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Why Elon Musk is throwing his biggest potential customer under the bus

Why Elon Musk is throwing his biggest potential customer under the bus | Space matters | Scoop.it
The space entrepreneur says he will file a protest against the U.S. Air Force on Monday.
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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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Ancient Solar Superflare Suggests Risks for Mars Missions

Ancient Solar Superflare Suggests Risks for Mars Missions | Space matters | Scoop.it
New research suggests that catastrophic solar superflares would severely harm astronauts, and plans should be made for better shielding.
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Destination Mars : l'Europe dans les valises des Etats-Unis

Destination Mars : l'Europe dans les valises des Etats-Unis | Space matters | Scoop.it
Airbus Defence and Space a démarré à Brême la construction du module d
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Want to build a moon base? Easy—just print it

Want to build a moon base? Easy—just print it | Space matters | Scoop.it
Planetary Resources, a company hoping to make asteroid mining into a trillion dollar industry, earlier this year unveiled the world's first 3D printed object made from bits of an asteroid.
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Elon Musk Wants to Land a Spaceship on Mars. The Weird Thing Is … He Can Do It.

Elon Musk Wants to Land a Spaceship on Mars. The Weird Thing Is … He Can Do It. | Space matters | Scoop.it
Elon Musk says SpaceX will land a Dragon capsule on Mars as soon as 2018. That's not as silly as it seems.
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We Don't Have a Moon Base Because You Don't Need One to Nuke Moscow

We Don't Have a Moon Base Because You Don't Need One to Nuke Moscow | Space matters | Scoop.it
Why doesn’t the United States have a base on the Moon? Because getting to the Moon was a matter of national security. Setting up a permanent base there? Not so much.
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Humanity's Future Will Be In Caves ... On the Moon

Humanity's Future Will Be In Caves ... On the Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
While I talked with the legendary roboticist Red Whittaker in his lab at Carnegie Mellon, a half-moon shaped remnant of a Lifesaver was resting on his knee. He nibbled on it as we talked about sending autonomous robots to explore the Moon. That’s when he told me about the Moon caves that could be humanity’s future home.
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SpaceX plans to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars

SpaceX plans to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Elon Musk's company finally reveals the first details of its Mars architecture.
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NASA researchers are working on a laser propulsion system that could get to Mars in 3 days

NASA researchers are working on a laser propulsion system that could get to Mars in 3 days | Space matters | Scoop.it
"There is no known reason why we cannot do this."
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Space Is Cold, Vast, and Deadly. Humans Will Explore It Anyway

Space Is Cold, Vast, and Deadly. Humans Will Explore It Anyway | Space matters | Scoop.it
From space madness to crash landings, here's how we'll beat the 13 most difficult challenges to space exploration.
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Why Mars should be independent from Earth

Why Mars should be independent from Earth | Space matters | Scoop.it
If we build a colony on Mars, should its citizens be their own masters? Rose Eveleth considers the case for the Red Planet’s declaration of independence.
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Why the Future of Space is Brighter than Ever

Why the Future of Space is Brighter than Ever | Space matters | Scoop.it

You may think I'm biased when I say investments in innovation across the space industry are growing, but the proof is all around us.  

Growing by nearly 10 percent in just one year, the global space economy has reached a total of $330 billion worldwide, according to a 2015 Space Foundation report. Specifically, commercial space activities grew by 9.7 percent in 2014, while government investments in space saw a combined growth of 7.3 percent. And the part of space that's most visible to us -- rocket launch attempts -- also increased from 81 attempts in 2013 to 92 in 2014.

These are promising statistics, and we're seeing this growth in investment firsthand as we've witnessed some pretty incredible accomplishments throughout the industry over the past year.


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It is nice to see these stats. Commercial space travel will be here soon.

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Congress Wants NASA To Create A Deep Space Habitat By 2018

Congress Wants NASA To Create A Deep Space Habitat By 2018 | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA may dream of sending humans to Mars in the coming decades, but the fact remains that nobody's really sure how we'll survive the journey or set up camp on the red planet.
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Orbital ATK Proposes Man-Tended Lunar-Orbit Outpost by 2020 for Link Up with NASA’s Orion - Universe Today

Orbital ATK Proposes Man-Tended Lunar-Orbit Outpost by 2020 for Link Up with NASA’s Orion - Universe Today | Space matters | Scoop.it
Orbital ATK has unveiled a practical new proposal to build a near term man-tended outpost in lunar orbit that could launch by 2020 and be operational in time for a lunar link-up with NASA’s Orion crew module during its maiden mission, when American astronauts finally return to the Moon’s vicinity in 2021 - thus advancing America’s next giant leap in human exploration of deep space.
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Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years

Lockheed Martin Wants To Send Humans To Mars In 12 Years | Space matters | Scoop.it

Before our species set foot on the moon, we orbited it first. The same will probably be true for Mars, and on Wednesday, Lockheed Martin plans to unveil its vision for a spacecraft that could make it happen. The "Mars Base Camp," as the company is calling it, would set up a laboratory, staffed by 6 astronauts, in Mars orbit in 2028.


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Des Chinois sur la Lune avant 2040

Des Chinois sur la Lune avant 2040 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Aux États-Unis, les yeux sont tournés vers le système martien. Mais en Chine, l'objectif principal est très vraisemblablement le retour de l’Homme sur la Lune et son installation dans de
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The US should challenge the EU to lead lunar development | The Space Review

The US should challenge the EU to lead lunar development | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

As ESA seeks to drum up support for its “Moon Village” concept, the US appears content to focus instead on missions to Mars. Vid Beldavs, in an open letter to the president, argues that the US should push Europe to take the lead on lunar development and take on a supporting role that can help support its own Mars ambitions.


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Your Children Won't Be Able To Live In Space, Without A Major Upgrade

Your Children Won't Be Able To Live In Space, Without A Major Upgrade | Space matters | Scoop.it
We all dream of journeying (or living) among the stars. But space is a spectacularly awful place for humans, and we’re not suited for life there at all. And yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are all the ways we’ll need to re-engineer the human body, in order to make space our home.
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Should We Terraform a New Planet Or Fix Our Own?

Should We Terraform a New Planet Or Fix Our Own? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Before we talk about terraforming another planet like Mars, we have to talk about Earth—and whether we should be spending our resources trying to save it, or moving on to another pale blue dot. It’s a grim debate that some scientists say it’s time to have.
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Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive

Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive | Space matters | Scoop.it
It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. In this provocative talk, Petranek makes the case that humans will become a spacefaring species and describes in fascinating detail how we'll make Mars our next home. "Humans will survive no matter what happens on Earth," Petranek says. "We will never be the last of our kind."
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This amazing sci-fi show reveals the biggest problem everyone ignores about space travel

This amazing sci-fi show reveals the biggest problem everyone ignores about space travel | Space matters | Scoop.it
It could make things pretty unpleasant.
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Europe Hits Snooze on Woerner's "The Moon Awakens" Push - SpaceNews.com

Europe Hits Snooze on Woerner's "The Moon Awakens" Push - SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency's just-issued "The Moon Awakens" video lays out multiple arguments for lunar exploration, saying flatly: “Our next destination on this journey is the Moon.” But for now, Europe’s lunar exploration plan remains “all hat, no cattle.”
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US Space Act means moon mining will take a giant leap in 2016 (Wired UK)

US Space Act means moon mining will take a giant leap in 2016 (Wired UK) | Space matters | Scoop.it
After US passed the Space Act, space mining is going to happen
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Drones could be used to scope out habitable environments beneath Mars' surface - Redorbit

Drones could be used to scope out habitable environments beneath Mars' surface - Redorbit | Space matters | Scoop.it
Recently, amateur drone pilots have been using drones to survey epic snowfall or catastrophic floods, but a team from Carnegie Mellon University has plans to fly a drone in even more extreme situation: under the surface of Mars.
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