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Asteroid mining boom or bubble? | The Space Review

Asteroid mining boom or bubble? | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

If space tourism seemed at least a little like science fiction, then the idea of asteroid mining seems a lot like it. The idea of individuals, corporate conglomerates, and governments sparring with one another as they seek to harvest the material wealth of asteroids offers writers a rich vein, so to speak, of drama that draws parallels to terrestrial mining rushes in history. Many space advocates have also long hyped the potential wealth in asteroids, from precious metals to volatiles, which could reshape the economics of spaceflight and even terrestrial industries. But the idea of lassoing even a small near Earth object (NEO) and extracting materials from it seemed like, well, science fiction, given the current state of space capabilities.


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Copernical - Australian university students aim to generate first 'breathable' air on Mars

Copernical - Australian university students aim to generate first 'breathable' air on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia (XNA) Dec 18, 2014 A Mars One astronaut candidate and a team of Western Australian students aiming to generate the first breathab...
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LiftPort Lunar based Space Elevator concept. - YouTube

Students at Glasgow Caledonian University, School of Engineering and Built Environment, created this animated simulation of the deployment of a lunar space elevator.

 

 

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Mars attaque: Entretien - Où en est-on de l'Europe spatiale ? avec Guilhem Penent

Mars attaque: Entretien - Où en est-on de l'Europe spatiale ? avec Guilhem Penent | Space matters | Scoop.it
Cet entretien avec Guilhem Penent, doctorant en sciences politiques, chercheur associé à l'IFRI, rédacteur du blog De la Terre à la Lune et auteur du récent L’Europe spatiale : le déclin ou le sursaut (Edition Argos), a été réalisé en collaboration avec le blog Ultima Ratio.  Quelques jours après la décision politique du lancement du lanceur Ariane 6 d'ici 2020, il développe quelques unes des grandes problématiques de l'Europe spatiale, civile et militaire, secteur où la France tient encore aujourd'hui l'un des rôles majeurs.
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How 3D Printing Could Aid Space Exploration

How 3D Printing Could Aid Space Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part today (Nov. 21). The milestone moment marks a big step toward a future in which humanity explores far beyond its home planet, some experts say.
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Five places in the solar system we should explore next

Five places in the solar system we should explore next | Space matters | Scoop.it
If we haven’t looked into many of the rooms in our solar system house yet, it’s not due to a lack of imagination.
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All Dressed Up For Mars and Nowhere to Go

All Dressed Up For Mars and Nowhere to Go - Matter - Medium
Mars One claims that 200,000 people have signed up for a one-way mission to the red planet. But is any of it actually re…
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The truth behind the company that wants to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars.

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Ariane 6 : accord sur le pas de tir à Kourou

Ariane 6 : accord sur le pas de tir à Kourou | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le CNES, l'Agence spatiale européenne et Airbus Safran Launchers ont trouvé un accord pour la conception et la réalisation du futur pas de tir d'Ariane 6. Un projet à 600 millions d'euros.
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NASA Needs to Take Us to The Moon. Orion Isn't the Way to Do It.

NASA Needs to Take Us to The Moon. Orion Isn't the Way to Do It. | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.

 

Alone.

 

With international partners, an underfunded project with a rocket-to-nowhere and a space tin-can can become a genuine footprints-on-Mars programme.

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Orion's test was about 4.5 hrs but what we learn could change history forever

Orion's test was about 4.5 hrs but what we learn could change history forever | Space matters | Scoop.it
Exploration Flight Test-1 Lays Foundation for Future NASA Deep Space Missions
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Scientists find way to make rocket fuel out of human waste for NASA

Scientists find way to make rocket fuel out of human waste for NASA | Space matters | Scoop.it
One of the more vexing problems facing future space explorers is how to make or recycle things that they need to survive and operate on deep space missions.
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Welcoming the Era of In-Space Manufacturing

Welcoming the Era of In-Space Manufacturing | Space matters | Scoop.it

"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."


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How modern football has made the fox in the box an endangered species | Amy Lawrence

How modern football has made the fox in the box an endangered species | Amy Lawrence | Space matters | Scoop.it
Amy Lawrence: Forwards like Lukas Podolski and Roberto Soldado are being lost as teams now favour different qualities in their frontmen
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Airbus embarque sur Orion (Nasa)

Airbus embarque sur Orion (Nasa) | Space matters | Scoop.it

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.

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Meet the Twins Unlocking the Secrets of Space

Meet the Twins Unlocking the Secrets of Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Kelly brothers—one in orbit and one on earth—will help us learn how humans are changed by life in space
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Everything old is new again | The Space Review

Everything old is new again | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

The flight of Orion looked, to some, like a throwback to the capsules of the 1960s. Andre Bormanis says that the rationales for human space exploration, by contrast, can’t look back to the past but instead embrace the capabilities of today and tomorrow.


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Andre Bormanis applauds the achievements of the team that sent Orion into space last Friday. It thrilled him to see a vehicle capable of taking humans beyond LEO for the first time in over forty years pass its first real test so spectacularly. And certainly it’s a promising step in the direction of getting astronauts to the vicinity of Mars and back home. But if the Orion capsule is ever going to be put to its intended use, the President, Congress, and NASA needs to seriously re-think the role of humans in space, taking into account the ever-advancing capabilities in robotics and telepresence that will be available in the 2030s, probably the earliest timeframe in which a human mission to Mars might be undertaken. A program based on fifty-year-old mission plans and romantic nostalgia has little if any chance of being realized. The strategies of the past will not help us achieve the goals of the future.

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How will astronauts control the Orion spaceship? (+video)

How will astronauts control the Orion spaceship? (+video) | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA’s Orion spacecraft – set for a test flight on Thursday – is to include a touchscreen-enabled 'glass cockpit' that will save on fuel.
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Tourisme spatial, l'incroyable projet français

Tourisme spatial, l'incroyable projet français | Space matters | Scoop.it
L'institut européen du tourisme spatial et une agence de voyages spécialisée représentant de Virgin Galactic veulent créer un parc d'attractions qui proposerait notamment des vols suborbitaux, des vols en ballon stratosphérique, des vols en apesanteur...
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Mars, Like Earth, Has Macroweather - SpaceRef

Mars, Like Earth, Has Macroweather - SpaceRef | Space matters | Scoop.it

A new study by researchers at McGill University and UCL finds that a "macroweather" pattern applies to atmospheric conditions on Mars. The results, published in Geophysical Research Letters, also show that the Sun plays a major role in determining macroweather.

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We're going to have a very hard time predicting the weather on Mars beyond two days given what we have found in weather records there, which could prove tricky for the European lander and rover

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ESA Announces Plans to Send Their Own POP3D 3D Printer to the International Space Station

ESA Announces Plans to Send Their Own POP3D 3D Printer to the International Space Station | Space matters | Scoop.it
As mentioned in an article published earlier in the day about a mobile 3D printer created by three South African students, which they hope will one day be able
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Le rayonnement galactique, un danger pour les astronautes au long cours

Le rayonnement galactique, un danger pour les astronautes au long cours | Space matters | Scoop.it

"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."

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Orion Launch: Why the World Needs More Than One Mars Effort

Orion Launch: Why the World Needs More Than One Mars Effort | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.
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NASA’s Parallel Path to Human Space Exploration | YouTube

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.


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Orion’s crewed asteroid mission unlikely to occur prior to 2024 | NASASpaceFlight.com

Orion’s crewed asteroid mission unlikely to occur prior to 2024 | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

  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.


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Nancy Kay Novak's curator insight, November 29, 9:04 AM

Hopefully it wont take that long to send a manned mission to the ISS

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The First 3-D Printer in Space Makes Its First Object: A Spare Part

The First 3-D Printer in Space Makes Its First Object: A Spare Part | Space matters | Scoop.it

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.


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Houston we have a..uh no yea wait, we're good! We just printed new re-enty shield. We should be ok.. 

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, November 30, 11:32 PM

Interesting article from www.nbcnews.com on the first use of a 3D printer in space--this time on the International Space Station.  This invention will change the way machines are made and maintained.  Imagine making a replacement part for you car's engine or fixing a water heater with a part you made at home.  The possibilities are endless.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pad 39A – SpaceX laying the groundwork for Falcon Heavy debut | NASASpaceFlight.com

Pad 39A – SpaceX laying the groundwork for Falcon Heavy debut | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

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.


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