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Rare Water-Rich Mars Meteorite Discovered : Discovery News

Rare Water-Rich Mars Meteorite Discovered : Discovery News | New Space | Scoop.it
A rare Martian meteorite recently found in Morocco in contains minerals with 10 times more water than previously discovered Mars meteorites.
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Martian meteorite that landed in the Sahara last year reveals that two billion years ago at least one place on the surface of Mars had ten times as much water as what the case was later.

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January 30, 2015 in News: SpaceX nears pad abort test for human-rated Dragon ... - Spaceflight Now

January 30, 2015 in News: SpaceX nears pad abort test for human-rated Dragon ... - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
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SpaceX has released this photo of the Dragon spacecraft for the pad abort test. Credit: SpaceX.
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After two commercial Falcon 9 launches in February, SpaceX is due to conduct a pad abort test for the crew Dragon spacecraft in March.

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ASAP Says SpaceX, Orbital Need to Up Their Games on ISS Resupply

ASAP Says SpaceX, Orbital Need to Up Their Games on ISS Resupply | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)
SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation will now have to deliver the majority of supplies needed to maintain the U.S.
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Chronic delays in cargo launches to the space station are compromising the science that can be done. Both SpaceX and Orbital will need to do a better job of meeting schedules.

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5 Lunar X Prize Teams Land Payday; Only 2 Landed Hardware - Space News

5 Lunar X Prize Teams Land Payday; Only 2 Landed Hardware - Space News | New Space | Scoop.it
Five teams vying for the Google Lunar X Prize divided $5 million in intermediate prizes for completing self-defined milestones of widely varying difficulty.
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What do the milestone prizes mean in the Google Lunar X Prize? Different things to different teams.

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Mars Fossils? Curiosity Rover Team Questions Report on Potential Microbe Traces

Mars Fossils? Curiosity Rover Team Questions Report on Potential Microbe Traces | New Space | Scoop.it
Scientists on the Curiosity team have brought into question a recent report about potential trace fossils in the Mars rover's images of the Gillespie rock outcrop.
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Carl Sagan said that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. A number of experts claim that the evidence for microbial fossils on Mars is not extraordinary enough.

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Asteroid Miners May Get Help from Metal-Munching Microbes - Space.com

Asteroid Miners May Get Help from Metal-Munching Microbes - Space.com | New Space | Scoop.it
The asteroid-mining firm Deep Space Industries (DSI) is investigating the feasibility of injecting microbes into space rocks far from Earth, to get a jump on processing their valuable resources.
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Deep Space Industries reveals how they plan to profit from mining asteroids. Their methods differ sharply from those employed by the mining industry on Earth.

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Boeing’s CST-100 part of NASA’s intertwined forward path

Boeing’s CST-100 part of NASA’s intertwined forward path | New Space | Scoop.it
Boeing Vice President John Elbon believes the CST-100 spacecraft is part of an intertwined forward path for NASA, centralized around the International Space Station.
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Boeing VEEP outlines his company's commercial crew plans and timeline.

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SpaceX Prepares Dragon for Abort Test

SpaceX Prepares Dragon for Abort Test | New Space | Scoop.it
SpaceX Dragon vehicle undergoes preparation for abort test. (Credit: NASA)
NASA Commercial Crew Program Update
SpaceX is preparing a test version of its Crew Dragon for an upcoming flight that will simulate an emergency abort from the launch pad.
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A key milestone for SpaceX's commercial crew contract is the successful completion of a pad abort test that would be survivable for a human crew. The vehicle for the test is currently being prepared.

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Why We're Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets - Wired

Why We're Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets - Wired | New Space | Scoop.it
Think “moon” and you probably envision a desolate, cratered landscape, maybe with an American flag and some old astronaut footprints. Earth’s moon is no place for living things. But that isn’t necessarily true for every moon.
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It may be more likely that we will find a habitable moon of a gas giant in the habitable zone of a distant star before we find a habitable planet in such a zone.

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Elon Musk settles with the US Air Force, smoothing the way for competition in spy-satellite missions

Elon Musk settles with the US Air Force, smoothing the way for competition in spy-satellite missions | New Space | Scoop.it
It only took John Ashcroft.
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SpaceX didn't win its suit against the US Air Force, but the suit made its point and it may now be easier for SpaceX to compete for military launch business.

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Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation - YouTube

Falcon Heavy | Flight Animation - YouTube | New Space | Scoop.it
Falcon Heavy is the world’s most powerful rocket, a launch vehicle of scale and capability unequaled by any other currently flying.
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This shows a vision. When someone has a vision and works to turn the vision into reality, truly transformative advancements can be made.

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This shows what can be done when somebody has a vision, and then works against all obstacles to turn that vision into reality.

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The Space Review: The limits of Cruz control

The Space Review: The limits of Cruz control | New Space | Scoop.it
RT @TheMarsSociety: The Space Review: The limits of Cruz control http://t.co/bp1ZbwBZNK
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How much effect will Ted Cruz really have on space policy over the next two years? Perhaps less than you think.

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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet | New Space | Scoop.it
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres.
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The Dawn spacecraft is now close enough to Ceres to see that someone has left the light on there.

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Reaction Engines Reaches SABRE Engine Milestone

Reaction Engines Reaches SABRE Engine Milestone | New Space | Scoop.it
Skylon with the SABRE engine. (Credit: Reaction Engines) ABINGTON, England (Reaction Engines PR) – This year, the Reaction Engines team are expanding in staff and activities to complete the SABRE demonstrator programme, with delivery on track for...
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Skylon engine passes preliminary requirements review. Alan Bond predicts fully functioning SABRE engine by 2019.

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LauncherOne: Virgin Galactic Reveals Orbital Rocket | Video

LauncherOne: Virgin Galactic Reveals Orbital Rocket | Video | New Space | Scoop.it
Virgin Galactic’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, introduces LauncherOne; a concept for delivering satellites, cargo and crew vehicles into orbit cheaply, with less environmental impact. The company is moving beyond space tourism.
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New video heralds small satellite launch service.

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Boeing Head: SpaceX Making Company a Better Competitor

Boeing Head: SpaceX Making Company a Better Competitor | New Space | Scoop.it
Boeing's CEO said SpaceX’s growing presence in the space industry will force Boeing to be more competitive in some segments of the market, but that Boeing would retain its edge in more advanced segments.
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Boeing chairman voices respect for SpaceX, but asserts that Boeing is better at more advanced missions.

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Fire at Mars test habitat shows dangers of manned mission - CBC.ca

Fire at Mars test habitat shows dangers of manned mission - CBC.ca | New Space | Scoop.it
A fire at a simulated Mars habitat, located in the Utah desert, demonstates the dangers that a manned mission to the Red Planet might face.
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The fire at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert, would probably have been fatal for the entire crew if they had really been on Mars rather than running a simulation on Earth.

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Milestone Prizes have been Awarded in the Google Lunar X Prize Competition

Milestone Prizes have been Awarded in the Google Lunar X Prize Competition | New Space | Scoop.it
After winning a million-dollar prize from Google this week, a team of Indian engineers -- some young, some retired from the Indian space program -- are now a step closer to their goal of becoming the world’s first private-sector group to land on...
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Teams from India, the USA, Japan, and Germany have won cash prizes for the progress they have made in building systems designed to capture the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize.

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Andrey Rudenko Reveals Plan to 3D Print Bases on the Moon and Buildings in ... - 3DPrint.com

Andrey Rudenko Reveals Plan to 3D Print Bases on the Moon and Buildings in ... - 3DPrint.com | New Space | Scoop.it
Perhaps you are getting tired of hearing about the 3D printing of buildings by now. After all, 3D printed construction has been in the news quite a bit over the
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Want to build a base on the Moon without having to haul a lot of stuff out of the Earth's gravity well? Here's one idea on how to do it.

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Elon Musk and the SpaceX Odyssey: the Path from Falcon 9 to Mars Colonization Transporter

Elon Musk and the SpaceX Odyssey: the Path from Falcon 9 to Mars Colonization Transporter | New Space | Scoop.it
In Kubrick’s and Clark’s 2001 Space Odyssey, there was no question of “Boots or Bots”[ref]. The monolith had been left for humanity as a mileage and direction marker on Route 66 to the stars. So we...
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Here's the path Elon Musk is following.

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SpaceX confirms first Crew Dragon flights will land in the ocean

SpaceX confirms first Crew Dragon flights will land in the ocean | New Space | Scoop.it
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January 27, 2015 in News: SpaceX confirms first Crew Dragon flights will ...
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File photo of SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule descending under its three main parachutes. Credit: SpaceX.
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The first Crew Dragon flights will land in the ocean using the method pioneered by the Cargo Dragon.

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January 28, 2015 in News: Atlas 5 launch pad being prepared for astronaut crews - Spaceflight Now

January 28, 2015 in News: Atlas 5 launch pad being prepared for astronaut crews - Spaceflight Now | New Space | Scoop.it
Spaceflight Now January 28, 2015 in News: Atlas 5 launch pad being prepared for astronaut crews Spaceflight Now SpaceX is working on a separate spacecraft dubbed the Crew Dragon, which will blast off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center's...
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Boeing is upgrading its Atlas launch pad to accommodate the insertion of human crews into CST-100 spacecraft sitting on top of Atlas V launch vehicles.

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Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race

Watch our cool movie about going back to the Moon. In case you haven't heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Narrated by Tim Allen (voice of Buzz Lightyear), this is a...
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NASA says it is no interested in returning to the Moon. However, there are a lot of other people who do want to go there. This video is lengthy, but it is worth it.

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The Space Review: Mars One, the “Third Quarter Effect”, and our human journey into deep space

The Space Review: Mars One, the “Third Quarter Effect”, and our human journey into deep space | New Space | Scoop.it
The Space Review: Mars One, the “Third Quarter Effect”, and our human journey into deep space http://t.co/onRlCgPUW3
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Some thoughts on why Inspiration Mars might be a better next step in space than Mars One.

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How Richard Branson Has Been Funding Virgin Galactic

How Richard Branson Has Been Funding Virgin Galactic | New Space | Scoop.it
Space Tourism … and Much More
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Can Richard Branson keep the lights on at Virgin Galactic until the space tourism company reaches profitability?

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Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space

Boeing will be first to carry US astronauts to space | New Space | Scoop.it
Miami (AFP) Jan 26, 2015
Boeing will be the first commercial company to carry a NASA astronaut to space in July 2017 under a contract with the US space agency, followed by its competitor SpaceX, officials said Monday.
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Boeing scheduled to fly first NASA astronaut to the ISS in July of 2017. SpaceX will follow later that year.

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