today Jeff Bezos voiced his support for the idea that the space agency should help build a "highway in the sky."
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Howard Bloom lays out a roadmap for space, based on the fact that the Trump administration will probably not give us the same-old, same-old. Jeff Bezos tweets his support of the idea.
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SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1 | NASASpaceFlight.com

SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1 | NASASpaceFlight.com | New Space | Scoop.it
As SpaceX continues its efforts to press forward with Return To Flight later this month, a draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment report for Launch Complex
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SpaceX plans to construct two new landing pads at its LZ-1 landing facility at Cape Canaveral to accommodate the simultaneous landing of three Falcon 9 cores after a Falcon Heavy launch.
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The hunt for alien megastructures is on

The hunt for alien megastructures is on | New Space | Scoop.it
Astronomers are continuing to scour the sky in search of these colossal construction projects — both within and beyond our home galaxy.
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Are there highly advanced super civilizations in the universe that we might be able to detect? Several teams are looking for the telltale signs.
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Does the EM Drive Work? It’s Hard to Say.

Does the EM Drive Work? It’s Hard to Say. | New Space | Scoop.it
Centauri Dreams has just published a devastating takedown of the paper recently published by NASA’s Eagle Laboratory that claimed to measure anomalous thrust from the purported reactionless t…
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A lot more rigor in testing is called for than has been exhibited by either NASA or the Chinese researchers studying the purported EM Drive.
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TrumpSpace Landing Team: Round Two Begins - NASA Watch

TrumpSpace Landing Team: Round Two Begins - NASA Watch | New Space | Scoop.it
GOP Rep. Jim Bridenstine Seen as Top Choice for NASA Chief, Wall Street Journal "Boeing and other legacy contractors have rallied behind Doug Cooke, a former senior NASA official under President George W. Bush, people with knowledge of the situation...
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NASA will go one of two very different ways. Which way they will go depends a lot on who is named NASA Administrator.
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Opportunity celebrates Christmas/New Year on Mars marching to ancient, water-carved gully

Opportunity celebrates Christmas/New Year on Mars marching to ancient, water-carved gully | New Space | Scoop.it



On the brink of 4600 Sols of a profoundly impactful life, NASA's long lived Opportunity rover celebrates the Christmas/New Year's holiday season on Mars marching relentlessly towards an ancient water carved gully along the eroded rim of vast Endeavour crater – the next science target on her incredible journey traversing across never before seen Red Planet terrains."Opportunity is continuing its great 21st century natural history expedition on Mars, exploring the complex geology and record of past climate here on the rim of the 22-km Endeavour impact crater," writes Larry Crumpler, a science team member from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, in a mission update.Indeed, New Years Day 2017 equates to 4600 Sols, or Martian Days – of boundless exploration and discovery by the longest living Martian rover ever dispatched by humanity to survey the most Earth-like planet in our solar system.$$!ad_code_content_spilt_video_ad!$$One can easily imagine our beloved Princess Leia gazing quite proudly upon the feistiness and resourcefulness of this never-give-up Martian Princess rover – climbing steeply uphill no less – nearly 13 years into her 3 month mission!"Not a boring flat terrain, but heroically rugged terrain," says Crumpler."Hopefully the brakes are good! For a rover that originally landed 12 years ago on what amounts to a flat parking lot, the current terrain is about as different and rugged as any mountain goat rover could handle."Indeed she is 51 times beyond her "warrantied" life expectancy of merely 90 Sols roving the surface of the 4th rock from the Sun during her latest extended mission. (And this time round, the clueless Washington bean counters did not even dare threaten to shut her down – lest they suffer the wrath of a light saber or sister Curiosity's laser canon !!).






Check out the glorious view from Opportunity's current Martian holiday season exploits in our newest photo mosaics created by the imaging team of Ken Kremer and Marco Di Lorenzo."Opportunity has begun the ascent of the steep slopes here in the inner wall of Endeavour impact crater after completion of a survey of outcrops close to the crater floor. The goal now is to climb back to the rim where the terrain is less hazardous, drive south quickly about 1 km south, and arrive at the next major mission target on the rim before the next Martian winter," Crumpler elaborated.After surviving the scorching '6 minutes of Terror' plummet through the thin Martian atmosphere, Opportunity bounced to an airbag cushioned landing on the plains of Meridiani Planum on January 24, 2004 – nearly 13 years ago!Opportunity was launched on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on July 7, 2003.The newest 2 year extended mission phase just began on Oct. 1, 2016 as the six wheeled robot was stationed at the western rim of Endeavour crater at the bottom of Marathon Valley at a spot called "Bitterroot Valley" and completing investigation of nearby "Spirit Mound."She is now ascending back up to the top of the crater rim for the southward trek to 'the gully' in 2017."Opportunity is making progress towards the next science objective of the extended mission," researchers leading the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity mission wrote in a status update.






"The rover is headed toward an ancient water-carved gully about a kilometer south of the rover's current location on the rim of Endeavour Crater."Endeavour crater spans some 22 kilometers (14 miles) in diameter.Opportunity has been exploring Endeavour since arriving at the humongous crater in 2011. Endeavour crater was formed when it was carved out of the Red Planet by a huge meteor impact billions of years ago."Endeavour crater dates from the earliest Martian geologic history, a time when water was abundant and erosion was relatively rapid and somewhat Earth-like," Crumpler explains."So in addition to exploring the geology of a large crater, a type of feature that no one has ever explored in its preserved state, the mission seeks to take a close look at the evidence in the rocks for the past environment. Thus we are trying to stick to the crater rim where the oldest rocks are."But the crater slopes ahead are steep! As much as 20 degrees and more – and thus potentially dangerous! So the team is commanding Opportunity to proceed ahead with caution to "the gully" which is the primary target of her latest extended mission.The rover has even done "quite a bit of exploratory driving in an effort to attain a good vantage point for finding a path through a troubling area of boulder patch and steep slopes ahead. The concern was whether the available routes to avoid the boulders were all too steep to traverse, in which case we would have to forgo the current 'Extended Mission 10' (EM10) route and backtrack to find a different route to our main objective, the 'gully.'"






"The slopes here exceed 20 degrees and the surface consists of flat outcrops of impact breccias covered with tiny rocks that act like ball bearings," Crumpler writes. "Anyone who has attempted to walk on a 20 degree slope with a covering of fine pebbles on hard outcrop can attest to the difficulty. Opportunity has been operating at these extreme slope for several months. But going down hill is one thing, And going back up hill is another entirely."As of today, Sol 4598, Dec. 29, 2016, Opportunity has taken over 215,900 images and traversed over 27.12 miles (43.65 kilometers) – more than a marathon.See our updated route map below.The rover surpassed the 27 mile mark milestone early last month on November 6 (Sol 4546).The power output from solar array energy production is currently 414 watt-hours, before heading into another southern hemisphere Martian winter in 2017.Meanwhile Opportunity's younger sister rover Curiosity traverses and drills into the lower sedimentary layers at the base of Mount Sharp.Source: Universe Today
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Opportunity continues to explore Mars, 13 years into its 90 day mission.
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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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Have experiments in China proven that the EM Drive is a true propellantless thruster? Wait a minute. Let's look at this more carefully, MUCH more carefully.
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Could Dark Matter Be Powering The EMdrive?

Could Dark Matter Be Powering The EMdrive? | New Space | Scoop.it
It might not work at all, but if the thrust is real and we detect no reaction, could the discrepancy be due to dark matter?
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Is dark matter the fuel that makes the EM Drive go?
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Will Whitehorn Dissembles About Virgin Galactic’s Risk Management at Parabolic Arc

Will Whitehorn Dissembles About Virgin Galactic’s Risk Management at Parabolic Arc | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Will Whitehorn predicts Virgin Galactic will start commercial servic3e within a year.
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'Anomalous readings' detected during James Webb Space Telescope tests

'Anomalous readings' detected during James Webb Space Telescope tests | New Space | Scoop.it

On Dec. 3, accelerometers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) detected "anomalous readings" in a portion of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)...


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A glitch in test data is detected in the James Webb Space Telescope. Better to find such things on the ground rather than after it is in space out beyond the moon.
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EmDrive: China claims success with this 'reactionless' engine for space travel

EmDrive: China claims success with this 'reactionless' engine for space travel | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA also has high hopes for the theoretical engineRay ShawyerEmDriveFirst proposed by Roger Shawyer, the EmDrive creates an aniostropi
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China is working on an EmDrive propulsion system, joining NASA's EagleWorks in claiming to have measured thrust.
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Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk - BBC News

Japan tests innovative magnetic tether for slowing space junk - BBC News | New Space | Scoop.it
Japan launches a cargo ship carrying a space junk collector designed to gather debris in space.
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Japan is working on making orbital space safer for astronauts and satellites.
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