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.
Currently humanity can control about 20 terawatts and this is increasing at 3% per year. As an unintended by-product there is slow climate change over the course of many decades to centuries. There have been many proposed plans to terraform Mars, but those are to bombard with objects from the asteroid belt or add bioengineered organisms to generate warmth and a thicker atmosphere with oxygen.
"Coloniser Mars en un siècle ? Elon Musk, qui défend ce point de vue dans une interview pour la revue Aeon, pourrait bien passer pour un doux rêveur s’il n’était pas, eh bien s’il n’était pas Elon Musk, l’un des entrepreneurs les plus célèbres de ce siècle commençant."
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"la fascination que nous avons entretenue ces deux dernières décennies pour le numérique pourrait avoir bloqué notre imagination sur la plupart des autres sujets technologiques. "
Could we grow a garden in the soils of Mars and the Moon? A new study digs down deep into the interstellar dirt and says that, yes, the soil up there is capable of supporting plant germination. In fact, it might even be as good as some of the poorer soils here on Earth.
Our solar system is filled with moons, planets, comets, and all manner of objects in space. But amidst all that bustling of activity, there's also quite a few ships and satellites out there exploring -- and this chart lets you keep track of all of them.
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.
"Ask any space enthusiast, and almost anyone will say humankind’s ultimate destination is Mars. But NASA is currently gearing up to go to an asteroid. While the space agency says its Asteroid Initiative will help in the eventual goal of putting people on Mars, what if instead of going to an asteroid, we went to Mars’ moon Phobos?"
The announcement by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works of plans to develop a compact fusion reactor (CFR) has potentially huge implications for future space and aircraft propulsion. Should the current round of experiments prove out the viability of the physics, then the scale, safety, and power of the concept means that CFRs could one day be used to power space craft on deep-space missions to Mars. They might also be small enough to power large transport and freighters of the future, converting thermal energy through heat exchangers to power turbines in place of combustion chambers.
Some of the most recognizable and iconic conceptual spacecraft designs ever proposed are those of Wernher von Braun’s space popularization campaign of the 1950s. This post will look at just one of them in detail: the three-stage ferry rocket for launching crews and cargoes into Earth orbit that appeared in the pages of Collier’s, a…
In 1952, Collier’s magazine sponsored a gathering of the world’s greatest space experts who, in a series of illustrated articles, outlined one of the first comprehensive scenarios ever conceived for the exploration of space.
People like to make lists of things, especially lists of superlatives: the best, fastest, oldest, largest, heaviest and so on. There are lists of the ten fastest animals and the ten longest rivers and even of the ten highest-paid rock stars. The Guinness company created a small industry from publishing lists exactly like these, and the fact that the Guinness Book of World Records has been published for more than fifty years just goes to show how popular they have been. But there's nothing new ab
Before humans start living in space on a regular basis, there's a lot of basic science and political agendas that need to advance. We talked to scientists and experts about the fundamental things they think we should do right now, if we want to have a space colony in the next 100 years.
Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists. In...
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due to a highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, the solar wind is exhibiting extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths, which causes dangerous levels of hazardous radiation to pervade the space environment.
Une société américaine primée par la NASA propose de mettre les occupants des futures missions martiennes dans un état de sommeil léthargique pour diminuer la taille (et le coût) des vaisseaux d'exploration.