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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: Recalling the Mars flagships

The Space Review: Recalling the Mars flagships | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Does anyone in the Administration have a sense of irony? Having Europe turn to Russia because the US is too unreliable a launch partner! That is bad, but not as bad as watching the whole American Mars program coming apart. America's recalling of the solar system flagships is perfectly analogous to Zhu Gaochi’s 15th century recall of China’s flagships."

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SpaceX Wins Preliminary NASA Approval Of Launch Abort System

SpaceX Wins Preliminary NASA Approval Of Launch Abort System | Space matters | Scoop.it
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk testified before lawmakers on Wednesday, seeking to secure funding to develop a replacement for the Space Shuttles that were decommissioned earlier this year.
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NASA Planetary Science Not Being Killed, Says NASA Official

NASA Planetary Science Not Being Killed, Says NASA Official | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Murmurs of disbelief and “say it ain’t so” rippled across social media outlets late Wednesday and early Thursday in reaction to an op-ed by Mars Society President Robert Zubrin, who claimed that “the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program.” The article was published in the Washington Times, and claimed that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was also targeting the space astronomy program “for destruction.” This would all be horrible if true, but the director of NASA’s Planetary Science division, Jim Green assured members of the NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Science subcommittee that it is not."

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ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA

ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA | Space matters | Scoop.it
Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program.

 

Robert Zubrin is head of the Mars Society.

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Des cités dans les nuages ?

Des cités dans les nuages ? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Des cités flottant dans les nuages de géantes gazeuses ? Digne d'un space-opéra. Pourtant, la aussi, la réalité dépassera un jour la fiction. 

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GP - Phobos-Grunt : direction Mars en novembre - CNES

GP - Phobos-Grunt : direction Mars en novembre - CNES | Space matters | Scoop.it
La sonde russe devrait prendre le chemin de la petite lune de Mars le 8 novembre avec plusieurs instruments français à bord. Objectif : déterminer l'origine de Phobos.
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It's time to reconsider the nuclear option for spaceflight

It's time to reconsider the nuclear option for spaceflight | Space matters | Scoop.it

Despite the fact a nuclear powered rocket would be better, faster, more powerful and less expensive than existing rocket technology, public opposition to anything with the word "nuclear" in it, has been too strong to overcome. With a fleet of nuclear powered spaceships we could establish permanent human colonies on Mars, Venus, even the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, with ease; we could explore the Kuiper belt and mine asteroids for precious minerals. Also, had we spent the past few decades refining and improving nuclear powered rocket technology instead of wasting money on chemical rockets we would be thinking about exploring beyond the edge of our solar system, possibly planning missions to nearby star systems, rather than wondering how we will get an astronaut to the International Space Station.

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Virgin Galactic Space Tourists to Get James Bond-style Flight Suits

Virgin Galactic Space Tourists to Get James Bond-style Flight Suits | Space matters | Scoop.it
Commercial space firm Virgin Galactic has picked flight suits to be worn by its space tourists when they launch on its suborbital SpaceShipTwo space planes in the coming years.
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Space Solar Power - by Futurist David Houle

Futurist David Houle discusses Space Solar Power, the big idea that could largely replace fossil fuels...

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Spirou et le retour sur la Lune

Spirou et le retour sur la Lune | Space matters | Scoop.it

"A l'occasion de la sortie du 52e album de Spirou et Fantasio, "La face cachée du Z", dans lequel les héros sont transportés sur la Lune par leur ennemi Zorglub, Marc Toussaint, ingénieur système des techniques spatiales et des lanceurs à l'ESA, répond à la question du retour sur la Lune."

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Science fiction writers have a job, and it's time to do it, says Neal Stephenson

Science fiction writers have a job, and it's time to do it, says Neal Stephenson | Space matters | Scoop.it

"SF needs to stop mucking around with steampunk and dystopia, and start making decent roadmaps for a future where we all want to live like, say... Mars bases."

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Towards a lander for Jupiter's moon Europa ?

Towards a lander for Jupiter's moon Europa ? | Space matters | Scoop.it

"The Europa Science Definition Team (SDT) has been tasked by NASA Headquarters to consider a lander option for Europa."

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Returning from the moon

Returning from the moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
HERE'S A nice story for business travellers frustrated by paperwork: when the Apollo 11 astronauts returned from the moon, they filled out a customs form and declared their cargo.
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HowStuffWorks "Valuable Asteroid Resources"

HowStuffWorks "Valuable Asteroid Resources" | Space matters | Scoop.it

Ok, les astéroïdes sont à la mode. Mais comment peut-on en exploiter un ?


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Quel avenir pour la recherche spatiale ?

Quel avenir pour la recherche spatiale ? | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Le contribuable européen dépense 9 fois moins qu'un Américain dans l'espace" d'après le directeur de l'ESA.

 

Dans les mots de M. Dordain, j'aurais préféré lire "investit" plutôt que "dépense".

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Future Moon colonies could be powered by titanium

Future Moon colonies could be powered by titanium | Space matters | Scoop.it
Scientists examining Hubble Telescope images of the Moon recently noticed what looked like titanium deposits all around the 1972 Apollo 17 landing site.
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6 Guys in a Capsule: 520 Days on a Simulated Mars Mission

6 Guys in a Capsule: 520 Days on a Simulated Mars Mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
Are we there yet? Psychologists watch the events inside a spaceship on closed-circuit monitors 24/7. Here's what the extreme, extended isolation of a simulated mission to Mars does to the body and mind.

 

“I believe in a humankind that is space-faring, that expands its frontiers. I believe we cannot risk losing everything we have done by putting all our eggs in one basket—Earth. “ Diego Urbina, Mars500.

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NASA Admin Says World Cooperation Keeps Space Costs Down

NASA Admin Says World Cooperation Keeps Space Costs Down | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Keeping costs down is the key challenge for NASA and other space agencies around the world" (NASA Administrator Charles Bolden)

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ISS Now Has Live Access to the Internet

ISS Now Has Live Access to the Internet | Space matters | Scoop.it
Talk about a truly ‘world-wide’ web! As the astronauts aboard the International Space Station orbit Earth at 28,000 kph (17,500 mph) they now have the ultimate wireless connection and direct, live access to the internet.
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Virgin’s delays hardly surprising (and not necessarily as long as WSJ claims)

Virgin’s delays hardly surprising (and not necessarily as long as WSJ claims) | Space matters | Scoop.it

Les soucis de Richard Branson avec Virgin Galactic commencent à se voir...

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Virgin Galactic Selects First Commercial Astronaut Pilot From Competition

Virgin Galactic Selects First Commercial Astronaut Pilot From Competition | Space matters | Scoop.it

Ca bouge enfin du côté de Richard Branson. Maintenant, ils recrutent des pilotes. A surveiller...

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Essential packing list for outer space

Essential packing list for outer space | Space matters | Scoop.it

Ok, you've booked your flight to space. What's in your bag ?

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Russian scientists want to join Europe's ExoMars mission

Russian scientists want to join Europe's ExoMars mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russian scientists want to join European Space Agency's ExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) mission to study the Red Planet, a leading Russian space researcher said.
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Shuttle's last spacewalker: 'Gravity is an option' - space - 25 October 2011 - New Scientist

Shuttle's last spacewalker: 'Gravity is an option' - space - 25 October 2011 - New Scientist | Space matters | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Greg Chamitoff went on the last-ever spacewalk by shuttle astronauts.

 

Une description de la vie dans ISS par l'un des derniers astronautes à avoir volé en navette spatiale.

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NASA Lauds Progress of Commercial Space Companies Ahead of Hearing | SpaceNews.com

NASA Lauds Progress of Commercial Space Companies Ahead of Hearing | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — On the eve of a congressional hearing on its effort to nurture privately owned vehicles for ferrying astronauts to the international space station, NASA issued a report saying four companies receiving federal funding under the agency’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) 2 program are making “substantial progress toward achieving crewed spaceflight in the middle of the decade.”

 

“In just six short months since the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 partners were selected, they have completed 21 of the 57 planned milestones,” NASA said in the Oct. 25 report. The milestones, representing a total of $32.4 million in federal funding, include airbag drop tests of Boeing’s proposed CST-100 capsule and various technical reviews of other planned crew-carrying vehicles.


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