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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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Putting an airplane on a distant moon

Putting an airplane on a distant moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- In addition to its rivers, oceans, mountains, sand dunes and winds, Saturn’s moon Titan may someday share another similarity with Earth: airplanes.
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Russia wants manned base on moon

"Russia's Space Agency's announced ambitious plans to step up exploration of the Moon and has even called for the creation of a permanent base there."


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Most important scientific study ever: What about farting astronauts?

Most important scientific study ever: What about farting astronauts? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Humans produce two flammable gases: hydrogen and methane. Flammable gases accumulate in an enclosed space and can ignite. Astronauts are humans who spend lots of time in enclosed space.
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Espace: Washington se joint à l'Europe pour élaborer un code de conduite

Espace: Washington se joint à l'Europe pour élaborer un code de conduite...

 

Il cible les débris orbitaux et "les acteurs irresponsables". La Chine, qui avait détruit un satellite en 2007, doit se sentir visée.

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Thinking big in space

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AS A small boy Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, dreamed of going into space. He even tried to launch the hollow aluminium arm of a chair, stuffed with propellant, into orbit. It didn't work out. But his latest adventure in space travel - a joint venture with Burt Rutan, a famous designer of aeroplanes - looks more promising. Earlier this month, the two of them said they will build an air-launched orbital delivery system. To do this, Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch Systems will have to build the world’s largest aeroplane.


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Soaring on Titan: Drone Airplane Could Scout Saturn's Moon

Soaring on Titan: Drone Airplane Could Scout Saturn's Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
A robotic airplane similar to the U.S. military's battlefield drones could help scientists explore the surface of Saturn's moon Titan by flying below the atmospheric haze that blocks the view of space orbiters.
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La Lune est-elle à la portée des entrepreneurs ?

La Lune est-elle à la portée des entrepreneurs ? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Ouvrir une pizzeria sur la Lune, en exploiter les ressources, y aller à bord d'une navette spatiale: des opportunités dont la faisabilité scientifique et économique est encore incertaine.
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China targets 2013 for launch of lunar landing mission

China targets 2013 for launch of lunar landing mission | Space matters | Scoop.it

Under a new five-year plan unveiled in December, China will continue to make methodical progress in human spaceflight, expand its satellite navigation system, explore the moon and seek space technology partnerships with developing nations.

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Magnetically-levitated Flies Offer Clues to Future of Life in Space

Magnetically-levitated Flies Offer Clues to Future of Life in Space | Space matters | Scoop.it

Using powerful magnets to levitate fruit flies can provide vital clues to how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space, researchers at The University of Nottingham say.

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Des hackers veulent leurs propres satellites, et même aller sur la Lune

Des hackers veulent leurs propres satellites, et même aller sur la Lune | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pour contourner la censure sur Internet, les hackers du Chaos Computer Club ont une idée : utiliser leurs propres satellites de télécommunications pour une sorte d'Internet privé.
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SpaceX Reusable Launch System

An animation of a launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with Dragon showing powered vertical return of both stages and the Dragon Credits: SpaceX

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Have we discovered fuel on Pluto?

Have we discovered fuel on Pluto? | Space matters | Scoop.it

"One lure of space travel is the possibility that we might find a source of energy on another world. Now, a study published this month in The Astronomical Journal suggests that remote, frozen planetoid Pluto may harbor complex hydrocarbons like ethane and butane that are used as fuel here on Earth. These hydrocarbons, if confirmed, would also help explain the reddish-brown color we've seen on Pluto's surface."

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Hackers prepare space satellites

Hackers prepare space satellites | Space matters | Scoop.it
Hackers unveil plans to build space satellites and a ground network of tracking stations to combat censorship of the internet.

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Gingrich promises to build a US moon colony

Gingrich promises to build a US moon colony | Space matters | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the Newt Gingrich vision for space is too grand of an idea.
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Russia's space programs fully financed until 2016

Russia's space programs fully financed until 2016 | Space matters | Scoop.it

Russian government approves new moon and Venus missions by 2016... and will retry PhobosGrunt mission !

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Can suits that simulate cat purring keep astronauts healthy?

Can suits that simulate cat purring keep astronauts healthy? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Is a little-known property of cat purrs the key to keeping astronauts healthy during long trips in space? Judge for yourself! Purring is one of the least objectionable sounds a cat can make.
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Ready, Set, Hold: SpaceX Not Ready to Fly

Ready, Set, Hold: SpaceX Not Ready to Fly | Space matters | Scoop.it

Space Exploration Technologies' historic mission to the International Space Station (ISS) isn't quite ready for prime time, the company, which is owned and operated by internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, said this week.

 

So the launch dress rehearsal, scheduled for this week, as well as the launch itself, targeted for Feb. 7, are both on hold, pending the resolution of several unidentified technical issues, spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham tells Discovery News.


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Stratolaunch Systems Space Aircraft Brings Paying Passengers Into Orbit With 6 Boeing 747 Engines

http://AviationExplorer.com - A giant airplane that can launch a rocket carrying cargo and humans into orbit is the future of space travel, billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said.

 

The first test flight of the ambitious venture by Allen's new company Stratolaunch Systems is not scheduled until 2015, but partners in the project vowed it would revolutionize orbital travel in the post-space shuttle era.


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Hell on Earth: NASA’s Toxic Venus Test Chamber

Hell on Earth: NASA’s Toxic Venus Test Chamber | Space matters | Scoop.it

The hellish conditions should emulate the surface of Venus (above), a planet baked of its water and suffocated by greenhouse gases. “Venus used to be like Earth. There’s a lot of lessons for us to learn from it,” said NASA Glenn engineer Rodger Dyson, leader of the Extreme Environment Test Chamber.

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How NASA kept astronauts from swearing on the Moon

How NASA kept astronauts from swearing on the Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it

In the 1960s, NASA's astronauts were the cool, calm, and collected faces of the space program who represented American values - most were married and had some sort of religious affiliation. NASA's public affair office took great pains to keep its astronauts' images clean, but they were still men who occasionally cursed when faced with a bad situation. As NASA gathered steam and took a firm place in the public eye, the organization had a job covering up some of the less radio- and family-friendly transmissions.

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Space Station Astronauts Excited for First Private Spacecraft Visit | Space.com

Space Station Astronauts Excited for First Private Spacecraft Visit | Space.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

The astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS) are gearing up for a milestone event in February — the first visit of a commercial spaceship to the orbiting outpost.

 

The private spaceflight company SpaceX plans to launch its unmanned Dragon capsule to orbit Feb. 7 atop the firm's Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. The capsule will carry a load of food, clothing and other supplies for the six-man crew of the space station.


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How would you convince the 20th generation of space colonists to leave Earth?

How would you convince the 20th generation of space colonists to leave Earth? | Space matters | Scoop.it
It is the year 2251. All is well on Earth – food is plentiful, climate ills are cured, and war is nonexistent. Humanity left its home decades ago, with the United Nations of Earth currently on the 20th round of colonization.
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Review: Asia’s Space Race

Review: Asia’s Space Race | Space matters | Scoop.it

The assumption of a competition between China and the United States in space may be misplaced. While there may be elements of such a competition between those two countries, the bigger, and nearer-term, competition is among China and its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Superflies bred to be the first astronauts on Titan

Superflies bred to be the first astronauts on Titan | Space matters | Scoop.it
Artist Andy Gracie is attempting to breed a strain of fruit fly that could survive on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The first stage of his work, The Quest for Drosophila Titanus, is part of an exhibition currently touring the UK.
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12 Space Missions to Watch in 2012

The year 2012 is filled with space missions, with a Mars landing, private spaceship flights and astronaut launches galore. Take a look at 12 space missions to watch in 2012.
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