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Incredible Technology: How to Land on Mars with Inflatable Flying Saucers

Incredible Technology: How to Land on Mars with Inflatable Flying Saucers | Space matters | Scoop.it
The space agency is developing gigantic supersonic parachutes and inflatable "decelerators" that will slow the descent of heavy gear through the thin Martian atmosphere, allowing large objects such as human habitat modules to make it to the surface in one
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The Space Review: Spinning to Mars

The Space Review: Spinning to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

Thirty years ago today a group of scientists, grad students, and all around Mars enthusiasts wrapped up the four-day Case for Mars conference in Boulder, Colorado. While there, they drafted plans for a human Mars spacecraft that became enshrined—at least for a little while—in popular culture. A large spinning vessel consisting of three nearly identical ships and their landing craft, it was a serious attempt at defining a human mission to Mars. By the early 1990s, one of the Case for Mars participants, Carter Emmart, produced a beautifully detailed model of the spinning spacecraft that was placed on display in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Now, after a long absence, that model is back in public view.

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The Space Review: Scaling up alternative space funding sources

The Space Review: Scaling up alternative space funding sources | Space matters | Scoop.it

Until recently, space projects had only a couple tried and true—if trying—paths to take to win funding. One was to go the government route, soliciting proposals to various government agencies and, if and when winning a contract, hoping that agency didn’t suffer budget cuts or changes in strategic direction that could cancel that award. The other was to build a business case attractive enough to win investment, something that has long been a challenge given the long time horizons of many space endeavors and their uncertain returns.

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This Mission Plan Could Get NASA To Europa On The Cheap

This Mission Plan Could Get NASA To Europa On The Cheap | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA is currently accepting ideas for a mission to Europa — the moon voted most likely to harbour alien life. But thanks to recent budget cuts, it can only consider the most affordable solutions. The fine minds at Draper Labs may have just come up with the answer.
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How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform?

How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Transforming another planet, moon, or other celestial body into a world fit for human habitation may be a key component of our post-Earth survival. But how will we determine which worlds should be terraformed and which should be left alone?
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A Lunar Discovery Reveals The Secret To Building Deflector Shields

A Lunar Discovery Reveals The Secret To Building Deflector Shields | Space matters | Scoop.it
Radiation in space is one of the major obstacles to human exploration of the solar system. Astronauts on a round-trip to Mars could be exposed to radiation doses 66,000 times higher than on Earth. But recent research into magnetic fields on the Moon could help us design effective radiation shields.
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Living in Space 6: Beyond O’Neill

Living in Space 6: Beyond O’Neill | Space matters | Scoop.it

Work on space colonization has continued to this day – new papers, theories, concepts, and designs for habitats are released every year, and with the sudden interest in asteroid mining, the world is primed for a new look at space colonization.

 

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Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas

Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas | Space matters | Scoop.it
The FAA signed off on SpaceX's plan to build a sic-fi spaceport in Cameron Country, near Brownsville
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Titan Tech: Lightweight Drone Could Explore Saturn Moon

Titan Tech: Lightweight Drone Could Explore Saturn Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
Sailing the soupy atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest natural satellite, an interplanetary balloon could one day release a small drone to explore the moon's swamp-like surface.
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Airbus et d'ex-pilotes de la Nasa lancent un «planeur spatial»

Airbus et d'ex-pilotes de la Nasa lancent un «planeur spatial» | Space matters | Scoop.it
Airbus Group a signé un accord de partenariat financier et technologique avec la société américaine Perlan Project pour soutenir Perlan II, un planeur spatial dont le premier vol d'essais est prévu en 2016.
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Un planeur spatial par @Airbus et d'ex-pilotes de la @NASA qui pourrait voler sur Mars

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3D Printing in Space: Too Out of This World? | Inside3DP.com

3D Printing in Space: Too Out of This World? | Inside3DP.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

We mere earthlings may not get to see it live in action, but regardless the impact could be huge. This August, a team of astronauts with the help of research organization Made In Space will launch a 3D printer to the International Space Station and test out printing conditions under zero gravity. Since its announcement earlier this year, the news prompted zero-gravity 3D printing speak everywhere, with media outlets avidly discussing the possibilities. We joined them ourselves, reporting on possible developments such as 3D printed space food and on-demand printing of spare parts on the moon. The possibilities seemed endless, but unfortunately our hopes may have been too far out of this world.

 


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Le défi chinois du retour d'échantillons lunaires

Le défi chinois du retour d'échantillons lunaires | Space matters | Scoop.it
Un haut dirigeant de l'Agence spatiale chinoise, Wu Weiren, s'est exprimé dans le Quotidien du Peuple. Pêle-mêle, il confirme le lancement de la mission de retour d'échantillons et revient sur les...
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Le Gall: To Beat SpaceX, Europe Needs To Shed Launch Sector’s Excess of Linoleum | SpaceNews.com

Le Gall: To Beat SpaceX, Europe Needs To Shed Launch Sector’s Excess of Linoleum | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

PARIS — Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the French space agency, CNES, used a SpaceX comparison to describe the defects of Europe’s current launch-vehicle sector. Europe’s problem, he said, is an excess of linoleum.

 

“At the ground level you have a linoleum-covered floor where they do rocket production and integration,” Le Gall said of the SpaceX building. “On the next level, with the carpeting, you have the design offices. And on an upper floor you have the sales and marketing team, with the parquet floor. In Europe, we have far too much linoleum.”


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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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The Space Review: The 2nd SPACE Conference examines human exploration and habitation in space

The Space Review: The 2nd SPACE Conference examines human exploration and habitation in space | Space matters | Scoop.it

There are numerous space exploration advocacy groups well-known to readers of this publication, such as The Mars Society, the American Astronautical Society, and the National Space Society. Last month, a lesser-known such organization, the Scientific Preparatory Academy for Cosmic Explorers (SPACE), held its second conference in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference was two-fold: to examine the development of space habitation technology and discussion of the vital need for international space exploration education.

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Nasa's Ellen Stofan interview: 'Our plan is to colonise Mars'

Nasa's Ellen Stofan interview: 'Our plan is to colonise Mars' | Space matters | Scoop.it
Dr Ellen Stofan says that missions to the red planet are a priority of the US space agency – and that the best way to search for extraterrestrial life is by setting up a permanent presence. Interview by Nicola Davis
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Elon Musk "Hopeful" First People Can Be Taken To Mars in 10-12 Years

Elon Musk "Hopeful" First People Can Be Taken To Mars in 10-12 Years | Space matters | Scoop.it
The CEO of SpaceX says humans could visit Mars as soon as 2024.
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How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform?

How Will We Decide Which Planets To Terraform? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Transforming another planet, moon, or other celestial body into a world fit for human habitation may be a key component of our post-Earth survival. But how will we determine which worlds should be terraformed and which should be left alone?
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La NASA teste un impossible moteur sans combustible et il marche !

La NASA teste un impossible moteur sans combustible et il marche ! | Space matters | Scoop.it
L’emDrive de Roger Shawyer est un système de propulsion qui utilise une technologie sans combustible ! Son moteur à micro-onde n'a besoin que d'électricité pour fonctionner.
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La NASA a quand même perdu 10 ans avant d'admettre que le moteur de Roger Shawyer fonctionnait.

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Scotland could host UK spaceport

Scotland could host UK spaceport | Space matters | Scoop.it
The UK government wants to establish a spaceport by 2018, with six of the eight potential locations sited in Scotland.
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This is the Rover of the Future - YouTube

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This could very well be the vehicle that astronauts will drive on Mars

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The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus | Space matters | Scoop.it
Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.
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From India, Proof That a Trip to Mars Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

From India, Proof That a Trip to Mars Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank | Space matters | Scoop.it
India’s recently launched mission to Mars was remarkable for its relatively low cost given the normally sky-high expense of space exploration.
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MANQUE D’ESPACE – Une expédition vers une exoplanète devrait compter au moins 20 000 personnes

MANQUE D’ESPACE – Une expédition vers une exoplanète devrait compter au moins 20 000 personnes | Space matters | Scoop.it
MANQUE D’ESPACE – Une expédition vers une exoplanète devrait compter au moins 20 000 personnes
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"Un argument tout aussi valable, d’après l’étude, s’il s’agissait de se rendre un peu moins loin, sur Mars, où une installation durable demanderait elle aussi un très large champ de compétences, balayant l’idée d’une équipe de pionniers réduite au stricte minimum."

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Projet Tango : les smartphones 3D de Google vont explorer l’ISS

Projet Tango : les smartphones 3D de Google vont explorer l’ISS | Space matters | Scoop.it

La Station spatiale internationale vient de recevoir deux smartphones développés par Google dans le cadre de son projet expérimental Tango. Grâce à leur capacité de modélisation en 3D, ils vont servir à cartographier l’intérieur de l’ISS puis seront ensuite connectés aux Spheres, des petits robots cubiques autonomes, qui vont pouvoir naviguer dans la station et accomplir certaines tâches pour assister les astronautes.

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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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