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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 to colonize Mars

How to colonize Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Ambitious plans to settle the red planet may conflict with international law. Sara Bruhns and Jacob Haqq-Misra suggest an alternative approach.
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Mars Astronauts: Don't Care Where, Just Don't Kill Us : DNews

Mars Astronauts: Don't Care Where, Just Don't Kill Us : DNews | Space matters | Scoop.it
When considering landing sites on Mars, NASA astronauts say they don’t care where they go -- just don't kill them.
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How asteroid mining can allow us to travel to space | Nina Hooper | TEDxHarvardCollege | YouTube

 

Imagine a world with ubiquitous, affordable space travel, where getting in a spaceship is no stranger than getting in an airplane. Harvard undergraduate Nina Hooper, an astrophysics student, shows how mining asteroids for platinum could be the way to make space travel cheap and accessible to civilians.

Nina Hooper is a Harvard College student from Melbourne, Australia studying astrophysics. She loves traveling and adventure and
is working towards what she believes is the ultimate adventure - going to space. She is also a private pilot, a songwriter and a major foodie. Nina intends to pursue a graduate degree in aerospace and astrospace engineering either in the US or UK.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


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A superconducting shield to protect astronauts

A superconducting shield to protect astronauts | Space matters | Scoop.it
The CERN Superconductors team in the Technology department is involved in the European Space Radiation Superconducting Shield (SR2S) project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using superconducting magnetic shielding technology to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation in the space environment. The material that will be used in the superconductor [...]
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Space Debris Could Trap Humans on Earth, Prevent Space Exploration

Space Debris Could Trap Humans on Earth, Prevent Space Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
As if traffic jams on earth weren't enough, humans have created traffic jams in space with satellites and pieces of satellites.
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SpaceX's Elon Musk wants to send humans to start colonizing Mars by 2025

SpaceX's Elon Musk wants to send humans to start colonizing Mars by 2025 | Space matters | Scoop.it
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he will announce plans for a Mars-bound spacecraft later this year, with goals of sending humans to the Red Planet by 2025.
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The Space Review: NASA’s Journey to Mars and ESA’s Moon Village enable each other

The Space Review: NASA’s Journey to Mars and ESA’s Moon Village enable each other | Space matters | Scoop.it
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Destination: Moon

 

Published on Jan 19, 2015

This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA’s vision of what Lunar exploration could be.


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3-D printer makes hardware out of real asteroid metal

3-D printer makes hardware out of real asteroid metal | Space matters | Scoop.it

A palm-sized prototype spacecraft is the first geometric object to be 3-D printed from asteroid metal, Redmond-based Planetary Resources says.


The shiny object is being shown off at the International CES show in Las Vegas to boost Planetary Resources’ vision of mining precious materlals from near-Earth asteroids. The feat also gives a boost to 3D Systems’ direct metal printer.

“It’s really an eye-opener for people,” Planetary Resources’ president and CEO, Chris Lewicki, told GeekWire.


How was it done? First, find an asteroid. You don’t need to leave Earth to do that. Planetary Resources took advantage of the metal from a meteorite that was found at the Campo del Cielo impact site in Argentina. The ingredients include iron, nickel and cobalt – the same stuff found in refinery-grade steel.


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I wonder what the largest object is that has been printed using this technology.

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Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work | SpaceNews.com

Spending Bill To Accelerate NASA Habitation Module Work | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — An omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this month directs NASA to accelerate work on a habitation module that could be used for future deep space missions, although how NASA will implement that direction is unclear.

The report accompanying the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill instructs NASA to spend at least $55 million on a “habitation augmentation module” to support the agency’s exploration efforts. The money would come from the Advanced Exploration Systems program, part of the Exploration Research and Development line item in the budget that received $350 million in the bill.

“NASA shall develop a prototype deep space habitation module within the advanced exploration systems program no later than 2018,” the report states. It also requires NASA to provide Congress with a report within 180 days of the bill’s enactment on the status of the program and how it has spent the funds provided.


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Mars: Une maison spatiale préfabriquée présentée à Strasbourg

Mars: Une maison spatiale préfabriquée présentée à Strasbourg | Space matters | Scoop.it
Cette grosse capsule dépliable ne contient que le minimum : deux lits, des toilettes et un système de recyclage de l’air et de l’eau. Elle s’appelle SHEE (pour « Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments », c’est-à-dire « habitat autodéployable pour...
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U.S. opens door to space mining, but it could lead to international law violations

U.S. opens door to space mining, but it could lead to international law violations | Space matters | Scoop.it
U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation on Wednesday providing a framework for space companies to mine ore from asteroids and other bodies, but legal critics are worried the measure could lead to violations of international law.
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Will We Stop at Mars?

Will We Stop at Mars? | Space matters | Scoop.it
In the heady days of Apollo, Mars by 2000 looked entirely feasible. Now we’re talking about the 2030s for manned exploration, and even that target seems to keep receding. In the review that follows, Michael Michaud looks at Louis Friedman’s
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Comparing Fiction and Fact: An Astronaut Talks About Life on the Space Station

Comparing Fiction and Fact: An Astronaut Talks About Life on the Space Station | Space matters | Scoop.it
Is living in space like it's depicted in science fiction? Not really, as you'll hear from Sam Cristoforetti, who lived on the space station for six months.
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L’Islande retrouve un intérêt stratégique et militaire

L’Islande retrouve un intérêt stratégique et militaire | Space matters | Scoop.it
Ceux qui ont lu "Tempête rouge" de Tom Clancy le savent bien : l'Islande occupe une position stratégique dans le nord de l'Europe. D'où la formule du génér
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In space no one can hear you dream | The Space Review

In space no one can hear you dream | The Space Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

Space advocates have long desired a realistic portrayal of space settlement to build support for their cause. Dwayne Day says the TV series The Expanse may be the most realistic such show to date, but one that is hardly going to get viewers to embrace advocates’ space settlement vision.


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Objectif Lune pour l'Europe et la Chine

Objectif Lune pour l'Europe et la Chine | Space matters | Scoop.it
Après avoir été relativement délaissé, l'intérêt pour l'exploration de notre satellite a été relancé. La Chine et l'Europe sont les principaux moteurs de cette nouvelle ambition.
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We're Entering a Golden Age of Space Tourism Propaganda [Updated]

We're Entering a Golden Age of Space Tourism Propaganda [Updated] | Space matters | Scoop.it
Whether they’re selling tickets to orbit or making sure the science funding keeps flowing, rocket companies and space agencies alike have a vested interest in getting the public jazzed about the cosmic beyond. So it’s no surprise that we’re now entering a golden age of space tourism propaganda—one that’s bringing back the beloved, classic design elements of long-past atomic age propaganda.
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...and we should be happy for it !

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Chris Hadfield: ISS commander on colonising the Moon (Wired UK)

Chris Hadfield: ISS commander on colonising the Moon (Wired UK) | Space matters | Scoop.it
Chris Hadfield spent 166 days in space and spacewalked for almost 15 hours -- but he's eager for humans to venture further
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Space Habitats Beyond LEO: A Short Step Towards the Stars

Space Habitats Beyond LEO: A Short Step Towards the Stars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Building a space infrastructure is doubtless a prerequisite for interstellar flight. But the questions we need to answer in the near-term are vital. Even to get to Mars, we subject our astronauts to radiation and prolonged weightlessness. For that matter,
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Lune et colonisation de Mars : la Russie abandonne certains projets

Lune et colonisation de Mars : la Russie abandonne certains projets | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le secteur spatial russe est en pleine mutation. En réorganisant tout son secteur spatial, la Russie veut en finir avec ses échecs à répétition qui brouillent son image auprès de ses partenaires...
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Speculation mounts over Elon Musk's Mars plan

Speculation mounts over Elon Musk's Mars plan | Space matters | Scoop.it

In the wake of SpaceX’s successful rocket landing, some of the company’s most ardent fans are guessing at the shape of the biggest thing to come: the Mars Colonial Transporter.

The MCT is a crucial piece in SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s grand plan to send tens of thousands of colonists to the Red Planet, potentially starting in the next decade or two. Such a venture would mark a giant leap toward establishing a second cosmic home for humanity. Musk believes that’s a must if we’re to guard against extinction due to pandemics, asteroid strikes or other planet-wide catastrophes.


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Quietly, NASA is reconsidering the moon as a destination

Quietly, NASA is reconsidering the moon as a destination | Space matters | Scoop.it
Despite a declaration from President Barack Obama that the moon is not a planned destination for American astronauts, senior NASA engineers have quietly begun reconsidering it as a staging point for an eventual mission to Mars. [...] Gerstenmaier believes large amounts of ice at the lunar poles may provide an important reservoir of oxygen and hydrogen fuel to propel rockets and spaceships across the 40 million miles of space to Mars. NASA officials have begun talking about an "Evolvable Mars Campaign," which recognizes the technical and financial challenges of reaching Mars, and the likelihood that the United States would not support an all-out, Apollo-like plan. [...] the moon-then-Mars pathway would also find support in Congress, which has been reluctant to support NASA's asteroid-then-Mars pathway. Benefits to Houston center [...] much of NASA's renewed assessment of the moon has flown under the radar, but engineers familiar with the agency's work say the lunar option is being kept open for when it's more politically acceptable. Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said the moon offers NASA the best opportunity to maintain a robust exploration program after the International Space Station, while also easing the formidable task of sending humans to Mars.
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