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Golden Spike workshop to explore lunar landing site options | NASASpaceFlight.com

Golden Spike workshop to explore lunar landing site options | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Golden Spike company are to host an international scientific workshop in October, aimed at evaluating the details of their commercial lunar expeditions.
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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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Fly Me to the Minimoon: Tiny Asteroids Near Earth Touted for Human Exploration

Fly Me to the Minimoon: Tiny Asteroids Near Earth Touted for Human Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
Tiny space rocks called "minimoons" already cruise near Earth and would make interesting targets for manned exploration, advocates say.
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The Space Review: Commercial crew, Crimea, and Congress

The Space Review: Commercial crew, Crimea, and Congress | Space matters | Scoop.it

Congress’s decision on funding for commercial crew will be largely decoupled from the current state of US-Russian relations, despite the best efforts of NASA to play up the program as an alternative to reliance on Russia’s Soyuz. Given the congressional track record of funding past budget requests for the program, NASA shouldn’t count on getting the $848 million it requested for the program, which will, in turn, have implications for how many of the three companies currently in the program will proceed to the next phase.

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"Dans 50 ans, nous vivrons sur la Lune" prédit Stephen Hawking

"Dans 50 ans, nous vivrons sur la Lune" prédit Stephen Hawking | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le célèbre astrophysicien britannique prédit des installations humaines sur la Lune d'ici les 50 prochaines années. Une question de survie, estime le grand scientifique.
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The growing importance of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program | NASASpaceFlight.com

The growing importance of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
Birthed toward the end of the Space Shuttle program as a way for NASA astronauts to reach the International Space Station, the NASA's Commercial Crew Program
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NASA to Study Renewable Fuels in Space

NASA to Study Renewable Fuels in Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Renewable Fuels are getting one stop closer to heading out to space. NASA has signed agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set to begin May 7, 2014 and will be flown from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.
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Incredible Technology: Inflatable Aircraft Could Cruise Venus Skies

Incredible Technology: Inflatable Aircraft Could Cruise Venus Skies | Space matters | Scoop.it
For the past year, engineers have been working on a concept vehicle called the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform, which could stay aloft for long periods, collecting a variety of data about Venus and its atmosphere.
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Inflatables in Space - A Timeline - SpaceSky

Inflatables in Space - A Timeline - SpaceSky | Space matters | Scoop.it
Inflatable space structures can be traced back to the earliest days of NASA.  The simplest way to visualize these expandable objects is to think of a packed tent that pops open once in space.  Inflatables take up far less space on rockets than solid, prefabricated structures, yet they are vulnerable to small meteors and space …
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Meet the Billionaire Who Wants to Harvest the Moon | NBC News

Meet the Billionaire Who Wants to Harvest the Moon | NBC News | Space matters | Scoop.it
This serial entrepreneur—he founded Internet companies Infospace and Intelius—believes that the moon holds precious metals and rare minerals that can be brought back to help address Earth's energy, health and resource challenges. Among the moon's vast riches: gold, cobalt, iron, palladium, platinum, tungsten and helium-3, a gas that can be used in future fusion reactors to provide nuclear power without radioactive waste.
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SpaceX Says Requirements, Not Markup, Make Government Missions More Costly | SpaceNews.com

SpaceX Says Requirements, Not Markup, Make Government Missions More Costly | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

PARIS — Space Exploration Technologies Corp. President Gwynne Shotwell said the company’s Falcon 9 launch prices have nudged up to an average of about $60 million for standard commercial launches but that NASA and U.S. Air Force missions will add between $10 million and $30 million per launch.

 

A launch of the Dragon space station cargo capsule aboard a Falcon 9, she said, about doubles the price of the SpaceX mission.


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Mars One To Build Simulated Colony For One-Way Astronauts

Mars One To Build Simulated Colony For One-Way Astronauts | Space matters | Scoop.it
People selected to live on the Red Planet will train inside an earthbound outpost. If they don't go crazy, they just might make the real trip.
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‘Mars in a Bottle’ Simulates the Red Planet’s Dangerous Dust | Science | WIRED

‘Mars in a Bottle’ Simulates the Red Planet’s Dangerous Dust | Science | WIRED | Space matters | Scoop.it
The most dangerous thing on Mars today isn't a 1-ton laser-wielding robot: It's dust. Researchers have now built a vacuum chamber that can help test how future probes and, one day, human explorers might fare against the mighty Martian dust.
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Rocket reusability: a driver of economic growth - The Space Review

Rocket reusability: a driver of economic growth - The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Space Review Rocket reusability: a driver of economic growth The Space Review SpaceX is scheduled to launch another resupply mission to the International Space Station on March 16th, but this particular flight could be of truly historic...

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Rick Boozer provides commentary on the advantages of reusable rockets, bot economic and safety. This month SpaceX will try a soft landing of the Falcon 9 first stage on the Atlantic Ocean. They don't intend to reuse that particular core, but merely makeing the attempt will tell them a lot.

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Lunar ownership laws: a future necessity?

Lunar ownership laws: a future necessity? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Feb 20, 2014 - Private settlements and raw materials extraction enterprises could appear on the Moon in the future, thus leading to territorial disputes between their owners. In order to avoid that one must now register the property rights to the land plots on the Moon and other space objects and set up special preservation zones, US entrepreneur Robert Bigelow believes.

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Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Germany calls for redesign of next-generation Ariane

Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Germany calls for redesign of next-generation Ariane | Space matters | Scoop.it

Less than a year after selecting the design of Europe's future Ariane 6 launcher, government ministers will meet in Geneva on Friday to iron out lingering questions over the rocket after Germany's top space official last week called for the current form of the Ariane 6 to be ditched in favor of another configuration.

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Mars One To Build Simulated Colony For One-Way Astronauts

Mars One To Build Simulated Colony For One-Way Astronauts | Space matters | Scoop.it
People selected to live on the Red Planet will train inside an earthbound outpost. If they don't go crazy, they just might make the real trip.
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That Time Google Tried To Design A Space Elevator

That Time Google Tried To Design A Space Elevator | Space matters | Scoop.it
It may be a while before space elevators become a reality, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start trying. Recently, the head of Google X's Rapid Evaluation team confirmed that its secretive R&D lab actually tried to design one — but fell short on account of one major technological hurdle.
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How Mountains In Our Solar System Compare [Infographic]

How Mountains In Our Solar System Compare [Infographic] | Space matters | Scoop.it
Good luck scaling Olympus Mons on Mars
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Is It Time for the U.S. to Partner With China in Space?

Is It Time for the U.S. to Partner With China in Space? | Space matters | Scoop.it
“ Space experts told Congress on Wednesday that one of America's biggest rivals could also be its next best ally in the cosmos.”
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It's Time to Extend Routine Space Operations to the Moon (Op-Ed)

It's Time to Extend Routine Space Operations to the Moon (Op-Ed) | Space matters | Scoop.it
The technology to make lunar missions routine is on the horizon, says Astrobotic CEO John Thornton. (It's time to go back to the moon #newspace.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, March 29, 11:33 AM

The CEO of Astrobotic reveals much about his company's plans to win the $20 million Lunar X Prize and then proceed from there to a viable business providing transport to the Moon to commercial, government, and academic customers.

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A listing of worldwide spaceports and achieved satellite launches

A listing of worldwide spaceports and achieved satellite launches | Space matters | Scoop.it
In interesting map of worldwide spaceports...
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L'IXV, la mininavette européenne, prépare son prochain vol

L'IXV, la mininavette européenne, prépare son prochain vol | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le retour d’orbite a de beaux jours devant lui. Les missions humaines et de retour d’échantillons martiens, mais également d’astéroïdes ou de lunes d’autres planètes, vont se densifier. Absente...
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Will Ocean Discovery On Enceladus Spur Life-Hunting Missions to Icy Moons of Saturn, Jupiter?

Will Ocean Discovery On Enceladus Spur Life-Hunting Missions to Icy Moons of Saturn, Jupiter? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Saturn's moon Enceladus and the Jupiter satellite Europa both harbor subsurface seas and should be studied much more closer in the future, researchers say.
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Lockheed Martin aims to carry NASA astronauts in new mini-shuttle

Lockheed Martin aims to carry NASA astronauts in new mini-shuttle | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

Work is underway on a spacecraft that will carry astronauts and cargo to the space station in the coming years. It's called the Dream Chaser and executives showed off work being done at the Michoud Assembly Facility on Tuesday.

 


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Moon shots: the far-out space suits of past, present, and future

Moon shots: the far-out space suits of past, present, and future | Space matters | Scoop.it
Space suits have come a long way since they were first used to protect pilots venturing just outside the earth, but they still have quite a ways to go. For decades now, the American and Russian...
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La surface de Mars simulée au nord de Londres

La surface de Mars simulée au nord de Londres | Space matters | Scoop.it
VIDÉO - La division Espace d'Airbus a dévoilé en Angleterre le nouveau terrain de jeu du futur rover martien de l'Agence spatiale européenne : un grand bac à sable de 400 m2.
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GiroMaxi's comment, April 2, 5:03 AM
Let's go to Mars: