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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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Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars

Astronauts Need Flexible Spacesuits for Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars. But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done.
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DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.
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With enough practice turning Earth’s damaged landscapes back into places hospitable for life, Jackson thinks we’ll have what it takes to eventually try to colonize the solar system.

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The Most Important Thing We Will Need to Survive In Space

The Most Important Thing We Will Need to Survive In Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
None of us would be alive today without plants, and if humans want to survive beyond Earth long-term, we’ll need to bring our leafy greens with us. Eventually, astronauts are going to have to become space farmers.
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Millions of miles from Earth, we better get our space ecology right.

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NASA's Exploration Plans Include Living Off the Land

NASA's Exploration Plans Include Living Off the Land | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA engineers and scientists now are developing capabilities needed once astronauts reach destinations such as an asteroid, Mars and the outer planets.
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Project Orion: An atomic ticket to Mars - Redorbit

Project Orion: An atomic ticket to Mars - Redorbit | Space matters | Scoop.it
Project Orion would have used a series of dropped atomic bombs to propel itself upwards - all the way to Mars. Here's the story of how it would work and why it was scrapped.
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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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NASA has already begun trying to figure out where its first Mars astronauts should touch down

NASA has already begun trying to figure out where its first Mars astronauts should touch down | Space matters | Scoop.it
The space agency will hold a workshop in Houston this October to kick off serious discussions about possible landing sites for NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet, which the agency aims to launch by the mid- to late 2030s.
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At the four-day meeting, researchers will propose roughly 62-mile-wide (100 kilometers) "exploration zones" that they believe would be scientifically interesting and possess enough resources, such as subsurface water ice, to support human explorers.

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La Russie veut coloniser la Lune… avec des robots

La Russie veut coloniser la Lune… avec des robots | Space matters | Scoop.it
Les Russes prévoient d’installer, à l’horizon 2037, une base lunaire entièrement robotisée pour exploiter les minéraux, selon l’association russe Lavochkine, présente au salon du Bourget 2015.
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Researchers propose potential new way to maintain communication with hypersonic vehicles in flight

Researchers propose potential new way to maintain communication with hypersonic vehicles in flight | Space matters | Scoop.it
Near the end of the movie Apollo 13, which depicts the harrowing journey of the three astronauts aboard the aborted 1970 lunar mission, the tension mounts in textbook fashion. As the spacecraft hurdles into Earth's atmosphere it is encircled by hot ionized air that cuts off communications with NASA Mission Control in Houston. Each second that the flight controllers' calls for contact remain unanswered is torturously stretched.
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Espace : un avion gonflable pour explorer Vénus ?

Espace : un avion gonflable pour explorer Vénus ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Deux sociétés aérospatiales américaines se sont associées pour mettre au point un concept de véhicule capable de naviguer dans l'atmosphère vénusienne, qu'elles comptent proposer à la NASA pour un lancement vers 2021.
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Mission to Phobos – The precursor to human Mars landing | NASASpaceFlight.com

Mission to Phobos – The precursor to human Mars landing | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
The next great adventures for human space exploration have been touted as missions to asteroids and to the Martian surface. But a new presentation by NASA has
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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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