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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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China’s Divine Space Plane? | Flashpoints

China’s Divine Space Plane? | Flashpoints | Space matters | Scoop.it
China appears set to join the U.S.in a very exclusive club of countries with so-called “space planes.”...
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ESA Favors Upgrading Orion over Building In orbit Service Tug | SpaceNews.com

ESA Favors Upgrading Orion over Building In orbit Service Tug | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
The ESA is proposing development of a module to power NASA’s Orion crew transport vehicle.
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Is Our Time in Outer Space Finally At-Hand?

Is Our Time in Outer Space Finally At-Hand? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Last week it was asteroid mining, as Peter Diamandis and his partners showed us their bold new venture, Planetary Resources, aiming eventually to start harvesting trillions of dollars worth of materials that would then no longer have to be ripped out of Mother Earth.

 

This glimpse of a vigorously bold and can-do future provoked The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart to comment, “Do you know how rarely the news in 2012 looks and sounds how you thought news would look and sound like in 2012?” to fervent approval from his audience. Having worked in this area 30 years ago, I was thrilled to see this forward-looking initiative finally get rolling in my lifetime. Oh, but also… to see it completed…


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JUICE : prochaine grande mission scientifique de l’Europe

JUICE : prochaine grande mission scientifique de l’Europe | Space matters | Scoop.it
L’ESA vient d’annoncer que les lunes glacées de Jupiter constituent l’objectif de la prochaine grande mission scientifique de l’Europe.
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James Cameron compares deep sea to outer space in adventure tale

James Cameron compares deep sea to outer space in adventure tale | Space matters | Scoop.it

More than a month after his record-setting solo dive to the bottom of the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron is fleshing out his adventure tale with personal details as well as comparisons to another one of his passions — space exploration.

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Why the US Can Beat China: A SpaceX Story

Why the US Can Beat China: A SpaceX Story | Space matters | Scoop.it
A letter from Elon Musk: Whenever someone proposes to do something that has never been done before, there will always be skeptics. So when I started SpaceX, it was not surprising when people said w...
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Something for the Moon?

Something for the Moon? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Teams competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE have put out a call for lunar scientists to help them design science payloads for their rovers and landers.

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Leadership By Default | Harvard International Review

Leadership By Default | Harvard International Review | Space matters | Scoop.it

Human space exploration likely to be enabled, if not driven by, international cooperation.

 

What a surprise ! How long did it take for this idea to come up to their minds ?

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Planetary Resources seeks to develop propellant depots as well

Planetary Resources seeks to develop propellant depots as well | Space matters | Scoop.it

Propellant depots have been an area of interest in recent years as a way to lower launch costs by allowing spacecraft to launch “dry”—that is, with empty tanks—and then gas up in space; or, to refuel their tanks to extend their missions. For propellant depots to work, though, the cost of bringing the propellant up separately and operating the depots would have to be less that simply launching fully-fueled spacecraft on larger rockets. Depot advocates in the past have suggested that supplying depots with relatively inexpensive propellants could be an ideal market for new, untried low-cost launch vehicles, particularly reusable launch vehicles.

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WSU astrobiologist proposes fleet of probes to seek life on Mars | SpaceRef

WSU astrobiologist proposes fleet of probes to seek life on Mars | SpaceRef | Space matters | Scoop.it

A Washington State University astrobiologist is leading a group of 20 scientists in calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component." At the heart of their proposal is a small fleet of sensor packages that can punch into the Martian soil and run a range of tests for signs of

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Boeing's Private Space Capsule: CST-100 (Infographic)

Boeing's Private Space Capsule: CST-100 (Infographic) | Space matters | Scoop.it
Boeing is developing the CST-100 space capsule to ferry astronauts into Earth orbit and the International Space Station.
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Objectif Mars pour six élèves officiers

Objectif Mars pour six élèves officiers | Space matters | Scoop.it

Six Space Cadets (élèves officier de « l’espace ») de la promotion Général de Marmier de l’École de l’air ont participé au projet EuroMoonMars en 2012 : les aspirants Baptiste Moeglin, Nicolas Pourquier et Alexandre Richard au sein de l’équipage 113 ainsi que les aspirants Pierrick Darneaux, Thomas Quemin et Yannick Wable au sein de l’équipage 114.

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39 jours pour aller sur Mars | Parmi les étoiles

Tout cela reste forcément très théorique, mais j’ai eu la surprise de découvrir il y a quelques jours que la société Ad Astra Rocket a conçu un moteur magnéto-plasmique permettant de parcourir la distance Terre-Mars en seulement 39 jours! Le président-fondateur de la société est l’astronaute Franklin Chang-Diaz, vétéran de la NASA.

 

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Russia to Send Manned Mission to Moon by 2030

Russia to Send Manned Mission to Moon by 2030 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 30, 2012 -
Russia is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its website on Friday.
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Gingrich ends his campaign, but not his interest in space

On Wednesday, a little over three months after he briefly, if somewhat bizarrely, catapulted space policy to the front lines of the Republican presidential campaign, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich formally suspended his campaign for the White House. In a speech lasting over 20 minutes in a Washington, DC-area hotel, Gingrich suggested he is still interested, and may in some way still be involved, in shaping the space policy debate.

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Plan Aims to Find Mars Life on the Cheap : Discovery News

Plan Aims to Find Mars Life on the Cheap : Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it
Six probes would penetrate planet's surface and sample soil for microbial life.
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Decision on Jupiter space mission

Decision on Jupiter space mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
Delegates to the European Space Agency are expected to approve a billion-euro mission to Jupiter and its icy moons when they meet in Paris on Wednesday.
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Fly Emirates... in space ? Abu Dhabi one competitor in the race to space | The National

Fly Emirates... in space ? Abu Dhabi one competitor in the race to space | The National | Space matters | Scoop.it

"We need to make space accessible just like we conquered the air one century ago," says Abdul Nasser El Hakim, the minister of economic development for the Caribbean island nation of Curaçao, which hopes to have a spaceport by 2014.

 

Yet the task of launching a spacecraft remains a Herculean feat - and building a financially successful launchpad may be harder still.


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Secretive Blue Origin Project Pins Spaceflight Hopes on Reusable Rockets

Secretive Blue Origin Project Pins Spaceflight Hopes on Reusable Rockets | Space matters | Scoop.it
The company is developing manned spaceships for suborbital and orbital flight.
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Alpine and polar lichens could survive on Mars.

Alpine and polar lichens could survive on Mars. | Space matters | Scoop.it

Planetary researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) simulated the conditions on Mars for 34 days and exposed various microorganisms to this environment. "During this period, the lichens and bacteria continued to demonstrate measurable activity and carry out photosynthesis," says Jean-Pierre de Vera, a scientist at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin and head of the Mars simulation project. The microorganisms adapted to this environment, primarily in niches in rocks and in fissures and gaps in the simulated Martian soil. This might be an indication that such adaptation strategies would make life possible in niches on the actual surface of Mars as well.

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Is Asteroid Mining Possible? Study Says Yes, for $2.6 Billion

Is Asteroid Mining Possible? Study Says Yes, for $2.6 Billion | Space matters | Scoop.it

How feasible is asteroid mining? More feasible than you thought!

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Planetary Resources' plan to mine asteroids : Bad Astronomy thinks they can do it

Planetary Resources' plan to mine asteroids : Bad Astronomy thinks they can do it | Space matters | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources, Inc. is not your average startup: its mission is to investigate and eventually mine asteroids in space!

 

These are very, very heavy hitters. Clearly, they’re not screwing around.

 

So what’s the deal?

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A Ride In This Epic 'Space Balloon' Costs Over $150,000

A Ride In This Epic 'Space Balloon' Costs Over $150,000 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Zero2Infinity, a Spanish startup, has entered the space race...with a balloon. Or a "bloon," to be more specific.
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Les astéroïdes sont-ils les ressources minières du futur ? | Slate

Les astéroïdes sont-ils les ressources minières du futur ? | Slate | Space matters | Scoop.it

Avec leurs tonnes de métaux précieux, les astéroïdes qui flottent dans l’espace inspirent les scientifiques, les ingénieurs, les auteurs de science-fiction… Et les milliardaires. Selon le magazine Wired, un groupe de riches entrepreneurs devrait annoncer, mardi 24 avril, la création d’une nouvelle société, Planetary Resources, qui enverra dans l’espace une nuée de robots pour explorer les astéroïdes à la recherche de métaux précieux.

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