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NASA plans to send humans to an asteroid by 2021

NASA plans to send humans to an asteroid by 2021 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Although NASA hasn't made any official announcements, Senator Bill Nelson and an anonymous White House official have both made public America's plans for its next phase of human space exploration.
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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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SpaceX's Elon Musk wants to send humans to start colonizing Mars by 2025

SpaceX's Elon Musk wants to send humans to start colonizing Mars by 2025 | Space matters | Scoop.it
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he will announce plans for a Mars-bound spacecraft later this year, with goals of sending humans to the Red Planet by 2025.
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The Space Review: NASA’s Journey to Mars and ESA’s Moon Village enable each other

The Space Review: NASA’s Journey to Mars and ESA’s Moon Village enable each other | Space matters | Scoop.it
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Destination: Moon

 

Published on Jan 19, 2015

This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA’s vision of what Lunar exploration could be.


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3-D printer makes hardware out of real asteroid metal

3-D printer makes hardware out of real asteroid metal | Space matters | Scoop.it

A palm-sized prototype spacecraft is the first geometric object to be 3-D printed from asteroid metal, Redmond-based Planetary Resources says.


The shiny object is being shown off at the International CES show in Las Vegas to boost Planetary Resources’ vision of mining precious materlals from near-Earth asteroids. The feat also gives a boost to 3D Systems’ direct metal printer.

“It’s really an eye-opener for people,” Planetary Resources’ president and CEO, Chris Lewicki, told GeekWire.


How was it done? First, find an asteroid. You don’t need to leave Earth to do that. Planetary Resources took advantage of the metal from a meteorite that was found at the Campo del Cielo impact site in Argentina. The ingredients include iron, nickel and cobalt – the same stuff found in refinery-grade steel.


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I wonder what the largest object is that has been printed using this technology.

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Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work | SpaceNews.com

Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — An omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this month directs NASA to accelerate work on a habitation module that could be used for future deep space missions, although how NASA will implement that direction is unclear.

The report accompanying the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill instructs NASA to spend at least $55 million on a “habitation augmentation module” to support the agency’s exploration efforts. The money would come from the Advanced Exploration Systems program, part of the Exploration Research and Development line item in the budget that received $350 million in the bill.

“NASA shall develop a prototype deep space habitation module within the advanced exploration systems program no later than 2018,” the report states. It also requires NASA to provide Congress with a report within 180 days of the bill’s enactment on the status of the program and how it has spent the funds provided.


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Mars: Une maison spatiale préfabriquée présentée à Strasbourg

Mars: Une maison spatiale préfabriquée présentée à Strasbourg | Space matters | Scoop.it
Cette grosse capsule dépliable ne contient que le minimum : deux lits, des toilettes et un système de recyclage de l’air et de l’eau. Elle s’appelle SHEE (pour « Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments », c’est-à-dire « habitat autodéployable pour...
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U.S. opens door to space mining, but it could lead to international law violations

U.S. opens door to space mining, but it could lead to international law violations | Space matters | Scoop.it
U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation on Wednesday providing a framework for space companies to mine ore from asteroids and other bodies, but legal critics are worried the measure could lead to violations of international law.
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Will We Stop at Mars?

Will We Stop at Mars? | Space matters | Scoop.it
In the heady days of Apollo, Mars by 2000 looked entirely feasible. Now we’re talking about the 2030s for manned exploration, and even that target seems to keep receding. In the review that follows, Michael Michaud looks at Louis Friedman’s
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La Chine veut explorer la face jamais explorée de la Lune

La Chine veut explorer la face jamais explorée de la Lune | Space matters | Scoop.it
La conquête de l’espace, coordonnée par l’état-major militaire est perçue en Chine comme un symbole de la nouvelle puissance du pays sous l’égide du Parti communiste.
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FAA's Nield Endorses Woerner's Moon Village, But With Commercial Partners Too

 

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) commercial space office, George Nield, endorsed the Moon village concept espoused by European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Johann-Dietrich Woerner, but called for inclusion of the commercial sector, not only governments, in building and operating it.

Nield spoke at the October 21 meeting of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), which advises his office. Noting that he had just returned from the International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, Nield quickly summarized a panel discussion among the heads of a number of space agencies represented there. Woerner was one of them. He became ESA DG on July 1 after serving as the head of Germany's space agency, DLR.


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The Space Review: The helium-3 incantation

The Space Review: The helium-3 incantation | Space matters | Scoop.it

An excellent article on the He3 fantasy. It is a "potential" based on a non-existent technology based on a potential resource which we have very little data on.

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The Space Review: Mars and the transport revolution

The Space Review: Mars and the transport revolution | Space matters | Scoop.it

These and related technologies, once developed, will enable us to get out into space, cheaply and quickly, thus unlocking a universe of potential resource development previously seen as all too hard. They will allow us to also settle on other planets and build cities in space that become new transport hubs for a fast moving and vast new space economy.

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Les monopôles magnétiques, clés des futurs voyages spatiaux ?

Les monopôles magnétiques, clés des futurs voyages spatiaux ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Écrites sous une forme bien adaptée à l’espace-temps de la relativité restreinte, les quatre équations de Maxwell-Lorentz gouvernant le champ électromagnétique généré par des courants de charges...
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le calcul reliant la vitesse d’éjection d’une tuyère de fusée à la quantité de carburant nécessaire pour atteindre une vitesse donnée montre qu’un moteur à photons pourrait permettre d’atteindre environ 10 % de la vitesse de la lumièreavec 90 % de charge utile. En clair, il deviendrait possible de construire des vaisseaux interplanétaires dont les performances égaleraient ceux de la science-fiction. L’accès aux étoiles, à une bonne dizaine d’années-lumière du Soleilne devrait pas alors poser de graves problèmes.

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We're Entering a Golden Age of Space Tourism Propaganda [Updated]

We're Entering a Golden Age of Space Tourism Propaganda [Updated] | Space matters | Scoop.it
Whether they’re selling tickets to orbit or making sure the science funding keeps flowing, rocket companies and space agencies alike have a vested interest in getting the public jazzed about the cosmic beyond. So it’s no surprise that we’re now entering a golden age of space tourism propaganda—one that’s bringing back the beloved, classic design elements of long-past atomic age propaganda.
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...and we should be happy for it !

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Chris Hadfield: ISS commander on colonising the Moon (Wired UK)

Chris Hadfield: ISS commander on colonising the Moon (Wired UK) | Space matters | Scoop.it
Chris Hadfield spent 166 days in space and spacewalked for almost 15 hours -- but he's eager for humans to venture further
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Space Habitats Beyond LEO: A Short Step Towards the Stars

Space Habitats Beyond LEO: A Short Step Towards the Stars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Building a space infrastructure is doubtless a prerequisite for interstellar flight. But the questions we need to answer in the near-term are vital. Even to get to Mars, we subject our astronauts to radiation and prolonged weightlessness. For that matter,
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Lune et colonisation de Mars : la Russie abandonne certains projets

Lune et colonisation de Mars : la Russie abandonne certains projets | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le secteur spatial russe est en pleine mutation. En réorganisant tout son secteur spatial, la Russie veut en finir avec ses échecs à répétition qui brouillent son image auprès de ses partenaires...
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Speculation mounts over Elon Musk's Mars plan

Speculation mounts over Elon Musk's Mars plan | Space matters | Scoop.it

In the wake of SpaceX’s successful rocket landing, some of the company’s most ardent fans are guessing at the shape of the biggest thing to come: the Mars Colonial Transporter.

The MCT is a crucial piece in SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s grand plan to send tens of thousands of colonists to the Red Planet, potentially starting in the next decade or two. Such a venture would mark a giant leap toward establishing a second cosmic home for humanity. Musk believes that’s a must if we’re to guard against extinction due to pandemics, asteroid strikes or other planet-wide catastrophes.


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Quietly, NASA is reconsidering the moon as a destination

Quietly, NASA is reconsidering the moon as a destination | Space matters | Scoop.it
Despite a declaration from President Barack Obama that the moon is not a planned destination for American astronauts, senior NASA engineers have quietly begun reconsidering it as a staging point for an eventual mission to Mars. [...] Gerstenmaier believes large amounts of ice at the lunar poles may provide an important reservoir of oxygen and hydrogen fuel to propel rockets and spaceships across the 40 million miles of space to Mars. NASA officials have begun talking about an "Evolvable Mars Campaign," which recognizes the technical and financial challenges of reaching Mars, and the likelihood that the United States would not support an all-out, Apollo-like plan. [...] the moon-then-Mars pathway would also find support in Congress, which has been reluctant to support NASA's asteroid-then-Mars pathway. Benefits to Houston center [...] much of NASA's renewed assessment of the moon has flown under the radar, but engineers familiar with the agency's work say the lunar option is being kept open for when it's more politically acceptable. Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said the moon offers NASA the best opportunity to maintain a robust exploration program after the International Space Station, while also easing the formidable task of sending humans to Mars.
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European space boss has 'crazy' Moon Village plan

European space boss has 'crazy' Moon Village plan | Space matters | Scoop.it
From Yahoo News: The European Space Agency's new boss elaborated Friday on his vision for a multinational research village on the Moon -- a leading contender for a project to succeed the International Space Station. For now, it is just an idea -- called "crazy" by some -- but one that Jan Woerner said was being widely discussed as the end of the ISS looms large. The broad concept is a base for lunar exploration by humans and robots, potentially a stopover for spacecraft and possibly even a mining site.
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The Space Review: The lunar electrical power utility

The Space Review: The lunar electrical power utility | Space matters | Scoop.it

The rapid successful development of COMSAT, followed by INTELSAT, knit the world together in the 1960s. A similar success can be repeated on the Moon. Public-private partnership models have been proposed in the Evolvable Lunar Architecture previously mentioned. The lunar electrical power utility idea can be logically extended to communications and lunar positioning services as well

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Former NASA official: NASA must shed “socialist” approach to space exploration

Former NASA official: NASA must shed “socialist” approach to space exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

“NASA was a very symbol of capitalist ideals when we went to the Moon and beat the Russians,” says former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. “Now what we’re working with is more of a socialist plan for space exploration, which is just anathema to what this country should be doing. Don’t try to compete with the private sector. Incentivize them by driving technologies that will be necessary for us as we explore further.”


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Archinaut: NASA Enlists Made in Space to Head Project for 3D Printing Large-Scale Structures in Space

Archinaut: NASA Enlists Made in Space to Head Project for 3D Printing Large-Scale Structures in Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
3D printing is certainly responsible for bringing an enormous amount of cool new stuff to the world--and even allowing us to conceptualize, design, and make some unbelievable innovations from our own desktops.

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The Space Review: The risks of Mars

The Space Review: The risks of Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
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Our failure to go to Mars, or even back to the Moon, is another sign of the cancer of risk aversion that has taken over many areas of our society. 

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