Like a lot of people, I watched the Orion mission last Friday. I missed the launch (time zones reared their sleepy head), unfortunately. But I did see most of the mission—the capsule completing its first orbit, getting boosted to its second, much higher orbit, then falling back to Earth for...
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Phil is right: NASA can't do this.
With international partners, an underfunded project with a rocket-to-nowhere and a space tin-can can become a genuine footprints-on-Mars programme.
"Human spaceflight reached an important milestone this week. An additive manufacturing device, or 3D printer, was turned on, and initiated the first official 3D print on the International Space Station (ISS).
"The print took slightly more than an hour, and once it finished, the world changed. At the Made In Space Operations Center in Moffett Field, California, the rest of the team and I had the ability to command the printer and see inside it as the machine received and executed our commands. For the first time, humans demonstrated the ability to manufacture while in space. At this moment, if the space station absolutely needs a part that the 3D printer can build, I can start producing the part onboard the ISS within minutes — from my chair in California."
Le contrat de 390 millions d’euros a été signé aujourd’hui à Berlin: Airbus va fabriquer le module de service de la capsule spatiale Orion de la Nasa. Une capsule d’abord destinée à desservir la station spatiale orbitale internationale, avec quatre astronautes au moins, mais qui pourrait également servir à pour voyages plus lointains.
Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration…
Il n'y a pas que la Nasa dans la vie! Depuis des dizaines d'années, en Europe, l'ESA travaille aussi à lever les mystères de l'espace. Le succès de la mission Rosetta n'est qu'un exemple parmi d'autres.
"Alors que de précédentes études montraient que les radiations n’étaient pas un frein pour les voyages spatiaux, une équipe de scientifiques démontre le contraire, en s’intéressant aux évolutions futures de la densité du champ magnétique solaire."
Although ESA maintains its own astronaut corps, it has never developed an independent access for its astronauts to space. Plans to develop the ATV into a manned spacecraft were put on hold because of the high costs involved.
By partnering with NASA in the development of the Orion spacecraft, Europe may nevertheless be able to barter seats for its astronauts on future Orion expeditions.
America’s human space exploration goals for the 21st Century include destinations both in low-Earth orbit to the International Space Station and deep space missions to an asteroid and even to Mars. Different exploration destinations require different systems. NASA’s Journey to Mars will take a critical step forward with the first test launch of the Orion spacecraft, which the agency will own and operate. Meanwhile, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is spearheading the development of two commercially owned and operated space transportation systems that will give astronauts safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station, where cutting edge research and technology developments are increasing our knowledge about what it takes to live and work for long periods of time in space. These new American spacecraft also will allow us to add a seventh crew member to the space station and double the amount of time the crew has to conduct research aboard the unique microgravity laboratory.
The proposed mission to send two astronauts to a captured asteroid near the Moon won’t occur until the middle of the next decade, according to an overview provided to NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP). Designated as Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2), it is likely alternative missions will be tasked to Orion and her Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, prior to the flagship mission to the asteroid.
After a series of calibration tests, the first 3-D printer to fly to outer space has manufactured its first potentially useful object on the International Space Station: a replacement faceplate for its print head casing.
"An astronaut might be installing it on the printer," said Aaron Kemmer, the chief executive officer of Made In Space, which built the 3-D printer for NASA's use.
The 9.5-inch-wide contraption was delivered to the space station by a robotic SpaceX Dragon cargo ship in September, and NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore set it up inside the station's experimental glovebox a week ago.
SpaceX has confirmed it is now into the construction phase of converting Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A for its Falcon Heavy debut, with a large amount of work now taking place to build a new vehicle hanger at the complex. The former Apollo and Space Shuttle pad is being re-purposed to host the maiden flight of SpaceX’s new rocket, set to launch as early as next summer.
Jules Verne, Arthur C. Clarke et Ray Bradbury ont sensibilisé le grand public aux enjeux de la conquête de l’espace, en le faisant rêver. Pour certains jeunes lecteurs, le rêve est devenu passion, et ils ont choisi de participer à cette exploration en devenant ingénieurs ou scientifiques. En collaborant à la création du court métrage Ambition, l’Agence spatiale européenne (Esa) a sans doute repris la démarche de lanceur de vocation. On peut aussi y voir un petit peu plus que cela
Professor Richard Binzel published a commentary in the journal Nature on Wednesday that called for two things. He proposed that NASA cancel the Asteroid Redirect Mission currently planned for the early 2020s. Instead, he would like the asteroid survey mandated by the George E. Brown, Jr. Near-Earth Object Survey Act of 2005, part of the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, funded at $200 million a year.
Seriously, stop whatever you’re doing and WATCH THIS VIDEO. And yes, you very much want to make it full screen: Holy. WOW. This is one of the most wondrous and moving paeans to space exploration I have ever seen. The words of Sagan are magnificent, of course. And the effects...
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One of the best videos I've ever seen on the exploration of the Solar System
'Doubtless scientists will continue to research ways to make fast crossings to the stars, and we can hope they succeed. At the same time, an expansion into the rest of the Solar System, one that could take centuries and still not exhaust available resources, would help us master not just better propulsion technologies but the critical issues of life support in closed systems. Large habitats on the model of O’Neill cylinders are not at all out of the question as populations begin to grow off the Earth, and the availability of resources — from Kuiper Belt objects, comets in the inner and outer Oort Cloud, ‘rogue’ planets moving in the interstellar deep — may well keep the wave of expansion in play.'
Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That's what it would do.”
This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. (That's gravity for you; relativity is superweird.) In theory it was once a star, but instead of fading or exploding, it collapsed like a failed soufflé into a tiny point of inescapable singularity. A glowing ring orbiting the
Brigitte Zypries said Germany and France now agree to back Ariane 6 and to scrap the Ariane 5 ME rocket that European governments have been developing for several years. Credit: Photo by Studio Kohlmeier
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By Peter B. de Selding | Nov. 17, 2014 Brigitte Zypries said Germany and France now agree to back Ariane 6 and to scrap the Ariane 5 ME rocket that European governments have been developing for several years. Credit: Photo by Studio Kohlmeier
PARIS — The German government has agreed to drop its demand that Europe develop a long-planned upgrade of today’s Ariane 5 rocket and instead proceed with a new-generation Ariane 6 that borrows heavily on Ariane 5 technology, Germany’s space minister said.