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News from all over the solar system to people living in the early 21st Century / Chroniques de la conquête du système solaire
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Incredible Technology: How to Mine Water on Mars

Incredible Technology: How to Mine Water on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
The bone-dry desert of present-day Mars may seem like the last place you would look for water, but the Red Planet actually contains a wealth of water locked up in ice.
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In the lunar experiment, Ethridge and William Kaukler of the University of Alabama in Huntsville used a conventional kitchenmicrowave oven to "cook" some simulated regolith, the layer of loose soil and rocks found on the moon's or Mars' surface. The heat vaporized the frozen water, which was then collected and condensed on a chilled plate.

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How Germs Could Help Us Live on Mars

How Germs Could Help Us Live on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
We are closer than ever to knowing just how to turn the inhospitable Red Planet into one that could someday be our second home. Not surprisingly, germs will play a significant role.
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Well. Ok. What if we discover there's already martian germs up there ? Do we annihilate them ?

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NASA Authorization Act pushes for Moon and Mars priority | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA Authorization Act pushes for Moon and Mars priority | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
The House Science space subcommittee's 2013 Authorization Act intends to refocus NASA's exploration path towards prioritizing the goal of landing humans on both
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Yet, NASA warns that focusing on the Moon as well as Mars will harm its Mars exploration program & timetable.

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ISS may become Martian flight simulator

ISS may become Martian flight simulator | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia's Roscosmos space agency has suggested expanding the length of future expeditions to the International Space Station from the current six months to a year and even longer to provide for the next step in space exploration - manned spaceflights beyond low-Earth orbit.
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I'll Put Millions of People on Mars, says Elon Musk

I'll Put Millions of People on Mars, says Elon Musk | Space matters | Scoop.it

"The swashbuckling SpaceX founder says that he can get to Mars on a shoestring within 20 years – thanks to the fully reusable rockets he's determined to build."

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La vie sur Mars ? Non. Dans Mars ? Oui.

La vie sur Mars ? Non. Dans Mars ? Oui. | Space matters | Scoop.it
Des scientifiques australiens estiment que le sous-sol de Mars est suceptible d'abriter une vie microbienne. La pression et la chaleur émise depuis le noyau permettraient aux bactéries et à d'autres micro-organismes de se développer.
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Scary Landing Awaits Mars-Bound Rover : Discovery News

Scary Landing Awaits Mars-Bound Rover : Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it
After 8.5-month cruise to Mars, NASA faces "six minutes of terror" with rover's new landing system.
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Will NASA retreat from Mars after string of successes?

Will NASA retreat from Mars after string of successes? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Curiosity might well be the last thing NASA put down on Mars.

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Un récap en photo de la mission MSL

Un récap en photo de la mission MSL | Space matters | Scoop.it

Petite sélection en image de la mission MSL, son rover, ses instruments en intégration et de très belles vues d'artistes.


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Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars?

What does it take to get a spacecraft to Mars? This 60-second video covers a few key things to remember when planning a trip to the Red Planet.
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Curiosity's mission to Mars - Animated graphics

Curiosity's mission to Mars - Animated graphics | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA's Mars rover, named Curiosity, is expected to land on the planet in August of 2012. Watch the rover's landing sequence and an explanation of its instruments to explore the surface.
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Two Astrium space systems head for Mars aboard the rover ‘Curiosity’

Two Astrium space systems head for Mars aboard the rover ‘Curiosity’ | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA’s new Mars rover, ‘Curiosity’, will be launched on 26 November from Cape Canaveral in Florida on an Atlas V rocket.

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Curiosity's Radiation Results | SpaceNews.com

Curiosity's Radiation Results | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

By Robert Zubrin | Jun. 18, 2013


Last month, the investigators on the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) instrument aboard NASA’s Curiosity rover announced some of their findings. According to the scientists, the RAD measurements indicate that the crew of a human Mars expedition using present-day propulsion technology (six-month transits each way, 18 months on the surface) would receive a round-trip radiation dose of about 0.6 Sievert (Sv), or 60 rem (1 Sv = 100 rem.)

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Opinion: Going to Mars starts with the right attitude

Opinion: Going to Mars starts with the right attitude | Space matters | Scoop.it

When Raye Kass heard of the Mars One proposal to build a human outpost on Mars, her first thought was this: “No way, no how.” For one thing, who would go? Who in their right mind would volunteer for this idea of Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp for a one-way voyage to the Red Planet to establish a permanent human colony there. And yet, ever since a news release was issued in May of last year announcing plans for an emigration to Mars in 2023, more than 78,000 people around the world have submitted applications for crew positions — including 35 Canadians.

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The Mars One Project : from skepticism to being part of the crew selection team...

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Elon Musk Says Ticket to Mars Will Cost $500,000

Elon Musk Says Ticket to Mars Will Cost $500,000 | Space matters | Scoop.it

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a plan for trips to Mars that will eventually cost just $500,000 per seat. Musk founded SpaceX 10 years ago and interplanetary travel has always been one of his goals for the company. Few details were provided about the Martian voyage, but Musk did say we can expect to hear more about the plan in less than a year.

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How We Will Terraform Mars

How We Will Terraform Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

"If we're going to colonize Mars — and some scientists say we must — it's likely that we'll start by terraforming. Terraforming, or planetary engineering, is the process of altering the climate of a planet to be more hospitable to life and human exploration. Of all the bodies in the solar system, Mars is by far the best candidate. Here's how that would work."

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How Tiny Worms Could Help Humans Colonize Mars

How Tiny Worms Could Help Humans Colonize Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Researchers studying C. elegans roundworms on the International Space Station found that they grow and reproduce well for long periods in space. Sending the worms to Mars or on other deep space missions may be the next step.

 

Indeed, they could shed light on some of the challenges humans will have to overcome to become a multiplanetary species. Those challenges include the muscular deterioration and radiation exposure associated with long-duration spaceflight.

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The Space Review: A rationale for human spaceflight

The Space Review: A rationale for human spaceflight | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Expansion of the human economy over this century will be key to the maintenance of a technological civilization. Without the capabilities that only such a civilization affords, the immediate human future could turn unimaginably dark. Human spaceflight is one tool we can use to allow people to see the possibility of a better future, to expand our technological base, to develop additional resources by seeking cooperation and writing new law, and ultimately to see ourselves in a new way.

 

That’s why humans need to fly in space."

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How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space

How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space | Space matters | Scoop.it

By adapting ideas from robotic planetary exploration, the human space program could get astronauts to asteroids and Mars cheaply and quickly.

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NASA & SpaceX to send a "Red Dragon" to search for life on Mars

NASA is working with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to plan a mission that would search for evidence of life buried in the ice of Martian dirt. The NASA science hardware would fly to the Red Planet aboard SpaceX's Dragon capsule, which the company is developing to ferry cargo and astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The "Red Dragon" mission, which could be ready to launch by 2018, would carry a cost of about $500 million or less.

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Mars Rover Curiosity: How The Mars Science Laboratory Will Get From Earth To The Red Planet (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Mars Rover Curiosity: How The Mars Science Laboratory Will Get From Earth To The Red Planet (VIDEO, PHOTOS) | Space matters | Scoop.it

Curiosity, NASA's car-sized rover, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on saturday to begin a nine-month, 354 million-mile journey to the red planet.

 

Here's how it will reach the Red Planet.

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The Case Against SpaceX : big promises but devil in details and delays, delays, delays...

The Case Against SpaceX : big promises but devil in details and delays, delays, delays... | Space matters | Scoop.it

For instance, "Elon Musk's plans to send humans to Mars are simply not realistic" if you pay close attention to the details. A plan that "looks good on a cocktail napkin but the same old hand waving is required to shoo away the issues with those pesky human factors like radiation protection and artificial gravity generation."

 

 

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Video : Measuring Radiation on Mars

Une vidéo expliquant en quoi Curiosity contribue aussi à une future exploration humaine. En effet, si Mars ne possède pas de champ magnétique comme la Terre, certaines zones de la planète pourraient tout de même être protégées contre les radiations, ce qui en ferait des sites d'atterrissage plus sûrs pour de futurs explorateurs.

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The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It)

The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It) | Space matters | Scoop.it

With current technology, nothing larger or heavier than MSL can be put on the surface of Mars. Anything more massive, including a human mission, which NASA estimates would require landing at least 40 to 80 tons of machinery, is completely out of the question. (...) But the situation isn’t hopeless. In the years since Braun and Manning’s article appeared, engineers have been coming up with ideas for the next generation of Martian landers. Here are some of the schemes that may one day bring large payloads — and humans — to the surface of Mars.

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