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NASA's new telescopes could spot alien life within 20 years

NASA's new telescopes could spot alien life within 20 years | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
Convinced that there's got to be life on other planets? You're not alone in the universe -- in fact, many NASA scientists agree with you. And a panel.
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A series of new advanced telescopes are being slated for launch in 2017 and 2018. Unlike the older telescope which was more generic in its observational goals, the latest telescopes are better geared to search and observe planets, particularly planets that can support life. When these telescopes go into operation, the question of whether we are alone in this universe could see an answer soon.

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Time to Rethink NASA - National Review Online

Time to Rethink NASA - National Review Online | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
Time to Rethink NASA
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In an attempt to get the nation's human-spaceflight program on course again, funded by NASA, the National Research Council (NRC) issued a report a few weeks ago on the future of human spaceflight.
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A pretty fair criticism of our enthusiasm for space exploration and the need for direction. There is a  need for clarity of purpose instead of pouring billions into a project that simply appeals to the masses. It is not sufficient to simply desire to go further into space but there should be objective goals like settlement on the moon/mars.

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NASA approves rocket for deep-space travel - Los Angeles Times

NASA approves rocket for deep-space travel - Los Angeles Times | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
Sydney Morning Herald NASA approves rocket for deep-space travel Los Angeles Times Space Launch System, a NASA rocket designed by Boeing that will be intended for deep-space exploration to near-Earth asteroids, the moon and even Mars, is depicted...
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It is both heartening and a relief to see a step forward in space travel, relighting the goals of reaching the moon again and eventually Mars. The loss of our ability to reach the moon after the destruction of the blueprints of the original moon-capable rockets was a huge blow to space exploration. The past decades have seen only our travels limited primarily to Earth's orbit and its space stations.

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How 3D printing could enhance space travel - The Space Reporter

How 3D printing could enhance space travel - The Space Reporter | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
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How 3D printing could enhance space travel
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Some of the limitations of 3D printing in space are due to the nature of space itself.
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The advent and leaps made in 3D printing technologies could eventually present huge boons to our space travel and explorations. We can currently even capable of printing handguns and make-up, and if the space-related technical difficulties could be addressed, it would allow Astronauts to print whatever they need instead of waiting for a resupply shuttle in months.

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Daily Life Of An Astronaut -- FAK #31

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This seemingly light-hearted video offers a convenient and quick look into the daily life of an astronaut living in Space, particularly on the International Space Station. It highlights all the daily issues and routines that we normally go through each day, and shows the difficulties faced. There is a sense of appreciation of how much things are easier for us back down on Earth.

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NASA Weighs Ethics of Astronaut Health Risks on Long Missions Into Deep Space - Nextgov

NASA Weighs Ethics of Astronaut Health Risks on Long Missions Into Deep Space - Nextgov | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
NASA Weighs Ethics of Astronaut Health Risks on Long Missions Into Deep Space
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NASA Weighs Ethics of Astronaut Health Risks on Long Missions Into Deep Space. U.S.
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With all the talks and articles on pros and cons of furthering space research and travel, largely on the economical costs and lack of technological expertise, the human factor is being forgotten. The already high risks astronauts take will be even higher and the article questions the ethics behind putting human lives in the cost-benefit analysis of riskier deep space flights.

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Anniversary Shows Us that NASA and Space Exploration are Worth Their Costs - University of Texas at Austin News

Anniversary Shows Us that NASA and Space Exploration are Worth Their Costs - University of Texas at Austin News | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
University of Texas at Austin News Anniversary Shows Us that NASA and Space Exploration are Worth Their Costs University of Texas at Austin News Some argue that spending money on space is not a good investment, or that it is a luxury that we cannot...
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The article serves a very good reminder that despite the criticisms of not being able to go beyond orbit/space station thrown at it, like I did in a previous scoop, space exploration has done wonders for us. Due to the technical rigours of space, it has spur technological research and advancement in all areas that has led many of the products we use everyday having some origins in space design.

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NASA Didn't Want To Broadcast Buzz Aldrin's Lunar Communion

NASA Didn't Want To Broadcast Buzz Aldrin's Lunar Communion | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
45 years ago, man landed on the moon.

As Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin prepared to take "one small step for man," Aldrin wanted to commemorate the moment in a way he found most personally meaningful -- by taking communion.
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The article shows how religiosity and mass media can have potentially powerful impact and influence, both positive and negative, with NASA's hesitation and concern with broadcasting Aldrin's lunar communion.

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6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong (by Astronaut Chris Hadfield ...

6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong (by Astronaut Chris Hadfield ... | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
Chris Hadfield, whom you may recognize from all of the videos he uploaded to YouTube about his life aboard the International Space Station, wanted to be an astronaut ever since he watched the moon landing on television at ...
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Another simple and interesting article on small changes astronauts have to adapt or make living in Space, as well as the many small barely noticeable dangers that they also face. Chris Hadfield also noted that unique media content can be unexpected but immensely popular. Chris' clip of cutting nails in space landed him the top 2 most viewed nail cutting clips on Youtube. Demonstrating how mundane media content revisited in a different way can be captivating.

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ESA's experimental space plane gearing up for November debut - NASASpaceflight.com

ESA's experimental space plane gearing up for November debut - NASASpaceflight.com | Space Exploration | Scoop.it
NASASpaceflight.com ESA's experimental space plane gearing up for November debut NASASpaceflight.com The European Space Agency (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is enjoying a stay in Holland ahead of being shipped to Kourou, French...
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The article  shows the technological development and progress made by the European Space Agency (ESA) with their own space craft with re-entry capabilities. Currently only NASA has re-entry shuttle, while the rest of the world relies on single-use space rockets to achieve space flight which is currently highly uneconomical. The news also heralds an opportunity and interest in more frequent space explorations/travel.

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