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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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ABC Nightline: Elon Musk Has Sights Set on Mars

 

Mars rover Curiosity lands on the Red Planet, and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk  is already making plans.

 


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Curiosity's first color photo of Mars is only its second-most exciting photograph yet

Curiosity's first color photo of Mars is only its second-most exciting photograph yet | Space matters | Scoop.it
Behold, the Curiosity rover's first color image of Mars. It's beautiful. Dusty, but beautiful. And yet, it might not even be the second-most exciting photograph we've received from Curiosity since it landed.
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La Nasa encourage le développement de taxis spatiaux

PASADENA, Californie (Reuters) - La Nasa va verser plus d'un milliard de dollars au cours des 21 prochains mois à trois firmes pour le développement de vaisseaux capables de transporter des astronautes vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).

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Autour de Mars, les sondes attendent l'arrivée de Curiosity

Autour de Mars, les sondes attendent l'arrivée de Curiosity | Space matters | Scoop.it
L'arrivée sur Mars du nouveau rover de la Nasa, prévue lundi matin, sera suivie de près par les sondes déjà en orbite sur place, dont l'Européenne Mars Express, qui tourne depuis huit ans autour de la planète rouge.
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China announces plans for moon landing in 2013

China announces plans for moon landing in 2013 | Space matters | Scoop.it

Fox News' picture choice could not be more misleading, for China has announced plans to send an unmanned rocket to the moon in 2013, an effort to further the country’s ambitious space program.

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The biggest avalanches in the solar system happen on Saturn's moon Iapetus

The biggest avalanches in the solar system happen on Saturn's moon Iapetus | Space matters | Scoop.it
Iapetus, already one of the strangest moons in our solar system, just got a little weirder. Images from the Cassini space mission reveal that the mysterious moon is home to massive ice avalanches second in size only to landslides seen on Mars.

 

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China's Growing Space Power

China's Growing Space Power | Space matters | Scoop.it
Frank Klotz writes that China's growing space power has profound implications for America's own interests in space and the much-touted "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region.
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ESA studies future of Europe's launch services

ESA studies future of Europe's launch services | Space matters | Scoop.it

ESA has begun investigating the feasibility of a new approach for European access to space, aimed at making Europe's launch services fully self-sufficient over the long haul. The idea behind this New European Launch Service - NELS - is to deliver competitive launch services to both governmental and private European customers while keeping pace with the rapidly changing worldwide launch market.

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New Site Encourages You to “Get Curious” About Mars Landing

New Site Encourages You to “Get Curious” About Mars Landing | Space matters | Scoop.it

In less than two weeks, the men and women of NASA will sit back with the rest of the world, hold their breath, and see if the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, can complete a successful landing. In the meantime, a campaign encourages you to ‘Get Curious’ by visiting GetCurious.com, where you can learn more about the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, the benefits of space exploration and the unique financial and educational opportunities that exploring Mars will bring to the United States and the rest of the world.

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ATK Completes Final Milestone Under Commercial Crew Space Act Agreement at Parabolic Arc

ATK Completes Final Milestone Under Commercial Crew Space Act Agreement at Parabolic Arc | Space matters | Scoop.it

ARLINGTON, Va., July 17, 2012 (ATK PR) – ATK successfully completed the last Liberty space transportation system milestone under the company’s unfunded Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDev-2).

The final milestone under the SAA was a Program Status Review (PSR) for the Liberty system. During the PSR, the Liberty team presented NASA with detailed progress of the program, including integrated master schedule, DAC cycle status, system requirements, software status, flight test plan, system safety review, ground processing certification plan and schedule for initial operation capability.

The CCDev-2 Liberty SAA enabled NASA and the Liberty team to share technical information related to theLiberty transportation system during the preliminary design review phase of the program. ATK completed five milestones and held three Technical Interchange Meetings, all on internal funding.

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Now Boarding: The Top 10 Private Spaceships

Now Boarding: The Top 10 Private Spaceships | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA retired its iconic space shuttle fleet in 2011, leaving the United States without a homegrown way to get its astronauts and cargo to space. But that should change soon.

 

A new generation of American private spaceships is on the horizon, with their sights set on both orbital and suborbital space. Here's a look at 10 of the most promising crew-carrying commercial craft in development today.


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Concerned about the lack of enthusiasm for space travel? Don't panic!

Concerned about the lack of enthusiasm for space travel? Don't panic! | Space matters | Scoop.it

Science-Fiction author and space travel advocate Sylvia Engdahl explains why the fading appetite for space exploration by the general public and politicians might not be bad news but just a sign that momentum takes time to build for such a massive change in mankind's history.


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India forging ahead with big plans as cabinet clears the Mars mission

India forging ahead with big plans as cabinet clears the Mars mission | Space matters | Scoop.it

When Nasa retired its space shuttle Atlantis last July, The Economist ran a cover story titled 'The end of space age.' Outer space explorations are over, it said, virtually questioning the wisdom of those still having interstellar dreams.

 

A year later, India is raring to go beyond the blueprints of an orbiter around Mars, a rover landing on Moon and a manned space mission. Some call it audacity; Indian space scientists say it's their calling.

 

 

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Carl Sagan's message to future explorers of Mars will cold-clock you right in the touchy feelies

Carl Sagan's message to future explorers of Mars will cold-clock you right in the touchy feelies | Space matters | Scoop.it
A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a moving message which he dedicated to future explorers and settlers of Mars.
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Pourquoi la mission de Curiosity sur Mars est importante | Slate

Pourquoi la mission de Curiosity sur Mars est importante | Slate | Space matters | Scoop.it
A la recherche de traces de vie passée, ce succès vital pour la Nasa confirme le leadership des Etats-Unis dans l'exploration spatiale.
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Autour de Mars, les sondes attendent l'arrivée de Curiosity

Autour de Mars, les sondes attendent l'arrivée de Curiosity | Space matters | Scoop.it
L'arrivée sur Mars du nouveau rover de la Nasa, prévue lundi matin, sera suivie de près par les sondes déjà en orbite sur place, dont l'Européenne Mars Express, qui tourne depuis huit ans autour de la planète rouge.
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NASA almost planted U.N. flag on the moon in 1969 (+video) | The Capitol Column

NASA almost planted U.N. flag on the moon in 1969 (+video) | The Capitol Column | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA almost planted a U.N. flag on the moon instead of an American flag, according to NASA Contractor Report 188251. The U.S. became a signatory to the Outer Space Treaty prior to the Apollo 11 moon landing. Article II of the treaty said that ”outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of occupation, or by any other means.”

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Elon Musk of SpaceX: The goal is Mars

Elon Musk of SpaceX: The goal is Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

As shipments go, it was routine — about half a ton of supplies — except it was delivered by the first commercial flight to the International Space Station. SpaceX partnered with NASA in this new model, the brainchild of Elon Musk, who's behind Tesla electric cars as well. He left South Africa at 17, earned two U.S. undergraduate degrees and then made serial piles of dough pioneering online payment systems, including the one that became PayPal. Musk's persona inspired aspects of Tony Stark in the"Iron Man," but Musk's aspirations seem more like Buzz Lightyear's — to infinity, and beyond.


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Space Launch System formally enters design phase

The rocket is designed specifically to launch a crewed Lockheed Martin Orion capsule on missions outside LEO. While no missions beyond initial test flights have been confirmed, possible destinations include a return to the moon, or trips to Mars or a nearby asteroid.

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Moon Express to fly lunar telescope

Moon Express to fly lunar telescope | Space matters | Scoop.it

(Sen) - Moon Express, one of the leading private companies competing to fly to our natural satellite, is supporting plans to plant a telescope in the lunar soil.

 

The firm is backing the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), which wants to operate an astronomical observatory that would take images of the stars and Earth in pristine conditions, free of any atmospheric turbulence.

 

The telescope - brainchild of US businessman and educator Steve Durst - would broadcast its images back home to support the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program.

 

Moon Express, led by energetic CEO Dr Bob Richards, is one of a field of entrants competing for a cosmic version of an Olympic event - a race to land on the Moon and win the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP).


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Russian space agency considers Jupiter mission

Russian space agency considers Jupiter mission | Space matters | Scoop.it

In its present condition, ESA's JUICE mission to Jupiter does not include the spacecraft's long stay near Europa. That is why Russia has to review the plan of the mission: it should either send a spacecraft to conduct research on the spot, or to send a mission to Ganymede, which is considered to be less promising from the point of view of finding traces of life or conditions for its existence there.

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Independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon and deliver Galaxy Imagery from the lunar surface

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), led by American businessman / educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the Galaxy / Stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program.

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New Skintight Spacesuit Design Unveiled

New Skintight Spacesuit Design Unveiled | Space matters | Scoop.it

Can an engineer bring sexy backto the future?

Dava Newman, a professor of astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, just might if her new space suit design makes it off the launching pad.

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Mars rover is a robot geologist with a lab in its belly

Mars rover is a robot geologist with a lab in its belly | Space matters | Scoop.it
In a matter of days, a geologist unlike any on Earth will venture into alien territory. The rover Curiosity, nearing Mars, has sophisticated tools to help answer the question: Did the Red Planet ever sustain life — and could it today?
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