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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 bake bread in space

How to bake bread in space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Sixteen-year old “citizen scientist” Sam Wilkinson has developed a way to bake fresh bread during long space voyages.
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Miles O'Brien | Journalist

Miles O'Brien | Journalist | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Elon Musk and SpaceX are on a roll. I am glad to see it, but it is worth remembering how risky the space business is. As they say in the financial services industry, “past performance is not a guarantee of future results.” In any case, Musk’s critics owe him something more than silence. He and his team have proven an awful lot with this stunningly successful vanguard run to the ISS.

Perhaps his detractors might want to take a moment to visit the SpaceX factory in Hawthorne, California. It is a hop and a skip from LAX. It is an impressive place.

 

That is where I met Mr. Musk and interviewed him in January for my PBS NewsHour story on SpaceX that aired in April.

 

Below is a transcript of the interview. There is no doubt Musk thinks big. But more importantly, he takes action on his bold dreams. We talked about his vertical manufacturing philosophy, his plans for manned flight, the political battle he and other commercial space companies have endured, and his goal to homestead Mars."

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NASA teams evaluating ISS-built Exploration Platform roadmap | NASASpaceFlight.com

NASA teams evaluating ISS-built Exploration Platform roadmap | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA studies plans to put a little Space Station on Earth-Moon L2, as a gateway to the Solar System

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Kim Stanley Robinson Sees Humans Colonizing the Solar System in 2312

Kim Stanley Robinson Sees Humans Colonizing the Solar System in 2312 | Space matters | Scoop.it

In 1948, George Orwell looked ahead to 1984 and imagined a grim totalitarian world. In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke looked ahead to 2001 and imagi...

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Could SpaceX land the first humans on Mars?

Could SpaceX land the first humans on Mars? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Recently, SpaceX proved that a private company can transport supplies, or maybe even crew, to the ISS. Everybody's saying this is the real beginning of the era of private space travel. But how much further could private companies like SpaceX take us? In particular, could they take us all the way to Mars? With NASA's budget constantly under fire, is there some way that a private corporation could fulfill our common dream of putting human beings on another planet? We decided to ask some experts and find out.

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Do Budget Cuts Mean an End to Flagship Programs? - SpaceRef

Do Budget Cuts Mean an End to Flagship Programs? - SpaceRef | Space matters | Scoop.it

by Marcia S. Smith

 

With Congress preparing to restore $100-150 million of the money the President proposed to cut in FY2013, one almost has to ask what the fuss is all about. The series of missions leading to a Mars sample return in the next decade recommended by the National Research Council (NRC) in last year's planetary science Decadal Survey and NASA's reputation as a partner in international science projects remain at risk, but even those may survive.

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Telerobotics offers third way for space exploration

Telerobotics offers third way for space exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
Letting astronauts control robots on a planet's surface from orbit will give them far more control and make missions more productive...
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Space invaders | Business Reporter

Space invaders | Business Reporter | Space matters | Scoop.it
Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are looking beyond the stars for their next seam of potential profit...
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SpaceX reusable rocket "Grasshopper" to "fly soon"

SpaceX reusable rocket "Grasshopper" to "fly soon" | Space matters | Scoop.it

Elon Musk posted the following today about their Grasshopper VTOL prototype for a reusable first stage.

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Russia and Japan Interested in Moon Exploration

Russia and Japan Interested in Moon Exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia and Japan want to explore the Moon, and in a big way.

 

They're not talking about "repeating what mankind achieved 40 years ago". They're talking about "establishing permanent bases".

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SpaceX developing SuperDraco engine for surface landings

SpaceX developing SuperDraco engine for surface landings | Space matters | Scoop.it

The SuperDraco can generate an impressive 15,000 lbs of thrust (120,000 lbs altogether) – not enough to take off from Earth – but enough to allow the craft to navigate to Mars, land, take off again and then return to Earth and perform a powered landing.

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This Is Lunarcrete, a Building Block for Moon Colonies

This Is Lunarcrete, a Building Block for Moon Colonies | Space matters | Scoop.it
So, you are on the moon and need to build a new structure. As one of the first lucky colonists there, what are you going to use? Lunarcrete of course.
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L'exploration spatiale, source de puissance économique pour le secteur privé français et européen - Portail de l'Intelligence économique

La France est la première puissance spatiale européenne. Son industrie spatiale représente 50 % du chiffre d'affaires européen et 40 % des emplois. Elle est en outre, le premier contributeur de l'Agence spatiale européenne avec plus de 750 millions d'euros par an. Avec Astrium et Thales Alenia Space, deux leaders du secteur sont présents sur son territoire.
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SpaceX Designates Next Four Spaceflight Milestones

SpaceX Designates Next Four Spaceflight Milestones | Space matters | Scoop.it

Having completed a successful International Space Station (ISS) supply demonstration mission, SpaceX (News - Alert) is not resting on its laurels. It has announced four spaceflight milestones on a roadmap that ultimately leads to regularly scheduled manned flights to Mars, each one contributing to a larger and more flexible infrastructure.


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Space economy to boom in China |Economy |chinadaily.com.cn

The successful launch of the Shenzhou Ⅸ spacecraft indicates China’s economic infrastructure and technology have made great progress and the country is ready to explore aerospace economy, reported Economic Information Daily on Monday.
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Group aims for Mars settlement via one-way emigration

Mars One announced its plan to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023. Every two years after that a new crew will join the settlement. Mars One has contacted established aerospace suppliers from around the world that can supply all the mission components, and received letters of interest from these companies. Mars One will involve mankind as the mission’s audience, creating a worldwide media event around the first manned flight to and settlement on Mars.

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NASA Tests Future Mars Landing Technology - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Tests Future Mars Landing Technology - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Space matters | Scoop.it

Future Mars explorers: For the 1st time since '70s, NASA is redesigning parachutes used to land on Red Planet

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Senior Roscosmos JAXA Officials Advocate Lunar Exploration | SpaceNews.com

Senior Roscosmos JAXA Officials Advocate Lunar Exploration | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA is setting its sights on an asteroid as the next big landing destination for astronaut explorers, but senior officials with two of the agency’s international space station (ISS) partners say the Moon should be the goal.

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The Space Review: Funding humans to Mars

The Space Review: Funding humans to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

Frank Stratford is CEO and founder of MarsDrive. His writing is focused on finding solutions to commercial space development with a special focus on how Mars can fit within this context.

 

He proposes a call to action to investigate the technologies, requirements, financing, and revenue potential for a humans to Mars program, looking beyond government funding as the only solution.

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SpaceX: what their successful Dragon flight means

Congratulations to SpaceX for their successful first Dragon flight to the ISS and back to Earth!

 

This is a great achievement. But in and of itself it is only the beginning. It is not yet a breakthrough. It is only a demonstration that a breakthrough is possible...


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Russia Sees Moon Base As Logical Next Step

Russia Sees Moon Base As Logical Next Step | Space matters | Scoop.it

This would require the consensus of the other spacefaring nations in the world, Head of Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin said. He joined Jean-Jacques Dordain, director general of the European Space Agency, and Steve MacLean, president of the Canadian Space Agency, in urging wider cooperation with China in space exploration. NASA is forbidden by Congress from engaging with the Chinese space program.

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Want to go to the Moon? Don't disturb historic sites...learn how

Want to go to the Moon? Don't disturb historic sites...learn how | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA's recommendations to space-faring commercial entities and nations, for spacecraft planning to visit U.S. lunar heritage sites.
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Space Taxis: Next stop Mars? : Discovery News

Space Taxis: Next stop Mars? : Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it

Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies is poised to make a test run to the International Space Station early Tuesday, but visiting the orbital outpost is just the beginning of the company's grand plan to give humanity a toehold on Mars.

 

"Our goal is to revolutionize space transport, so we'll be doing every kind of space transport, except for suborbital. We'll launch satellites of all shapes and sizes, service the space station with cargo and crew, and then the long-term objective is to develop a space transport system that will enable humanity to become a multi-planet species," company founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk said in an interview with SpaceflightNow.com.


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Is sending solar power from space the answer to all our energy needs?

Is sending solar power from space the answer to all our energy needs? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland have made substantial progress toward harnessing the energy of the Sun from space. This solar power from space has the potential to change the future of renewable energy.
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