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THIS Could Send Astronauts To Other Planets

THIS Could Send Astronauts To Other Planets | Space matters | Scoop.it

A new online petition seeks to send people into space sooner, using a Kennedy-era technology that never had the chance to take flight. At We the People, a website that lets users submit petitions to the Obama Administration, one petition urges officials to "harness the full intellectual and industrial strength of our universities, national laboratories and private enterprise to rapidly develop and deploy a nuclear thermal rocket."

 

 

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Un entrepreneur à l’assaut de la planète Mars « InternetActu.net

Un entrepreneur à l’assaut de la planète Mars « InternetActu.net | Space matters | Scoop.it

"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. "

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The Time I Got To Try On An Actual Space Suit

The Time I Got To Try On An Actual Space Suit | Space matters | Scoop.it
Also the time I realized I need to work out more.
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Wearing a space suit is cool... when you're in space.

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New Evidence That We Could Grow Vegetables On Mars And The Moon

New Evidence That We Could Grow Vegetables On Mars And The Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.
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The First Space Vessel Designed Entirely for Tourists

The First Space Vessel Designed Entirely for Tourists | Space matters | Scoop.it
Right now, space tourism is just for the ultra-rich. But this experimental design for a cargo plane full of spaceships could make visits to low-Earth orbit part of everyday life.
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A Chart Of Every Mission Traveling In Our Solar System Right Now

A Chart Of Every Mission Traveling In Our Solar System Right Now | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.
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Voyage vers mars: vaudrait-il mieux envoyer des femmes?

Voyage vers mars: vaudrait-il mieux envoyer des femmes? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pour la journaliste scientifique et écrivaine californienneKate Green, les femmes feraient de meilleures candidates pour un voyage vers laplanète Mars.
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Protest halts Nasa spaceflight plans

Protest halts Nasa spaceflight plans | Space matters | Scoop.it

Nasa's plans to work on two new commercial spacecraft face a delay following a formal protest about the contract award process.

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DARPA, Industry Study How To Commercialize Experimental Spaceplane | SpaceNews.com

DARPA, Industry Study How To Commercialize Experimental Spaceplane | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — As technical work ramps up on an experimental military spaceplane program, government and industry are studying how to eventually commercialize the vehicle, an effort that includes chartering a study by a space advocacy organization.

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Peut-on cultiver des plantes sur Mars et sur la Lune ?

Peut-on cultiver des plantes sur Mars et sur la Lune ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Il est des moments jubilatoires dans la science, quand les chercheurs rattrapent la science-fiction et tentent de voir si elle peut s'accorder avec la réalité. C'est un peu ce qui se passe dans une étude néerlandaise publiée le 27 août par PLoS ONE. Dans son cas, la science-fiction, ce sont ces récits qui mettent en scène la colonisation de la Lune et de Mars. Et pour ce qui est de la science, les premières phrases du résumé de l'article annoncent clairement la couleur : "Quand les humains s'installeront sur la Lune ou sur Mars, il faudra qu'ils y mangent. La nourriture pourrait y être envoyée. Une autre solution consisterait à cultiver des plantes sur place, de préférence sur les sols de là-bas." Après tout, le colon doit savoir gagner son indépendance, au moins alimentaire, non ? Ces chercheurs néerlandais ont donc voulu déterminer si l'on pourrait faire pousser quelque chose sur la Planète rouge et sur notre satellite. Pour ce faire, ils ont entrepris la première culture à grande échelle de végétaux sur des reconstitutions de sols martien et lunaire.
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NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option for Mars Mission

NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option for Mars Mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
A NASA-backed study explores an innovative way to dramatically cut the cost of a human expedition to Mars -- put the crew in stasis.

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"Torpor" is the new "cryosleep". 

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NASA investigates cooling down Mars astronauts in the way Stanley Kubrick did in 1968's movie, 2001 a Space Odyssey.

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La Chine réagit à l'arrivée de l'Inde autour de Mars

La Chine réagit à l'arrivée de l'Inde autour de Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
L’Inde est devenue le premier pays d’Asie à atteindre la planète Mars. Un exploit d’autant plus remarquable que les agences spatiales japonaise et chinoise sont financièrement mieux loties et...
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ESA spaceplane on its way

ESA spaceplane on its way | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is ready to fly and left the Netherlands today for the launch site in French Guiana.

The spaceplane will reach an altitude of around 420 km before starting its descent. Using its sleek aerodynamic shape, thrusters and two tail flaps, it will return through the atmosphere as if from a low orbit.

The measurements collected by IXV during its hypersonic and supersonic flight to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean will be invaluable for designing future reentry vehicles.


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Wernher von Braun's Fantastic Vision: Ferry Rocket | WIRED

Wernher von Braun's Fantastic Vision: Ferry Rocket | WIRED | Space matters | Scoop.it
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…
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The Great 1952 Space Program That Almost Was

The Great 1952 Space Program That Almost Was | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.
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The Seven Wonders of the Solar System

The Seven Wonders of the Solar System | Space matters | Scoop.it
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
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8 Things We Can Do Now to Build a Space Colony This Century

8 Things We Can Do Now to Build a Space Colony This Century | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.
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Solar Winds Could Stymie Manned Space-Age Missions

Solar Winds Could Stymie Manned Space-Age Missions | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.

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Les astronautes iront-ils sur Mars en dormant ?

Les astronautes iront-ils sur Mars en dormant ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
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.
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Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts

Futuristic Skintight Spacesuits May Shrink-Wrap Astronauts | Space matters | Scoop.it
The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking. Instead of the bulky spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT researchers want to "shrink-wrap" the spaceflyers of tomorrow.
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The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon

The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon | Space matters | Scoop.it
Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future
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NASA’s In-space 3D Printer Launches Tomorrow – The Unheard of Inside Scoop & Ultimate Goal of 3D Printing on Mars

NASA’s In-space 3D Printer Launches Tomorrow – The Unheard of Inside Scoop & Ultimate Goal of 3D Printing on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA's Niki Werkheiser's prediction for 3D Printing in space within 10 Years: "On Mars building everything from hand tools to radiation shielding habitats –
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NASA Says They Will 3D Print Martian Bases in Under 10 Years

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Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer

Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

"Soon" is the watchword. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides says his passenger rocket plane should get into sub-orbital space within the next few months. Finally.

It's been a long road for the project, but you get the sense now that the light really could be starting to grow at the end of the tunnel.

Whitesides, who's always preferred to talk about "milestones" rather than "schedules", mentions the end of the year for a possible first powered flight to space.

A series of "proficiency" outings would then follow before Virgin Group boss Richard Branson inaugurates a service for which 700 people have so far paid substantial deposits.


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Find out what layer of the atmosphere the Galactic will go to!

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Aller simple pour Mars : les pionniers mourront au bout de 68 jours

Aller simple pour Mars : les pionniers mourront au bout de 68 jours | Space matters | Scoop.it
Une étude menée par le prestigieux MIT montre que les pionniers prêts à effectuer le voyage pour Mars que propose la société néerlandaise Mars One mourront rapidement par asphyxie.
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Defiant Sir Richard Branson insists he will be in space 'by spring' after rocket delays | Telegraph

Defiant Sir Richard Branson insists he will be in space 'by spring' after rocket delays | Telegraph | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

Sir Richard Branson has rejected claims by critics after the latest delay in lift-off that his Virgin Galactic commercial spaceship business will never make it off the ground.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the entrepreneur was in typically ebullient mood as he insisted that he would be aboard the first passenger flight of his new “spaceline” by next spring.

“I know the first question everyone has,” he said as he sat inside dome of the planetarium of the National History Museum in Manhattan. “They want to ask, ‘Richard, when the **** are you going into space?’” But this celestial-inspired location was not as close as he would make it to the stars, he promised, despite major hold-ups in the rocket development for the spaceship.


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