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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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Best possible space colonization plans to help survive doomsday

Best possible space colonization plans to help survive doomsday | Space matters | Scoop.it

Do we have the capability to move away from planet Earth in case disaster and complete annihilation strike? Can we really colonize other planets? For the moment, the simple answer is ‘no’. But science and technology are evolving rapidly and the day may not be far off when this does become a reality. For now all we have are plans and visions, with some of them being a bit more realistic than others. But all of them attempt to convert alien landscape and hostile conditions into something remotely close to what we can call ‘home’.

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Europe needs to profit from human spaceflight | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 18.04.2012

Europe needs to profit from human spaceflight | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 18.04.2012 | Space matters | Scoop.it
As the final space shuttle lands at a US museum, Europe's top astronaut says keeping humans in space is important for Earth-based research - and that it makes financial sense.
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Billionaire-backed asteroid mining venture starts with space telescopes

Billionaire-backed asteroid mining venture starts with space telescopes | Space matters | Scoop.it

The venture known as Planetary Resources eventually plans to go asteroid mining — but the first step in the billionaire-backed business plan is to launch an orbital fleet of "personal space telescopes" capable of looking out into the heavens or back down on Earth.

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Mars Life Search to Go in High Gear : Discovery News

Mars Life Search to Go in High Gear : Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA wants to pull out of a Europe-led Mars mission and instead plan a fast track to find Martian life.
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A Quixotic Quest to Mine Asteroids

A Quixotic Quest to Mine Asteroids | Space matters | Scoop.it
A new company backed by two Google billionaires Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, film director James Cameron and other space exploration proponents is aiming high in the hunt for natural resources—with mining asteroids the possible target.

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SpaceX sets up safety board to make spaceship astronaut-ready

SpaceX sets up safety board to make spaceship astronaut-ready | Space matters | Scoop.it
Hawthorne rocket venture Space Exploration Technologies Corp.  announced it has assembled a team of independent experts to help the company create a safe spacecraft for NASA astronauts.
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Rare Rain on Titan; Once Every 1,000 Years

Rare Rain on Titan; Once Every 1,000 Years | Space matters | Scoop.it
Even though there are lakes and rivers of liquid hydrocarbons on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, the rains that feed them may come few and far between.
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Boeing's New Crew-Carrying Spaceship Taking Shape

Boeing's New Crew-Carrying Spaceship Taking Shape | Space matters | Scoop.it
The CST-100 capsule could be ready to carry astronauts by 2015.

 

Boeing is also partnering with Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas, Nev., which is developing large and leasable expandable space habitats.

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Existing Rocket Could Launch Private Space Taxis by 2015

Existing Rocket Could Launch Private Space Taxis by 2015 | Space matters | Scoop.it
The Atlas 5 launch vehicle needs about three more years' worth of work before it can carry astronauts.
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Moonandback Interview With Robert Bigelow, part 4 -- Highlights And Plans

In the last of his 4-part interview with MM, Bob Bigelow shares vignettes of his personal highlights running Bigelow Aerospace, mentions some of the other nations who have expressed interest in purchasing Bigelow modules, discusses the current state of buildout of Bigelow Aerospace headquarters, and more.


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New Study Says Asteroid Retrieval and Mining Feasible With Existing and Near-Term Technologies - Parabolic Arc

New Study Says Asteroid Retrieval and Mining Feasible With Existing and Near-Term Technologies - Parabolic Arc | Space matters | Scoop.it

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

 

A new study sponsored by the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) has concluded that it would be possible to return an asteroid weighing approximately 500 metric tons to high lunar orbit where it would be mined for resources by 2025.

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Robot Submarine on Jupiter Moon Europa is 'Holy Grail' Mission for Planetary Science

Robot Submarine on Jupiter Moon Europa is 'Holy Grail' Mission for Planetary Science | Space matters | Scoop.it

Sending a submarine to the bottom of the ocean on Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the most exciting potential mission in planetary science, according to one prominent researcher.

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21st Century Job: Asteroid Miner

X PRIZE Founder/Chairman on his next big venture.


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Tech tycoons in asteroid mining venture

Tech tycoons in asteroid mining venture | Space matters | Scoop.it
Google bosses Larry Page and Eric Schmidt join Avatar director James Cameron in megamillion-dollar plan to make sci-fi reality...
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Moon Express Delivers Lunar Mission Design Report to NASA Detailing technical plans toward mining the Moon for precious planetary resources

Moon Express Delivers Lunar Mission Design Report to NASA Detailing technical plans toward mining the Moon for precious planetary resources | Space matters | Scoop.it

Moon Express has successfully delivered its Preliminary Design Checkpoint Technical Package to NASA under its $10M Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) contract, providing NASA continuing data on the development of the company's commercial lunar robotic missions and plans to mine the Moon for precious planetary resources.

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Planetary Resources’ asteroid-mining project sounds like pure science fiction, but it’s closer than you think

Planetary Resources’ asteroid-mining project sounds like pure science fiction, but it’s closer than you think | Space matters | Scoop.it
Planetary Resources has revealed its asteroid mining plans ahead of its press conference later today, detailing a project that will see the company send unmanned probes into space to extract and deliver rare metals and water back to Earth.
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Humans vs. Robots: Who Should Dominate Space Exploration?

Humans vs. Robots: Who Should Dominate Space Exploration? | Space matters | Scoop.it
The most recent footprints on the moon are 40 years old, and the next artificial mark on the lunar surface will probably be made by a robot...
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Water on moon could fuel future of space exploration

Water on moon could fuel future of space exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
The vast deposits of water ice likely lurking at the moon's poles could be tapped to help spur a sustainable economic and industrial expansion into space, researchers say.
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James Cameron backs space explorers Planetary Resources

James Cameron backs space explorers Planetary Resources | Space matters | Scoop.it

Space exploration company, who are planning a new space venture to 'expand Earth's resource base', names the Titanic director among its 'investor and adviser group'

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NASA Exploration Roadmap: The evaluation of crewed missions to Asteroids

NASA Exploration Roadmap: The evaluation of crewed missions to Asteroids | Space matters | Scoop.it

Classed as one of the defined destinations for NASA astronauts in the mid to late 2020s, missions to a Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) – utilizing the Space Launch System (SLS) – have received a level of technical evaluation via the Exploration Systems Development Division (ESD) Concept Of Operations (Con Ops) document, which overviewed the Initial, Advanced and Full mission capabilities.

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Astrobotic Technology Reveals Design for Robot to Prospect at Moon’s Poles | NASA Lunar Science Institute

Astrobotic Technology Reveals Design for Robot to Prospect at Moon’s Poles | NASA Lunar Science Institute | Space matters | Scoop.it

A powerful Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX will launch Polaris from Cape Canaveral in late October 2015. Four days later Polaris will land during north pole summer, when patches of ground that are in cold shadow most of the year get brief illumination. This is where ice will be found closest to the surface, and when a solar-powered robot will get the sunlight needed to sustain exploration. Polaris will search for ice for the next 12 days until sundown in early November.

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SpaceX's Quest For Rocketry's Holy Grail

SpaceX's Quest For Rocketry's Holy Grail | Space matters | Scoop.it
Re-usable rockets, Space Station deliveries and missions to Mars are part of the vision for commercial space pioneer and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The rocket mogul talks about his company's far reaching Space goals.
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Space Settlement Will Be Funded by Corporations and Private Individuals, Not NASA!

Space Settlement Will Be Funded by Corporations and Private Individuals, Not NASA! | Space matters | Scoop.it

Such as, for instance, by people like Tiffany Montague, manager of Google’s space initiatives.

 

Her official work title with Google is “Intergalactic Federation King Almighty and Commander of the Universe” and she plans to go to the Moon in her lifetime. Seriously.

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Say Hello to an Extraterrestrial Ocean ; and Maybe Extraterrestrial Life

Say Hello to an Extraterrestrial Ocean ; and Maybe Extraterrestrial Life | Space matters | Scoop.it

The Cassini space probe discovered a surprising feature on Enceladus

 

Saturn's most enchanting moon is not the only one in the solar system that is home to such a feature. Jupiter's Europa is even more certain to contain a global ocean of its own. On both worlds, organics plus water plus warmth plus time could be more than enough to get biology going.

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Space firm about to make a big announcement.

Space firm about to make a big announcement. | Space matters | Scoop.it
Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr., the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.
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