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NASA has just made an incredible discovery about water on Mars

NASA has just made an incredible discovery about water on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

According to a series of NASA papers just published in the journal Science, each cubic foot of the fine Martian soil contains about two pints of liquid water. That's about one litre's worth, or a quarter gallon. That's a ton — and that'll mean something a few decades from now when thirsty explorers start to colonize the planet. It also means that the colonists — and subsequent supply missions — won't have to lug water across the vast expanse separating Mars from the Earth.

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Report Argues Commercial Partnerships can Slash Costs of Human Lunar Missions | SpaceNews.com

Report Argues Commercial Partnerships can Slash Costs of Human Lunar Missions | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

WASHINGTON — A new report concludes that public-private partnerships, like those NASA has used in its commercial cargo and crew programs, could return humans to the moon for as little as $10 billion and within seven years.

The 100-page study, funded by NASA, concluded that an “evolvable lunar architecture” could eventually lead to a permanent human base at the lunar poles to convert water ice there for propellant that could be sold to NASA or other customers. However, those involved in the study acknowledge that the biggest obstacle to this approach may be convincing policymakers of the plan’s effectiveness.


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Pour protéger la Terre des astéroïdes, l'ONU veut un effort mondial

Pour protéger la Terre des astéroïdes, l'ONU veut un effort mondial | Space matters | Scoop.it
La chute de la météorite de l’Oural en février 2013 a montré à quel point la Terre était vulnérable face à la menace des astéroïdes. Pour se prémunir d’autres mauvaises surprises du genre, le...
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La face cachée de la Lune est-elle au programme de la Chine ?

La face cachée de la Lune est-elle au programme de la Chine ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Une des conséquences du changement politique survenu en Chine — qui a vu le remplacement de l’équipe dirigeante composée du président Hu Jintao et du Premier ministre Wen Jiabao, par le...
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Breathing perfect air on Mars is possible, study says - CNN.com

Breathing perfect air on Mars is possible, study says - CNN.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
When the first two colonists land on Mars, they could step into ready-made living quarters, remove their space helmets and take a whiff of breathable air.
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The Space Review: The myth of “what might have been” in space

The Space Review: The myth of “what might have been” in space | Space matters | Scoop.it
A concept for an interplanetary transit vehicle from the 1969 Space Task Group report. People today regret that report wasn’t implemented, but should they? (credit: NASA)
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Meet Adeline, Airbus' Answer to SpaceX Reusability | YouTube

 

Airbus unveiled Adeline, a reusable first-stage rocket concept it hopes will make future Ariane rockets competive against reusable SpaceX rockets.


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Beam me up

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The BEAM was developed by ­Bigelow Aerospace, a 16-year-old Las Vegas company whose founder, ­Robert Bigelow, has made a fortune in ­real-­estate and hotel development. Bigelow has pledged $500 million of his own fortune to developing low-cost, long-term habitats for low-Earth-orbit (LEO) missions and those beyond LEO to the moon and Mars.


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Falcon Heavy enabler for Dragon solar system explorer | NASASpaceFlight.com

Falcon Heavy enabler for Dragon solar system explorer | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

SpaceX head Elon Musk has revealed plans to utilize the Falcon Heavy and Dragon 2 vehicles for science missions throughout the solar system. Citing Dragon 2’s capability as a “science delivery platform”, Mr. Musk claimed the crew-capable spacecraft could also be tasked with landing scientific payloads at destinations ranging from the Moon and Mars – and even as far afield as Europa.


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Pour la NASA, on n’a jamais été aussi près de marcher sur Mars

Pour la NASA, on n’a jamais été aussi près de marcher sur Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pour la NASA, on n’a jamais été aussi près de marcher sur Mars
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Habitats Could Be NASA’s Next Commercial Spacecraft Buy

Habitats Could Be NASA’s Next Commercial Spacecraft Buy | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA is spending a little money to see if cargo carriers for the ISS can be “evolved” into crew habitats for deep-space exploration.
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The 'impossible' EmDrive could reach Pluto in 18 months (Wired UK)

The 'impossible' EmDrive could reach Pluto in 18 months (Wired UK) | Space matters | Scoop.it
The controversial EmDrive could have a huge impact on space exploration, and lead the way in new developments like solar power via satellite
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How Outer Space is Becoming the Next Internet

How Outer Space is Becoming the Next Internet | Space matters | Scoop.it

Just like the personal computer paved the way for a new category of software companies or Amazon Web Services spawned scores of cloud applications, private spacecraft is the infrastructure enabling businesses that never before could have existed. Amazon.com founderJeff Bezos even has his own space company, Blue Origin, which flew its first successful test flight in April.


Combine that with the rapid growth of cloud computing, big data analytics, the collapse in prices for electronic components in mobile devices and a thriving ecosystem of coders, and suddenly space is attainable and affordable.


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Could this rotating chair keep Mars-bound astronauts healthy?

Could this rotating chair keep Mars-bound astronauts healthy? | Space matters | Scoop.it
The device (illustrated) was made by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They developed an exercise bike that spins in a cylinder, and could be used on a Mars mission.
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A new NASA-funded study lays out a plan to return humans to the Moon

Humans could return to the Moon in the next decade and live there a decade after, a new study claims. The announcement was made on the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 crew's first steps on the...
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Op-ed | The Summit, the Solution, the Possibility

Op-ed | The Summit, the Solution, the Possibility | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy in his famous moon speech: We do this and the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. And what makes them hard? When it comes to opening the frontier of space — we do. The biggest challenge is not the vacuum, not the radiation, not the gravity, not the vast distances. It is us. For we can overcome each of those, but can we overcome ourselves? Can we get past our positions so we can work together to throw open the frontier for the people of Earth?


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Planning the proving ground of cislunar space | The Space Review

Planning the proving ground of cislunar space | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA is clear about its long-term goal of human spaceflight—sending humans to Mars—but has been vague about the next steps beyond low Earth orbit to achieve that goal. Jeff Foust reports how NASA, working with companies and potential international partners, is starting to look at a series of missions in cislunar space in the 2020s as those next steps.


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The Space Review: A stagecoach to the stars

The Space Review: A stagecoach to the stars | Space matters | Scoop.it

Cost reductions of one or two orders of magnitude, which would make travel to destinations throughout the inner solar system routine, are possible with this approach.

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Venus-exploring inflatable aircraft may soon be developed - RedOrbit

Venus-exploring inflatable aircraft may soon be developed - RedOrbit | Space matters | Scoop.it
Engineers at Northrop Grumman have been exploring the possibility of creating an inflatable aircraft that could travel to Venus for more than two years, and now it appears the company could soon begin work on an actual prototype of the vehicle.

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 17, 1:31 PM

Northrup Grumman of flying wing fame, plans to propose a robotic craft that could stay aloft in Venus' s atmosphere for up to twelve months, making scientific observations.

David Pressler's curator insight, May 19, 12:29 PM

Inflatables filled with water and a steam engine makes perfect sense for non gravity craft  Water filled bladders become ice to protect the craft.  fuel and drinking water 

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China Leads Race to the Moon

China Leads Race to the Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it

Much has been written about the value of helium-3 for non-radiation producing energy production and states around the world are quietly positioning themselves to secure it from the Moon. In fact, most national space programs citing Mars as the primary objective conveniently include the Moon as a stepping stone, including NASA’s Space Launch System with its 130 tons payload capacity, which will be the biggest heavy lift rocket ever built. If one state secures helium-3 exclusively, then it will become the new global hegemon.

 

China is very close to a breakthrough in energy production from helium-3 and the goals of its space program inspired by the visionary Professor Ouyang Ziyuan are closely, if not directly, related to securing helium-3 as a geostrategic national priority.


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Next Big Future: Planetary Resources will have two asteroid mining demonstration spacecraft in 2015

Next Big Future: Planetary Resources will have two asteroid mining demonstration spacecraft in 2015 | Space matters | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources will advance towards asteroid mining with two launches of technology demonstration spacecraft in 2015...


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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Space Ventures Will Spawn First Trillionaire

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Space Ventures Will Spawn First Trillionaire | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

A passion for exploration is the fuel to an innovative economy, says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In an interview with CNBC's On the Money, the host of the new National Geographic Channel show StarTalk — based on Tyson's podcast and Sirius XM radio show of the same name — described the dynamic implications of scientific discovery.

"You have to innovate," said Tyson, arguably the most famous astrophysicist in America. When "an engineer comes out with a new patent to take you to a place — intellectually, physically … that has never been reached before, those become the engines of tomorrow's economy."

 


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Tyson is not the first one to propose this. Perhaps he's finally jumping on the NewSpace "Bandwagon."

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Proposed Legislation Would Make Space Settlement a National Goal | SpaceNews.com

Proposed Legislation Would Make Space Settlement a National Goal | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

WASHINGTON — Legislation that one congressman plans to introduce in the near future would make space settlement a national goal and require NASA to take action to support it.

The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2015, drafted by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), would mark the second time in the last three decades that Congress has directed NASA to support efforts for permanent human settlements beyond Earth orbit.

A version of the bill circulated in the space advocacy community would amend the National Aeronautics and Space Act, the “organic” legislation that created NASA in 1958, to include space settlement among national space policy goals and objectives.


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