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Life on board

Life on board | Space matters | Scoop.it

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano on his first weeks in space"

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While this tend to show that the human body might eventually adapt to weightlessness, will we ever see artificial gravity systems emerge ?

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How Humanity Will Conquer Space Without Rockets

How Humanity Will Conquer Space Without Rockets | Space matters | Scoop.it
Getting out of Earth's gravity well is hard. Conventional rockets are expensive, wasteful, and as we're frequently reminded, very dangerous. Thankfully, there are alternative ways of getting ourselves and all our stuff off this rock. Here's how we'll get from Earth to space in the future.
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Here's How We'll Build A Cheap, Safe Lunar Base

Here's How We'll Build A Cheap, Safe Lunar Base | Space matters | Scoop.it
The "magnificent desolation" of the Moon might offer some great views, but otherwise it's a lousy place to live. Human explorers would need protection from a constant bombardment of radiation and extreme temperature shifts. A new video shows how we can inexpensively build an ideal shelter with robotic 3D printers.
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The Moon was a first step, Mars will test our capabilities, but Europa is the prize

The Moon was a first step, Mars will test our capabilities, but Europa is the prize | Space matters | Scoop.it
The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system. Scientists have been trying for years to kickstart a mission to Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon, with very Earth-like…
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What Would It Be Like to Live on Mercury?

What Would It Be Like to Live on Mercury? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mercury. So did we. Mercury's gravity, temperatures and weather are all very different from Earth's. Here's how.
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Orion ESM - European Service Module for Orion Space Capsule - YouTube

Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second space company, has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction o...
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Copernical - Let's Send a Private Mission to Europa, Expert Says

Copernical - Let's Send a Private Mission to Europa, Expert Says | Space matters | Scoop.it
A private mission to Europa is not a new idea. In 2013, an international team of volunteers headed up by Kristian von Bengtson, the founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals, an open source DIY space program based in Denmark, announced the plan of sending a crewed mission to the icy moon. But before they launch any spacecraft, they're launching a crowd-researching campaign.
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A Business Plan for Space

A Business Plan for Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration gave a foundation to U.S. companies seeking a foothold on celestial bodies by saying it would make sure businesses wouldn’t interfere with one another.
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Une voile solaire va être testée en mai pour accélérer les voyages spatiaux

Une voile solaire va être testée en mai pour accélérer les voyages spatiaux | Space matters | Scoop.it

A plus long terme, une voile solaire pourrait permettre de s'aventurer plus loin et faire baisser drastiquement le coût d'un voyage vers Mars, alors que le carburant représente une grosse part de tout budget spatial. En 2005, un concept utilisant un rayon de micro-ondes estimait pouvoir réduire la durée d'un aller simple vers la Planète rouge de neuf à un mois.

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Ion Thrusters In NASA Mission Redraw The Boundaries Of Space Exploration

Ion Thrusters In NASA Mission Redraw The Boundaries Of Space Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Dawn spacecraft could change the shape and scope of future missions
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The Space Review: Why humans should go to Mars and other places in space

The Space Review: Why humans should go to Mars and other places in space | Space matters | Scoop.it

In a recent op-ed published in the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, titled“Why humans shouldn’t go to Mars,” University of Virginia biology professor Michael Menaker argues that human exploration of Mars doesn’t “make good sense.” We are already exploring Mars with robotic spacecraft, he states, and “there are urgent Earth-bound problems to solve.”

The exhortation by Menaker to “stay home” on the Earth would, if followed, greatly impede both our ability to understand the Earth and to protect it.

However, he has not made his case, which is based on several wrong fundamental assumptions. It’s possible he may be reacting to the blatant “Mars Hype” that was recently put out by some people within NASA who support the SLS and Orion programs, since the article does mention the Orion test launch. What the article really represents, however, is the “zero sum game” attitude by a few within the science community, some of whom depend on government science programs for their employment. I must emphasize that this point is not meant to denigrate the vast majority of scientists, many of whom work on valid and important research and struggle every year to maintain their lab’s financial survival. I suspect the majority of those who work on robotic spacecraft programs do strongly support the human space program, but those who do not sometimes get more media attention when they speak out, since taking such a position is controversial. Their attitude is that funding for a human Mars mission would take money away from their science. What Menaker forgets is thatany human spaceflight program uses funding that could possibly go to the robotic or pure science programs instead, so that opposition to Mars programs is also in effect opposition to all human spaceflight. His comments later in the essay, about “urgent Earth-bound problems,” confirm that this is his position.

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Asteroid Redirect Mission might not actually redirect asteroid

Asteroid Redirect Mission might not actually redirect asteroid | Space matters | Scoop.it
Actually redirecting an asteroid to lunar orbit is not a firm success criteria for NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission, an agency official said.
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NASA's inflatable Mars heat shield inspired by kids' toy

NASA's inflatable Mars heat shield inspired by kids' toy | Space matters | Scoop.it
We kid you not: Solutions for the ambitious project to send humans to Mars have been inspired by the design of a child’s toy. NASA is testing an inflatable heat shield based on the idea of a stacking ring of donuts.
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How NASA Could Build A Cloud City Over Venus

How NASA Could Build A Cloud City Over Venus | Space matters | Scoop.it
Owing to the extreme conditions on the Venusian surface, it's going to be quite some time before a human ever steps foot on that planet. That's why NASA is developing a plan to deploy human-occupied airships in Venus's upper atmosphere. And yes, permanent occupation is the ultimate goal.
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Could We Use Ground-Based Lasers To Propel Rockets Into Space?

Could We Use Ground-Based Lasers To Propel Rockets Into Space? | Space matters | Scoop.it
A pair of Russian scientists are proposing a radical new propulsion technique that would accelerate a rocket while in flight, by using a ground-based laser. Should it work, it could push aircraft to go beyond Mach 10.
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The Most Clever Ideas For Vehicles to Explore Saturn's Moon Titan

The Most Clever Ideas For Vehicles to Explore Saturn's Moon Titan | Space matters | Scoop.it
Forget a boring old rover and try nuclear-powered boats or quadcopter space drones. If we want to explore Saturn's moon Titan--with its liquid methane lakes and dense nitrogen atmosphere--we'll need exploration schemes that are just as unique as the alien moon itself.
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How Asteroid Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony

How Asteroid Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony | Space matters | Scoop.it
Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials. Now some companies say they have a solution to this problem. They'll mine asteroids for valuable metal ores, and for basic resources like water that we'll need once we're far from Earth.
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Opening up the planetary highway, or the post-earth economy

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Why Europe's Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly | WIRED

Why Europe's Experimental Spaceship Is Shaped So Weirdly | WIRED | Space matters | Scoop.it
Yesterday, an unmanned experimental spacecraft from the European Space Agency took off from French Guiana and, 100 minutes later, splashed down into the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos Islands. The spacecraft, called the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV, didn’t look like your standard cone, though. It looked more—well, cinematic, for lack of a better word, kind of like a miniature space shuttle minus the wings and tail. And that odd shape might presage the future of space travel.
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What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon?

What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon? | Space matters | Scoop.it
With its very low gravity, interesting topographical features and great view of Earth, the moon could be an exciting place to live.
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy To Be Reusable, Animation Reveals

SpaceX Falcon Heavy To Be Reusable, Animation Reveals | Space matters | Scoop.it
Slated to be the world’s most powerful rocket when it flies, Falcon Heavy will attempt to return it’s core stage and boosters for rapid refurbishment and reuse. SpaceX is confident its accuracy will be sufficient to park the booster elements on land
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NASA Not Ready To Update Mars Mission Architecture

NASA Not Ready To Update Mars Mission Architecture | Space matters | Scoop.it
Despite a desire by industry and policymakers for more details about NASA’s plans to send humans to Mars, there are no prompt plans to revise the 2009 plan.
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How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic)

How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic) | Space matters | Scoop.it
Two new companies, Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, plan to mine asteroids for precious metals and resources. See how it could work in this SPACE.com infographic.

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Here's a nifty infographic that explains how asteroid mining companies expect to work. They are strictly robotic operations, which simplifies things tremendously.

malek's comment, January 24, 10:40 AM
It isn't about cost, it's about value
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Irons-nous sur Mars en vaisseau-couchettes ?

Irons-nous sur Mars en vaisseau-couchettes ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Quel point commun entre 2001, Odyssée de l'espace de Stanley Kubrick, Alien, le huitième passager de Ridley Scott et le plus récent Interstellar de Christopher Nolan ? Au-delà de la réponse évidente – la promenade spatiale –, ce qui relie ces trois films, c'est la manière dont les astronautes passent une partie du voyage : ils roupillent. Ou plutôt, ils hibernent. Etant donné les distances véritablement astronomiques qui séparent les différents corps du Système solaire (sans parler des années-lumière qu'il faudrait parcourir pour se rendre autour d'autres étoiles), il y a un véritable intérêt à ne rien faire pendant le parcours et la NASA, qui garde l'expédition vers Mars dans un coin de son agenda, l'a bien compris, qui envisage sérieusement de passer de la fiction à la réalité.
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1-Year Space Station Mission May Pave NASA's Way to Mars

1-Year Space Station Mission May Pave NASA's Way to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
The first crew to embark on a yearlong International Space Station mission could help NASA get to Mars.
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The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body | WIRED

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body | WIRED | Space matters | Scoop.it
The ability of the human body to adapt to the extremes of terrestrial environments was largely irrelevant for Earth orbit and the Moon. Mars, however, presents a challenge of a different scale and character. Life on Earth has evolved over the past three and a half billion years in an unchanging gravitational field. Take gravity away, and our bodies become virtual strangers to us.
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