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The Evolution of the Spacesuit

The Evolution of the Spacesuit | Space matters | Scoop.it
Like all fashion, the spacesuit is subject to change. Early designs grew out of the pressurized suits worn by trailblazing pilots in hot air balloons and airplanes.
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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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The Space Review: The beginning of a new era—but which one?

The Space Review: The beginning of a new era—but which one? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Some argue that spending money on Orion or SLS now is a misplaced use of resources. “The Orion program, along with the Space Launch System, actively assures that billions are lost that should go to the basic R&D that’s really needed to get to Mars,” said space industry analyst Charles Lurio

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The Space Review: The promises and perils of space-based additive manufacturing

The Space Review: The promises and perils of space-based additive manufacturing | Space matters | Scoop.it
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An Astronaut Reveals What Life in Space Is Really Like | WIRED

An Astronaut Reveals What Life in Space Is Really Like | WIRED | Space matters | Scoop.it
Dan Winters There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” kind of feeling. But I’ve spent a total of 55 days in space, over the course of…
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What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company | Space matters | Scoop.it

The Space Exploration Technology rocket factory is a large, white hangar-like building near Los Angeles international airport, with a parking lot filled with late-model motorcycles and Tesla electric cars. The vast metal structure once churned out 737 fuselages for Boeing. When you get through the front doors, past security and a cubicle farm stretching the width of the building, there it is: Science fiction being wrought into shape, right in front of you.


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Everything you need to know about SpaceX"s genesis and challenges.

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A well-written mini-biography of SpaceX. For a more detailed account, read Stewart Money's "Here Be Dragons."

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Robotic Rock Climbers Could Aid Hunt for Mars Life

Robotic Rock Climbers Could Aid Hunt for Mars Life | Space matters | Scoop.it
A robot that can scale the faces of steep cliffs might one day help explore Mars and find signs of life.
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White House Seeks Advice On "Bootstrapping A Solar System Civilization"

White House Seeks Advice On "Bootstrapping A Solar System Civilization" | Space matters | Scoop.it
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is planning ahead — way ahead. The agency wants you to email ideas for how "the Administration, the private sector, philanthropists, the research community and storytellers" can develop "massless" space exploration and a robust civilization beyond Earth.
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Watch the Synthetic Leaf Creator Explain How We Could Colonize Space

Watch the Synthetic Leaf Creator Explain How We Could Colonize Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri has developed a "man-made biological leaf," made from chloroplasts and a silk product, that produces oxygen the same way a real plant does. As Melchiorri explains in the video, that could be a boon for space exploration.
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Life On The Space Station Is A Surreal Astronaut Buddy-Movie

Life On The Space Station Is A Surreal Astronaut Buddy-Movie | Space matters | Scoop.it
Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Alex Gerst continue enacting the real-life space buddy-movie we never knew we always wanted. From sticking a video camera inside a water bubble in microgravity to carefully measuring out their living quarters, they supply a steady stream of surreal reality from the space station.
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Copernical - New idea for transporting spacecraft could ease trip to Mars

Copernical - New idea for transporting spacecraft could ease trip to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

The Hohmann transfer is a highly effective move -- road-tested and reliable. But it is expensive and time specific. Launches are limited to a brief window when the orbit and rotation of Earth and Mars are just right.

Ballistic capture, on the other hand, would allow a more flexible launch window. It would also do away with the fuel-guzzling that Hohmann's high-speed braking requires. Instead of rocketing straight at Mars, a ballistic capture technique would see the spacecraft launched out ahead of Mars' orbital path. It would gradually slow and hold in place, waiting for Mars to swing by -- the Martian gravity pulling the craft into orbit as it approached.

 
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Meet the Twins Unlocking the Secrets of Space

Meet the Twins Unlocking the Secrets of Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Kelly brothers—one in orbit and one on earth—will help us learn how humans are changed by life in space
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Everything old is new again | The Space Review

Everything old is new again | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

The flight of Orion looked, to some, like a throwback to the capsules of the 1960s. Andre Bormanis says that the rationales for human space exploration, by contrast, can’t look back to the past but instead embrace the capabilities of today and tomorrow.


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Andre Bormanis applauds the achievements of the team that sent Orion into space last Friday. It thrilled him to see a vehicle capable of taking humans beyond LEO for the first time in over forty years pass its first real test so spectacularly. And certainly it’s a promising step in the direction of getting astronauts to the vicinity of Mars and back home. But if the Orion capsule is ever going to be put to its intended use, the President, Congress, and NASA needs to seriously re-think the role of humans in space, taking into account the ever-advancing capabilities in robotics and telepresence that will be available in the 2030s, probably the earliest timeframe in which a human mission to Mars might be undertaken. A program based on fifty-year-old mission plans and romantic nostalgia has little if any chance of being realized. The strategies of the past will not help us achieve the goals of the future.

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How will astronauts control the Orion spaceship? (+video)

How will astronauts control the Orion spaceship? (+video) | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA’s Orion spacecraft – set for a test flight on Thursday – is to include a touchscreen-enabled 'glass cockpit' that will save on fuel.
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Tourisme spatial, l'incroyable projet français

Tourisme spatial, l'incroyable projet français | Space matters | Scoop.it
L'institut européen du tourisme spatial et une agence de voyages spécialisée représentant de Virgin Galactic veulent créer un parc d'attractions qui proposerait notamment des vols suborbitaux, des vols en ballon stratosphérique, des vols en apesanteur...
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Space startups aim to get rich on emerging commercial space industry

Space startups aim to get rich on emerging commercial space industry | Space matters | Scoop.it

Today the first company that comes to mind when you think of commercial space is SpaceX, which has multibillion dollar contracts with NASA. But there are many other companies in the emerging space economy. Scrappy startups with big visions and ideas that could revolutionize the commercial industry. As launches get cheaper and technology gets smaller, it’s now possible to get in on an industry that was once reserved for superpowers with superbudgets. Today tech billionaires and venture capitalists are pumping money into these startups, many of which are in Silicon Valley.


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Slingshot to the Stars

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Back in the 1970s, Peter Glaser patented a solar power satellite that would supply energy from space to the Earth, one involving space platforms whose cost was one of many issues that put the brakes on the idea, although NASA
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As we continue to explore tiny devices that build subsequent machines, we can look toward expanding from colonization of our own Solar System into the problems of interstellar transfer.

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The Space Review: Destination Deimos (part 2)

The Space Review: Destination Deimos (part 2) | Space matters | Scoop.it

The Aquarius concept is only one potential solution to practical interplanetary human spaceflight. Innovative synergistic mission architectures can bring into the realm of feasibility missions and destinations otherwise beyond the cusp of current capabilities.

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The Space Review: Destination Deimos (part 1)

The Space Review: Destination Deimos (part 1) | Space matters | Scoop.it

Mars remains the beacon for human exploration. Generations of science fiction writers and multiple successful space probes and rovers have established Mars in the core of our collective consciousness. More than any other place, Mars beckons humanity. Although an eventual human landing on Mars is inevitable, most experts agree it is currently a bridge too far. However, there is an alternate path to Mars, one that not only has intrinsic value itself, but also one that would enable the first wave of human visitors to the Mars system to conduct extensive “humans-in-the-loop” real-time telerobotic exploration of the Martian surface from a natural staging area: the Red Planet’s outer moon Deimos.

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3D flight over chaotic terrain

3D flight over chaotic terrain | Space matters | Scoop.it

Blockbuster 3D movies can be tremendously disappointing. But you know what's not disappointing at all? This video that lets you fly across a Martian chaos terrain, in 3D. 

 

The brief flight comes to us courtesy of the ESA, who used footage from their Mars Express Orbiter to give us a taste of what it would be like to buzz the tops of the Hydraotes Chaos. 

 

Chaos terrain was an excellent choice of landscape, in part because the mix of peak and mountains laid out seemingly at random is certainly a dramatic choice for an up-close flight. But it's also because, unlike many Martian landscapes that offer a slightly twisted version of something we might see on Earth, chaos terrains have no Earthly equivalent (with the notable exception, perhaps, of a slightly burned meringue) making this flight not only exciting, but uncommon.

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Future Astronauts Might Walk, Not Hop, On The Moon

Future Astronauts Might Walk, Not Hop, On The Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
Why do astronauts hop on the moon? After carefully watching hapless volunteers use a treadmill under variable gravity, researchers think it had more to do with the stiffness of spacesuits than anything else.
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The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space

The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Forget buying a stairway to heaven. Serious people are trying to build an elevator to space.
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Copernical - Australian university students aim to generate first 'breathable' air on Mars

Copernical - Australian university students aim to generate first 'breathable' air on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia (XNA) Dec 18, 2014 A Mars One astronaut candidate and a team of Western Australian students aiming to generate the first breathab...
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LiftPort Lunar based Space Elevator concept. - YouTube

Students at Glasgow Caledonian University, School of Engineering and Built Environment, created this animated simulation of the deployment of a lunar space elevator.

 

 

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Mars attaque: Entretien - Où en est-on de l'Europe spatiale ? avec Guilhem Penent

Mars attaque: Entretien - Où en est-on de l'Europe spatiale ? avec Guilhem Penent | Space matters | Scoop.it
Cet entretien avec Guilhem Penent, doctorant en sciences politiques, chercheur associé à l'IFRI, rédacteur du blog De la Terre à la Lune et auteur du récent L’Europe spatiale : le déclin ou le sursaut (Edition Argos), a été réalisé en collaboration avec le blog Ultima Ratio.  Quelques jours après la décision politique du lancement du lanceur Ariane 6 d'ici 2020, il développe quelques unes des grandes problématiques de l'Europe spatiale, civile et militaire, secteur où la France tient encore aujourd'hui l'un des rôles majeurs.
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How 3D Printing Could Aid Space Exploration

How 3D Printing Could Aid Space Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part today (Nov. 21). The milestone moment marks a big step toward a future in which humanity explores far beyond its home planet, some experts say.
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