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New SLS mission options explored via new Large Upper Stage

New SLS mission options explored via new Large Upper Stage | Space matters | Scoop.it
As NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket continues toward its initial debut in 2017, a Boeing proposal for a new Large Upper Stage for the rocket would see
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One of these options, as stated by Boeing, consists in building a translunar outpost, an "important first step in retrieving an asteroid, returning to the moon or venturing to Mars.”

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Boeling proposes a new Large Upper Stage for SLS that would enable lofting more mass to deep space with fewer launches and less need for in-orbit construction. Enhanced missions could include cooperation with RSC Energia hardware.

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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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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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Ten years after SpaceShipOne made history, still waiting for the future to arrive | NewSpace Journal

Ten years after SpaceShipOne made history, still waiting for the future to arrive | NewSpace Journal | Space matters | Scoop.it

Ten years ago this morning, a small rocket-powered vehicle with a single test pilot aboard appeared to open a door into the future. SpaceShipOne, carried aloft by its carrier aircraft, White Knight, detached from the plane, fired its hybrid rocket motor and soared to an altitude just above the Kármán line, the 100-kilometer boundary widely adopted as the “beginning” of space. SpaceShipOne then glided back to a safe landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port, entering history as the first privately-developed and -funded crewed vehicle to go into space.


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The EELV launch facilities and vehicles were over 14 years in the making.  Keep the faith.

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Why Extroverts Could Cause Problems on a Mission to Mars : DNews

Why Extroverts Could Cause Problems on a Mission to Mars : DNews | Space matters | Scoop.it
As NASA focuses considerable effort on a mission to send humans to Mars, psychology researchers are looking at what types of personalities would work the best on such a long trip.
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La Nasa n'arrivera pas à envoyer des Hommes sur Mars, dit le NRC

La Nasa n'arrivera pas à envoyer des Hommes sur Mars, dit le NRC | Space matters | Scoop.it
Envoyer des Hommes fouler le sol de Mars restera un rêve durant de nombreuses décennies si le programme martien de la Nasa reste en l'état. C'est la conclusion du dernier rapport du Conseil...
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Spacex targets reusing the Dragon V2 ten times before refurbishment and targets hundreds of flights per year by 2030 and thousands per year by 2035

Elon Musk describing upgrades to the ship that could allow Dragons to fly up to 10 times without significant refurbishment
Musk doesn't want SpaceX to simply become an orbital taxi service, however.

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How much would reusability reduce the cost per pound to orbit of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches? Quite a bit, depending on how many times you could launch before refurbishment became necessary.

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New study says NASA will land people on Mars about the time chickens invent fusion energy

New study says NASA will land people on Mars about the time chickens invent fusion energy | Space matters | Scoop.it
NRC review says NASA strategy, without a funding boost, will invite “failure” and “disillusionment”
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National Research Council to NASA: 'you'll never get to Mars at present funding levels'. NASA: 'LALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!'

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Airbus Defence and Space teste son futur avion-fusée

Airbus Defence and Space teste son futur avion-fusée | Space matters | Scoop.it

Vidéo : Dans la plus grande discrétion, au début du mois de mai, à 100 kilomètres au large de Singapour, la division Espace et Défense d’Airbus Group a réalisé un largage de son avion-fusée, le SpacePlane. Ou plutôt d'une maquette à l’échelle 1/4ème de ce futur appareil capable d'emmener des touristes dans l'espace. Un démonstrateur de 150 kilos bardé de capteurs qui a permis au constructeur de valider les conditions de vol dynamiques rencontrées en fin de vol après un retour depuis l'espace.

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The Space Review: A small step for Mars settlement, but a giant leap of funding required

The Space Review: A small step for Mars settlement, but a giant leap of funding required | Space matters | Scoop.it
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Step inside Elon Musk's incredible new space machine

Step inside Elon Musk's incredible new space machine | Space matters | Scoop.it

Elon Musk's SpaceX has had plenty of memorable milestones, not the least of which came in 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft become the first commercial vehicle to dock with the International Space Station. Of course, that was just the beginning for SpaceX — Musk is nothing if not ambitious — and the company's next goal is to tackle manned space flight.

 


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CONNEXION – La NASA développe le haut débit sur la Lune

CONNEXION – La NASA développe le haut débit sur la Lune | Space matters | Scoop.it

Regarder des vidéos en streaming sans aucun problème de chargement est davantage possible sur la Lune que dans certaines régions de France. Selon le site Wired, deux équipes de chercheurs du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) et de la NASA, ont pu communiquer des données aux astronautes sur la Lune pour la première fois avec la même connexion que sur la Terre. Ils ont transféré des données lourdes et des vidéos HD en streaming

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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

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Time to mine the moon, says European Space Agency

Time to mine the moon, says European Space Agency | Space matters | Scoop.it
A key figure at the European Space Agency says we must look at how we exploit the moon's resources before it is too late, as missions begin to map its surface and Nasa calls for bids to mine in space.
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These Inflatable Modules Could Change Space Exploration

These Inflatable Modules Could Change Space Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
The International Space Station’s upcoming non-rigid BEAM module may be the key to making the future of space more roomy and affordable.
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Tourisme spatial : bientôt la Lune ?

Tourisme spatial : bientôt la Lune ? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Space Adventures et l'Agence spatiale russe Roscosmos, qui proposent une mission habitée autour de la Lune, sont dans les starting-blocks. La société états-unienne qui commercialise deux places payantes vient de trouver le second passager prêt à débourser 150 millions de dollars, tarif du premier billet pour la Lune. L’équipage, maintenant au complet, se compose de ces deux touristes et d’un cosmonaute russe qui pilotera l’engin lunaire. Le vol autour de la Lune est prévu fin 2017 ou début 2018, après un vol d’essai inhabité

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Des projets futuristes pour l'exploration spatiale

Des projets futuristes pour l'exploration spatiale | Space matters | Scoop.it
Un vaisseau captant des protons solaires par des câbles de 30 km, un sous-marin plongeant dans les lacs de Titan et un engin à hélices volant dans son atmosphère, ou encore une technique pour...
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SpaceX Aims for Mars with Reusable Rockets, Spaceships

SpaceX Aims for Mars with Reusable Rockets, Spaceships | Space matters | Scoop.it

Los Angeles — As SpaceX's Dragon capsule descended toward Earth, it was clear this landing was going to be different than previous ones.

 

Instead of falling toward the ocean and deploying parachutes — as SpaceX capsules have done several times after completing robotic cargo runs to the International Space Station for NASA — this Dragon spaceship was aiming for land. It fired its SuperDraco engines, extended four legs and made a pinpoint touchdown on a concrete landing pad not far from where it was launched into space.

 

"That is how a 21st century spaceship should land," SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk told a cheering crowd of employees and VIPs late last month as the landing — which was an animation, not an actual event — ended on two large video screens.


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NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected

NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact through pioneering technology development.

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3-D Printing in Space? NASA Plans Experiments for SpaceShipTwo | NBC News

3-D Printing in Space? NASA Plans Experiments for SpaceShipTwo | NBC News | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA has lined up 12 research payloads to fly on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, including an experiment aimed at pioneering 3-D printing in outer space.

The experiments were selected through NASA's Flight Opportunities Program to benefit from the few minutes of zero gravity that will be available during SpaceShipTwo's flights to the edge of Space.

Suborbital space ventures such as Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace are hoping to capitalize on offering services for researchers as well as space tourists. Planetary scientist Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute has said that over the long run, research projects could become more of a "killer app" for the suborbital space industry than tourist flights.

 


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The Space Review: How to form the Lunar Development Corporation to implement the Moon Treaty

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The Moon Now Has a Better Internet Connection Than You Thanks to NASA

The Moon Now Has a Better Internet Connection Than You Thanks to NASA | Space matters | Scoop.it
It's tough to find a good Internet speed without paying your cable provider through the nose to get it, but NASA can get you one... if you live on the Moon.

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Information overflow goes interplanetary. 

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