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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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Are We Really Ready for Mars?

Are We Really Ready for Mars? | Space matters | Scoop.it
A biomedical knowledge gap stands in the way of successfully sending humans to Mars.

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Mars Rover 2050, à la conquête de la planète rouge

Mars Rover 2050, à la conquête de la planète rouge | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pour partir à la conquête de la planète rouge en l’an 2050, le designer Kevin Bickham a imaginé un concept de véhicule d’exploration nommé tout simplement Mars Rover 2050.
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Cameron's Dive: Lessons for Mars Sample Return?

Read about James Cameron's March 2012 record breaking deep ocean dive in the Mariana Trench where he was unable to retrieve rock and animals samples as plannned, and what his mission may foretell about trying to return samples from Mars.
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Quand la France rêve d’espace

Quand la France rêve d’espace | Space matters | Scoop.it

France 2 et Michel Drucker proposent « une nuit dans l’espace » ce soir à partir de 20h35. L’animateur vedette de France 2 y célèbrera les 50 ans de la conquête spatiale française et européenne au cours d’une émission exceptionnelle.

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An infographic depicting every manned American space mission

An infographic depicting every manned American space mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
Between 1961 and 2011, the U.S. launched 166 manned missions to space. This infographic, created by the artists at mgmt. design, depicts every last one of them.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson demands we dream of space again

#Penny4NASA http://penny4nasa.org/Penny4NASA/Home.html The intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier and is focus...
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Elon Musk Says Ticket to Mars Will Cost $500,000

Elon Musk Says Ticket to Mars Will Cost $500,000 | Space matters | Scoop.it

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a plan for trips to Mars that will eventually cost just $500,000 per seat. Musk founded SpaceX 10 years ago and interplanetary travel has always been one of his goals for the company. Few details were provided about the Martian voyage, but Musk did say we can expect to hear more about the plan in less than a year.

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NASA Eyes Mock Mars Mission on Space Station

NASA Eyes Mock Mars Mission on Space Station | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA is considering a plan to stage a simulated Mars mission in space using the International Space Station.

 

While NASA is starting to work toward a practice run for the trip to Mars, space station managers don't know exactly when they plan to carry it out, Suffredini said.

"It won't be in the near future," he said. "It's probably not reasonable to expect us to be able to do this sooner than two or three years from now."

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The Space Review: Towards a European multitask space vehicle

The Space Review: Towards a European multitask space vehicle | Space matters | Scoop.it

The APEX could be useful for future international spaceflight missions. It could help to assemble spacecraft in Earth orbit for lunar or Mars exploration missions. Its technologies could also be used in Martian orbit to retrieve samples collected from the surface of the Red Planet by future missions.

 

NASA would rather that ESA contribute to developing its Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), but France will reject this option since it will not spur sufficiently innovation in Europe.

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Could Brazil be the next space superpower?

"Brazil, thanks to its location and initiative, could very well become the planet's spaceport of choice in the late 21st Century.

 

The world's sixth largest economy is making giant leaps to bolster their launch capabilities and joining with several countries to aid in their space efforts."

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Daily Show: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson believes that America has made a tragic misstep by deprioritizing space exploration.
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Life on Mars? Funds for NASA to Find the Answer Fade

Life on Mars? Funds for NASA to Find the Answer Fade | Space matters | Scoop.it
Two ambitious missions that NASA had hoped to launch to Mars, in 2016 and 2018, will be canceled.

 

"Dr. Tyson implored Congress to look beyond the near-term budget travails, noting that of each dollar in taxes sent to Washington, only half a cent is spent on NASA. He told the senators they should double NASA’s budget.

 

“The moment the culture wants to innovate, that penny on a dollar becomes an investment,” Dr. Tyson said, arguing that the nation had benefited greatly from the halo effects of the space program in the 1960s and 1970s and has been coasting since."

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The Most Dangerous Places in the Solar System

The Most Dangerous Places in the Solar System | Space matters | Scoop.it
There are some swell places to visit in the Solar System, but there are also a few places that it might be best to avoid.
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Mirrors in Space for Low-Cost Terrestrial Solar Electric Power at Night

A proposal to only launch ultra thin and light inflatable mirrors (no power conversion, no energy storage, no lasers or masers to transmit the power etc...) and have them redirect sunlight to ground based solar farms at night. Efficiency is the ground based systems efficiency. Can be done at lower orbit 600 miles up with 12 or more satellites. Helps ground based solar get around the storage issue at night. Again best to do it to desert locations without clouds. Also away from places that want to do astronomy or have other impacts of turning the night into day. Just need to get astronomy into space and away from the light. Again get past a critical mass of space based power capability and infrastructure so that it is easy to make 500 MW of lasers for boosting skylon space planes to drive down costs to get to space.

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Time in Space May Alter Astronauts’ Genes

Time in Space May Alter Astronauts’ Genes | Space matters | Scoop.it

Spending long periods at low gravity may alter genes, suggests a new experiment involving a magnet-powered trick used on Earth to simulate weithlessness in space.

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Evidence for Flowing Water on Mars Grows Stronger: Scientific American

Evidence for Flowing Water on Mars Grows Stronger: Scientific American | Space matters | Scoop.it
Liquid remains the leading explanation for newly discovered streaks on Martian slopes...

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Why Human Space Travel?

Why Human Space Travel? | Space matters | Scoop.it

In his first blog about NASA turning to commercial providers for launch vehicles, Richard Garriot explains why we spend money on human exploration of space. Space research is essential and humans in space are an essential part of it.


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10 Moons Every Person Should Know

10 Moons Every Person Should Know | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pretty much everyone can rattle off the names of our solar system's eight (formerly nine) planets, but ask the average person to list some moons and you'll be lucky if they can tell you more than two or three.
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We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction of the cost of rockets

We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction of the cost of rockets | Space matters | Scoop.it
This is Startram, a proposed launch system that would use magnetic levitation trains, a 1000-mile tunnel, and a superconducting cable to reach low Earth orbit.
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Pas d'obstacle au vol du 1er vaisseau spatial privé le 30 avril vers l'ISS

Pas d'obstacle au vol du 1er vaisseau spatial privé le 30 avril vers l'ISS | Space matters | Scoop.it

Les préparatifs en vue du lancement le 30 avril de la capsule Dragon de la société américaine SpaceX vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), une première pour une firme privée, se poursuivent sans problème majeur, selon un responsable de la Nasa.

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La mission européenne ExoMars est sauvée

La mission européenne ExoMars est sauvée | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pour ExoMars, les clignotants repassent au vert. En trouvant un terrain d’entente avec la Russie, l’Agence spatiale européenne sauve sa mission emblématique bien mal engagée après le retrait de la Nasa dans le projet.
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Some Legal and Policy Ramifications of Newt Gingrich’s Plan to Colonize the Moon

Some Legal and Policy Ramifications of Newt Gingrich’s Plan to Colonize the Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it

Suppose that scientists and engineers were to rapidly overcome the technological obstacles to colonizing the Moon. Still, there remains an important legal obstacle.

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SpaceX Balances Dragon Tests With Satellite Launch Pace

SpaceX Balances Dragon Tests With Satellite Launch Pace | Space matters | Scoop.it

SpaceX is working to uncover routine man/machine interface issues between astronauts and its Dragon spacecraft. It is also pressing Falcon 9 rocket engine tests to prevent costly delays in satellite launches that make up 60% of the company’s business.

 

NASA and SpaceX are now targeting an April 30 launch window for liftoff of the first unmanned Dragon cargo flight to the International Space Station.


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NASA - NASA's Orion Moves Closer to Next Giant Leap

NASA - NASA's Orion Moves Closer to Next Giant Leap | Space matters | Scoop.it

The test will launch NASA's Orion spacecraft, without a crew, to an altitude that has not been achieved by a craft intended for human flight since the Apollo lunar landing missions.


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Russia Drafts New Space Exploration Strategy

Russia Drafts New Space Exploration Strategy | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has submitted to the government a draft of a space exploration strategy until 2030, Kommersant business daily reported on Tuesday.
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