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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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Russia seeks space independence

Russia seeks space independence | Space matters | Scoop.it

Moscow (Voice of Russia) Apr 18, 2012 - Russia is preparing for the next stage of space exploration, and for the implementation of an ambitious programme to build a number of new generation space ships, as well as to upgrade the country's cosmodromes...

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Crise à la NASA ou l'exploration de Mars crowdsourcée

Crise à la NASA ou l'exploration de Mars crowdsourcée | Space matters | Scoop.it

Ça va si mal que ça à la NASA ? L'agence spatiale américaine crowdsource l'exploration de Mars...

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How technology for space ended up in Antarctica

How technology for space ended up in Antarctica | Space matters | Scoop.it
Gold, silk, and spices were the tangible treasures from past explorations. Today, the frontier of space offers treasures that are golden but not gold—secrets about the biochemistry of life, drawn from the bodies of astronauts.
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ISS translates robotic assets in preparation to greet SpaceX’s Dragon | NASASpaceFlight.com

ISS translates robotic assets in preparation to greet SpaceX’s Dragon | NASASpaceFlight.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

The International Space Station’s robotic arm has completed a double walk-off to be in position to grapple SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft next month. Currently set to launch NET (No Earlier Than) April 30, Dragon will have to successfully complete a series of demonstration milestones, prior to permission being granted to approach the Station for berthing via the SSRMS.

 

SpaceX have an appointment with history, as they prepare to conduct a mission that will technically mark the opening salvo of commercial resupply runs to the orbital outpost.

 

While this is a demonstration flight – with the first Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission scheduled for later in the year – Dragon will be carrying a manifest of cargo, to be retrieved by crewmembers on the ISS after the hatches between the two vehicles are opened.


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Hacking Curiosity: Adding an aftermarket sample collection capability to the Mars Science Lab

NASA's withdrawal from a joint ExoMars 2016/2018 mission has left the planetary science community grieving the at loss of the first step in a sample return mission: collection of samples. However, there's a $2.5 billion rover with a mechanical arm and plenty of power scheduled to land on Mars in August. Can the Mars Science Lab (MSL) Curiosity be fitted with a couple of "aftermarket" sample collection racks once it completes its primary mission of one Martian year? The author believes there is the potential to do so.

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Is this the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, of deep space human spaceflight?

Is this the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, of deep space human spaceflight? | Space matters | Scoop.it

[Editor’s note: the following is based on remarks delivered by author Charles E. Miller, at the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington, DC, on February 15.]

 

Originally, I planned on talking about the synergies between reusable spaceplanes and a permanent base on the Moon. It is a striking fact, which the team I led at NASA analytically demonstrated just before I left, that reusable spaceplanes will provide cheap access to space and enable an affordable permanent human base on the Moon. At the same time, the permanent lunar base, if structured around propellant depots, can close the business case for the reusable spaceplane.

 

This is a remarkable synergy. I am convinced that propellant delivery is the 21st century equivalent of the Kelly Air Mail Act of 1925, which closed the business case for startup airlines, and the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, which closed the business case for the Transcontinental Railroad...

 


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ZUBRIN: Obama shoots down Mars exploration

ZUBRIN: Obama shoots down Mars exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it

In its budget submitted to Congress Feb. 13, the Obama administration zeroed out funding for NASA’s future Mars exploration missions. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity is en route to the red planet, and the nearly completed small Maven orbiter, scheduled for launch in 2013, will be sent, but that’s it. No funding has been provided for the Mars probes planned as joint missions with the Europeans for 2016 and 2018, and nothing after that is funded, either. This poses a crisis for the American space program.

 

NASA’s Mars exploration effort has been brilliantly successful because, since 1994, it has been approached as a campaign, with probes launched every biennial opportunity, alternating between orbiters and landers. As a result, combined operations have been possible, with orbiters providing communication links and reconnaissance guidance for surface rovers, which, in turn, could conduct ground-truth investigations of orbital observations. Thus, the great treks of the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, launched in 2003, were supported from above by MarsGlobalSurveyor (MGS, launched in 1996), MarsOdyssey (launched in 2001) and MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter (launched in 2005). But after serving 10 years on orbit, MGS is lost, and if we wait until the 2020s to resume Mars exploration, the rest of the orbiters will be gone as well. Moreover, so will be the experienced teams that created them. Effectively, the whole program will be wrecked, and we will have to start again from scratch.


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Mirrors in Space for Low-Cost Terrestrial Solar Electric Power at Night

A proposal to only launch ultra thin and light inflatable mirrors (no power conversion, no energy storage, no lasers or masers to transmit the power etc...) and have them redirect sunlight to ground based solar farms at night. Efficiency is the ground based systems efficiency. Can be done at lower orbit 600 miles up with 12 or more satellites. Helps ground based solar get around the storage issue at night. Again best to do it to desert locations without clouds. Also away from places that want to do astronomy or have other impacts of turning the night into day. Just need to get astronomy into space and away from the light. Again get past a critical mass of space based power capability and infrastructure so that it is easy to make 500 MW of lasers for boosting skylon space planes to drive down costs to get to space.

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Time in Space May Alter Astronauts’ Genes

Time in Space May Alter Astronauts’ Genes | Space matters | Scoop.it

Spending long periods at low gravity may alter genes, suggests a new experiment involving a magnet-powered trick used on Earth to simulate weithlessness in space.

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Evidence for Flowing Water on Mars Grows Stronger: Scientific American

Evidence for Flowing Water on Mars Grows Stronger: Scientific American | Space matters | Scoop.it
Liquid remains the leading explanation for newly discovered streaks on Martian slopes...

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Why Human Space Travel?

Why Human Space Travel? | Space matters | Scoop.it

In his first blog about NASA turning to commercial providers for launch vehicles, Richard Garriot explains why we spend money on human exploration of space. Space research is essential and humans in space are an essential part of it.


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10 Moons Every Person Should Know

10 Moons Every Person Should Know | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pretty much everyone can rattle off the names of our solar system's eight (formerly nine) planets, but ask the average person to list some moons and you'll be lucky if they can tell you more than two or three.
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We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction of the cost of rockets

We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction of the cost of rockets | Space matters | Scoop.it
This is Startram, a proposed launch system that would use magnetic levitation trains, a 1000-mile tunnel, and a superconducting cable to reach low Earth orbit.
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Le programme spatial russe revu à la baisse

Le programme spatial russe revu à la baisse | Space matters | Scoop.it
Après l’échec de Phobos-Grunt, la Russie modifie ses plans de l’exploration robotique de la Lune et de Mars. Elle reporte le lancement des missions prévues et redéfinit leurs objectifs.
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Europe still keen on Mars missions

Europe still keen on Mars missions | Space matters | Scoop.it

Malgré le retrait américain, le programme ExoMars a toujours le soutien des États-membres de l'ESA.

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Mars Viking Robots 'Found Life' : Discovery News

Mars Viking Robots 'Found Life' : Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it
Mathematical analysis adds to growing body of work questioning the negative results of a life-detection experiment 36 years ago.
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Satellite proposed to send solar power to Earth

Satellite proposed to send solar power to Earth | Space matters | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Artemis Innovation Management Solutions has been given some seed money by NASA to look deeper into a project the company first proposed last summer; namely, building a satellite that could collect energy from the sun and beam it back...

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The Trillion Dollar Space Enterprise -- Or How The Lynx Suborbital Vehicle Will Change The World | SETI Institute

Fully resuable spacecraft are the critical enabler for regular, low cost and safe access to space, and such access will enable space utilization in ways we've only dreamed about in the past. Much as the early ARPANET laid the foundation for a multi-trillion dollar enterprise revolving around the internet, early reusable spacecraft like the Lynx suborbital vehicle will establish the beginnings of a multi-trillion enterprise revolving around the Earth and our solar system. This talk will lay out a vision of a future space-based Trillion Dollar Enterprise based on a series of realistic and fun "What-ifs."

 


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Teams set sights on space station

Teams set sights on space station | Space matters | Scoop.it
The race to send private rockets to the International Space Station has reached crunch time, with both of the companies awarded multi-billion-dollar Nasa contracts preparing for launch.
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Are We Really Ready for Mars?

Are We Really Ready for Mars? | Space matters | Scoop.it
A biomedical knowledge gap stands in the way of successfully sending humans to Mars.

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Mars Rover 2050, à la conquête de la planète rouge

Mars Rover 2050, à la conquête de la planète rouge | Space matters | Scoop.it
Pour partir à la conquête de la planète rouge en l’an 2050, le designer Kevin Bickham a imaginé un concept de véhicule d’exploration nommé tout simplement Mars Rover 2050.
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Cameron's Dive: Lessons for Mars Sample Return?

Read about James Cameron's March 2012 record breaking deep ocean dive in the Mariana Trench where he was unable to retrieve rock and animals samples as plannned, and what his mission may foretell about trying to return samples from Mars.
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Quand la France rêve d’espace

Quand la France rêve d’espace | Space matters | Scoop.it

France 2 et Michel Drucker proposent « une nuit dans l’espace » ce soir à partir de 20h35. L’animateur vedette de France 2 y célèbrera les 50 ans de la conquête spatiale française et européenne au cours d’une émission exceptionnelle.

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An infographic depicting every manned American space mission

An infographic depicting every manned American space mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
Between 1961 and 2011, the U.S. launched 166 manned missions to space. This infographic, created by the artists at mgmt. design, depicts every last one of them.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson demands we dream of space again

#Penny4NASA http://penny4nasa.org/Penny4NASA/Home.html The intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier and is focus...
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