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Mars Methane Mystery Deepens

Mars Methane Mystery Deepens | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has revealed no trace of methane, a potential sign of primitive life, on the Martian surface, contradicting past evidence of the gas spotted by spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet, researchers say.

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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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New Fort Knox: A means to a solar-system-wide economy (The Space Review)

New Fort Knox: A means to a solar-system-wide economy (The Space Review) | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Creating an economic zone of influence that encompasses our solar system will be the single most difficult endeavor the human race has ever attempted.

 

 

The biggest hurdle isn’t the engineering. It’s not that we don’t dream big enough and it has little to do with national government. Rather, it’s that we simply cannot comprehend the economics. Let’s put it another way: we will not achieve this until we convince the investment community that there is that substantial return on investment (ROI) that they require."

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While NASA fixates on Mars, space rivals shoot for the moon

While NASA fixates on Mars, space rivals shoot for the moon | Space matters | Scoop.it

“I just have to say pretty bluntly here, we’ve been there before,” the President said, raising his right hand for emphasis. “Buzz has been there before.”

 

With this single line from his 2010 speech Obama reinforced the modern zeitgeist of the moon as a dead end on humanity’s path to the stars.

 

Yet much of the spaceflight community, many planetary scientists and all other space-faring nations do not share that view. The President, they say, had it all wrong. The moon, rather, offers an essential base camp for human exploration deeper into the solar system. From an outpost there explorers could fuel rockets, take on supplies and venture deeper into the solar system.

 


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And I think they're right. If they're go there to stay. 

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Scott Baker's curator insight, July 20, 9:36 AM

Obama would be more believable if we still had the capability of reaching the Moon, but were just choosing to go to Mars.  Unfortunately, we can do neither, and can't even send people into orbit presently.  Pathetic excuse and rationalization, that's all this is, and everyone sees through it.

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Buzz Aldrin says the first people to Mars should stay and build a colony

Buzz Aldrin says the first people to Mars should stay and build a colony | Space matters | Scoop.it
Buzz Aldrin, one of the surviving Apollo 11 astronauts who has been supporting a social media campaign to commemorate the first moon landing 45 years ago, has b
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Meet the Couple Who Could Be the First Humans to Travel to Mars | Science | WIRED

Meet the Couple Who Could Be the First Humans to Travel to Mars | Science | WIRED | Space matters | Scoop.it
Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum are planning a trip to Mars. They’ve been hashing out the details for 20 years now, and alternate between being extremely excited and utterly terrified by the prospect, refusing to discuss it after 5 p.m. to avoid nightmares. The couple’s far-out dreams of space travel differ from those of many…
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Peter Diamandis: Entrepreneur reaches to skies to benefit Earth

Peter Diamandis: Entrepreneur reaches to skies to benefit Earth | Space matters | Scoop.it

Peter Diamandis stands at a whiteboard in an empty conference room at Moffett Field and excitedly sketches a diagram of the solar system, with messy lollipop-like dots for Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. His eyes light up when he draws a certain asteroid known to come close to Earth every few years.

 

"We're going to send out a flotilla of small spacecraft, dock on the asteroid, prospect it and lay claim to it," Diamandis said. "The goal is to make rocket fuel from a class of asteroids rich in hydrogen and oxygen, and use 3-D printers in space to build the equipment to mine the rock for rare metals like platinum."

 

The benefits, he said, will be nothing less than protecting planet Earth, creating the world's first trillionaires, and paving the way for humans to live off the planet.


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ESA Weighs Ariane 6 Options as Major Satellite Operator Seeks Industry Overhaul, Price Cuts

ESA Weighs Ariane 6 Options as Major Satellite Operator Seeks Industry Overhaul, Price Cuts | Space matters | Scoop.it
Artist’s conception of Ariane 6. (Credit: ESA)
Space News reports that ESA is weighing two options for its next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle as Arianespace cuts prices in response to competition from SpaceX.

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ESA responds to competition from SpaceX by proposing a new launch vehicle, developed with less regulation and red tape. The red tape they want to eliminate is very similar to the red tape Senator Shelby wants to add back in to NASA's commercial crew program.

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Entrepreneurs Smell Profits In Low Earth Orbit | Aviation Week

Entrepreneurs Smell Profits In Low Earth Orbit | Aviation Week | Space matters | Scoop.it

It has been three years since the International Space Station was completed and made available for full-time use, or as full-time as possible given the demands of keeping its crew and hardware functioning in the harsh environment above the atmosphere. Now the shakeout appears to be over, and ISS managers seem to have found their way to relatively efficient use of the unique facility. More important, business types are starting to report early evidence that the terrestrial economy can indeed move into low Earth orbit—on the station and elsewhere.

 


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Derniers tests d'endurance pour la mininavette spatiale européenne IXV

Derniers tests d'endurance pour la mininavette spatiale européenne IXV | Space matters | Scoop.it

"L'Agence spatiale européenne s'apprête à mettre à rude épreuve l'IXV, démonstrateur de véhicule de rentrée atmosphérique. Table vibrante et chambre d'essais acoustiques vont constituer les ultimes tests avant le vol expérimental, prévu en novembre, d'un engin bardé d'instruments de mesure."

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Mars One Solicits Payloads for 2018 Lander | Parabolic Arc

Mars One Solicits Payloads for 2018 Lander | Parabolic Arc | Space matters | Scoop.it

AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands, June 30, 2014 (Mars One PR) – Mars One is extending a formal invitation to universities, research bodies, and companies to contribute to the payload of the 2018 unmanned Mars Lander. The best ideas will be chosen by a panel of experts. This mission will act as a staging point for the first-ever human mission to the red planet in 2025.

Mars One is soliciting proposals for four demonstration payloads that will demonstrate technologies for the human mission in 2025, proposals for one payload that will be elected in a world wide university competition, and proposals for two payloads that are for sale to the highest bidder. These last two payloads can be used for scientific experiments, marketing activities or anything inbetween.


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Stratocumulus's comment, July 1, 5:16 PM
I urge all adults to determine for themselves whether Mars One is a "scam" or not. I will provide the latest information on this organization, whether critical or non-critical, as I come across it. If you are not an adult, then I urge you to go somewhere else.
Ron Morris's comment, July 4, 11:56 AM
I'm adult enough to believe in a return trip instead of a slow, painful death in space or on Mars.
That being said, you are reporting industry news, and it's not for me to decide what you report on. I'm adult enough to apologize, and I appreciate your coverage.
Stratocumulus's comment, July 6, 12:09 AM
We're agreed. Return trips are always preferable :-) Do they have a chance? On a scale from 1 to 100 I'd give them about a 6. That may be way too high. I wish them all the luck in the world. They're going to need it. Just doing the best I can to keep everyone informed on this fascinating industry. I appreciate your support.
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How NASA Can Run The International Space Station Without Russia

Russia announced today that they would be terminating their involvement in the ISS as of 2020, something we guessed would happen. Some news outlets framed this as them just ending their participation, others suggested they'd "kill" the station. The US has been planning on using the station until 2024. Can we do it without them?
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Student-Designed Space Colonies

Student-Designed Space Colonies | Space matters | Scoop.it
High school students from around the world enter NASA's annual design contest to dream of large-scale orbital space settlements. This year, each station also features a method to capture lucrative asteroids for in-space resource mining. The Grand Prize winners are totally awesome.
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8 Tips for Surviving on Mars

8 Tips for Surviving on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

By Andy Weir

So you want to live on Mars. Perhaps it’s the rugged terrain, beautiful scenery, or vast natural landscape that appeals to you. Or maybe you’re just a lunatic who wants to survive in a lifeless barren wasteland. Whatever your reasons, there are a few things you should know:

 

 

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I've only read the first chapter of the novel on io9 so far. The book seems quite worth a read!

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How a private mission could bring back a piece of Mars by 2020

How a private mission could bring back a piece of Mars by 2020 | Space matters | Scoop.it
The BoldlyGo Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit, is developing a mission to scoop up some dust from the Martian atmosphere.
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La Chine prépare-t-elle une mission habitée autour de la Lune ?

La Chine prépare-t-elle une mission habitée autour de la Lune ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Et si, pour célébrer le 70e anniversaire de la République Populaire de Chine en 2019, le pays concoctait en catimini un vol habité autour de la Lune ? À seulement quatre ans de l'échéance,...
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NASA Considers Mars Mission With Help Of Tesla’s Elon Musk, While Celebrating 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Moon Landing - CBS San Francisco

NASA Considers Mars Mission With Help Of Tesla’s Elon Musk, While Celebrating 45 Years Since Apollo 11 Moon Landing - CBS San Francisco | Space matters | Scoop.it
45 years ago, America landed a man on the moon, and years from now, NASA and Tesla founder Elon Musk hope to have already landed a man on Mars, using Musk's SpaceX rocket in a public-private partnership that turns the Apollo program model on its head.
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Is China’s Next Moon Probe a Preparation for a Manned Lunar Landing? | Science | WIRED

Is China’s Next Moon Probe a Preparation for a Manned Lunar Landing? | Science | WIRED | Space matters | Scoop.it
A future lunar probe could be setting China up for a manned mission next decade. After details were released late last month of the Chang’e 5 mission—a robotic lander that will collect samples from the lunar surface and return them to Earth in 2017—several international observers noticed that it looked like a smaller version of…
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Space Junk: A Graphic Guide To Our Garbage Up There | Visual.ly

Space Junk: A Graphic Guide To Our Garbage Up There | Visual.ly | Space matters | Scoop.it
Where humans go, garbage tends to follow—and space is no exception. And much like the buildup of trash on Earth, the accumulation of junk in space p
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Magnetic bubbles could shield astronauts from radiation - Science News

Magnetic bubbles could shield astronauts from radiation - Science News | Space matters | Scoop.it
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If successful, the idea could offer scientists a solution to one of NASA's stickiest problems: how to shield astronauts from harmful cosmic rays and solar eruptions.

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The article is only for subscribers. Check here for more info : http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2008/nov/06/magnetic-shield-could-protect-spacecraft

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, June 30, 12:23 PM

Could it be that one of the  major objections to manned interplanetary flight could be quashed by the mere act of generating a magnetic field around the spacecraft?

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Masten Wins $3 Million Contract for DARPA XS-1 Reusable Vehicle | Parabolic Arc

Masten Wins $3 Million Contract for DARPA XS-1 Reusable Vehicle | Parabolic Arc | Space matters | Scoop.it

Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif. has won a $3 million contract for work on DARPA’s XS-1 program, according to an award announcement at www.FedBizOpps.gov.

The objective of the XS-1 program “is to demonstrate a reusable first stage launch vehicle capable of carrying and deploying an upper stage that inserts 3,000 to 5,000 lb. payloads into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), designed for less than $5M per launch for an operational system."

 


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Obama Wants an Asteroid. Republicans Want the Moon. - National Journal

Obama Wants an Asteroid. Republicans Want the Moon. - National Journal | Space matters | Scoop.it
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Obama Wants an Asteroid. Republicans Want the Moon.
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It would also allow astronauts to launch humankind's first attempts to utilize extra-Earth resources, including extracting water from the moon's dust.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, July 2, 10:48 PM

Polarized politics could end up preventing either asteroid redirect or a moon base from ever happening. Americans will sit in their space station and wave as other nations break earth orbit and move out to explore the solar system.

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Weightlessness is like rapid aging. Of the 100s of experiments on ISS, we learn much from this

Weightlessness is like rapid aging. Of the 100s of experiments on ISS, we learn much from this | Space matters | Scoop.it

Initial results from a study of Chris Hadfield and other astronauts who spent months aboard the International Space Station have turned up changes like those seen in someone developing Type 2 diabetes on Earth.

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Could Asteroids Solve The Fuel Problem In Space? Planetary Resources Video

Could Asteroids Solve The Fuel Problem In Space? Planetary Resources Video | Space matters | Scoop.it
While we as a community love exploring space, we also recognize it can be expensive. Launch costs, manufacturing and keeping a mission going all take money, which is why NASA (for example) runs reviews every couple of years to figure out which ongoing missions are providing the best return. Planetary Resources -- one of the…
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The Astronomer Who Wanted to Rearrange the Solar System, Using Nukes

The Astronomer Who Wanted to Rearrange the Solar System, Using Nukes | Space matters | Scoop.it
CalTech astronomer Fritz Zwicky was the first to conceive of dark matter, supernovas and neutron stars. He also had a theory about colonizing the solar system using nuclear bombs. We could terraform other planets, he argued, by pulverizing them and then moving them closer or further from the sun.
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What Happens When You Cook French Fries in Space

What Happens When You Cook French Fries in Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Space is full of mysteries, but one in particular has been weighing on our minds lately: How's the food up there? We're taking a look at how space meals get made, the best astronaut food hacks, and the experiment that showed just where the best french fries in the galaxy would really be found.
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The Space Review: A new pathway to Mars

The Space Review: A new pathway to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
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