Space matters
5.9K views | +1 today
Space matters
News from all over the solar system to people living in the early 21st Century / Chroniques de la conquête du système solaire
Curated by Vincent Lieser
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Manned Russian Rocket Launches from South America Look Doubtful

Manned Russian Rocket Launches from South America Look Doubtful | Space matters | Scoop.it
An ESA study conducted between 2002 and 2004 found that because the Soyuz has not been designed to land in the sea, a French Guiana launch that had to be aborted would endanger the spacecraft and its crew as it would likely have to ditch in the Atlantic Ocean.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Vincent Lieser from The NewSpace Daily
Scoop.it!

Moon base is not a loony idea | The Denver Post

This Guest commentary from The Denver Post highlights the use of lunar resources for space exploration purposes. But aren't investors going to find interest in the Moon only for earth-based applications ?

 

"Our view of the moon has changed dramatically since the final days of Apollo in the early 1970s. Then, most scientists saw the moon as a barren desert with few resources. But, as a result of recent NASA missions such as the lunar reconnaissance orbiter and LCROSS, which impacted into a permanently shadowed lunar crater, we now know that the moon has an abundance of water.

 

Water is, of course, crucial for human exploration and more valuable than gold in space. This precious resource is enormously expensive to lift off the Earth because of our planet's strong gravity. The moon has only one-sixth of Earth's gravity and, therefore, can serve as our oasis in the inner solar system. Water is essential for life. Breaking water into hydrogen and oxygen gives us air to breath and the components of rocket fuel. Furthermore, water mined from the moon can serve as a shield against high energy radiation from the sun and the galaxy to protect astronauts."


Via Stratocumulus
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

ISS may become Martian flight simulator

ISS may become Martian flight simulator | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia's Roscosmos space agency has suggested expanding the length of future expeditions to the International Space Station from the current six months to a year and even longer to provide for the next step in space exploration - manned spaceflights beyond low-Earth orbit.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Roscosmos on board with the use of ISS as Martian flight simulator- ExploreMars.org

Roscosmos on board with the use of ISS as Martian flight simulator- ExploreMars.org | Space matters | Scoop.it

Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, suggests using the ISS to train crews for the flight to Mars. They have proposed to expand the length of ISS expeditions to a year or even longer. At present crews spend 6 months at the ISS. Longer expeditions on the ISS would provide for manned spaceflights beyond low-Earth orbit.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

NASA Shelves Ambitious Flagship Missions to Other Planets

NASA Shelves Ambitious Flagship Missions to Other Planets | Space matters | Scoop.it
There's no room for multibillion-dollar exploration efforts in the current NASA budget.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Vincent Lieser from The NewSpace Daily
Scoop.it!

Leader has full faith in private sector

Leader has full faith in private sector | Space matters | Scoop.it

The day his team blasted one last space shuttle from Kennedy Space Center, longtime NASA launch director Mike Leinbach looked into the future, speaking with a crack in his voice.

 

The shuttle team would scatter, he said, joining up with new programs in the space agency, or the Defense Department, or private companies, and they would tackle whatever was coming next in the human space program on the shoulders of what they’d accomplished together with shuttle.

 

Less than a year later, it’s coming true. And Leinbach is smack in the middle in his new job helping United Launch Alliance’s growth into human space flight.


Via Stratocumulus
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives | Space matters | Scoop.it
There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

NASA to Pick 2 Private Space Taxi Designs for Astronaut Flights

NASA to Pick 2 Private Space Taxi Designs for Astronaut Flights | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA hopes to have commercial operated flights to the International Space Station beginning around 2017.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

No joke: these guys created a machine for printing houses on the Moon

No joke: these guys created a machine for printing houses on the Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it

Say you absolutely must build a moon colony. How do you do it?

 

Simple : you solve the material transport problem by making the moon base out of the moon itself.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

European Space Agency: What to watch for in 2012

European Space Agency: What to watch for in 2012 | Space matters | Scoop.it

On january 13th, at the European Space Agency’s Paris headquarters, Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, provided a recap of ESA’s activities in 2011 and presented the missions to expect in the coming year, as well as the ESA philosophy underlying it all.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

SpaceX Test Fires Awesome New Rocket

SpaceX Test Fires Awesome New Rocket | Space matters | Scoop.it
The private spaceflight company has test fired a new rocket that will be used to rescue launching astronauts during an emergency.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Eric Anderson: Update on lunar circumnavigation mission

Eric Anderson: Update on lunar circumnavigation mission | Space matters | Scoop.it

Space Adventures' Eric Anderson discusses the company's plans for the first privately funded space mission to circumnavigate the moon, and its implications.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Report: Orion test flight pushed back to 2014, manned flight until 2021

Report: Orion test flight pushed back to 2014, manned flight until 2021 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Even something as exhaustively planned as the test-flight of the Orion spacecraft isn't immune to a slipping timeline.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Moon draws growing interest as a potential source of rare minerals

Moon draws growing interest as a potential source of rare minerals | Space matters | Scoop.it
The moon is drawing increased interest from nations and businesses as a source of rare minerals.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Elon Musk on SpaceX’s Reusable Rocket Plans

Elon Musk on SpaceX’s Reusable Rocket Plans | Space matters | Scoop.it

SpaceX is hard at work trying to design rocket parts that can fly themselves back to the launchpad for reuse. Popularmechanics.com talked to founder Elon Musk about how far the company’s designs have come.

 

With daily flights, the cost of the reusable rockets will run about $100 per pound. For the average male, that means about 20,000 bucks. Start saving your money.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

How Much Is an Astronaut’s Life Worth? - Reason Magazine

How Much Is an Astronaut’s Life Worth? - Reason Magazine | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA’s irrational approach to risk undermines its mission and costs thousands of lives.

 

By Robert Zubrin, president of the Mars Society from the February 2012 issue

more...
Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:13 PM

This is a great article that I discovered thanks to a comment by Vincent Lieser. However precious astronauts' lives are, they can not be assigned an inifinte cost without being heavily detrimental to other budget allocations that can save lives on earth and, more importantly, to the very mission of space exploration. Great read.

Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

ESA To Press Ahead with ExoMars

ESA To Press Ahead with ExoMars | Space matters | Scoop.it

European government officials on Feb. 13 said they would attempt to push ahead with their ExoMars missions to Mars in NASA’s absence by reinforcing their cooperation with Russia.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Scotland battles Sweden to get European spaceport

Scotland battles Sweden to get European spaceport | Space matters | Scoop.it
While primarily an American venture, there are rumours that Virgin Galactic is already looking to expand.

 

And the UK wants the place of expansion to be in Scotland.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

In Kazakhstan, cosmonauts must go through winter wilderness training to survive reentry

In Kazakhstan, cosmonauts must go through winter wilderness training to survive reentry | Space matters | Scoop.it
In addition to the technical knowledge related to the landing capsule, the cosmonauts/astronauts need to practice practical skills like constructing a shelter and building a fire. They have a special emergency kit in the Soyuz which includes weapons, lights, water (6 liters for three people), dried food, first aid kit, tools and equipment that may be useful in extreme conditions, and clothing such as a heat suit, woolen cap, headset, gloves, socks and fur socks.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Obama Budget Slashes Planetary Science Ends ExoMars Partnership The Washington Post | SpaceNews.com

Obama Budget Slashes Planetary Science Ends ExoMars Partnership The Washington Post | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
Scientists briefed on U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed NASA budget say it would reduce funding for planetary science by $300 million next year with further cuts over the next five years, The Washington Post reports.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Vincent Lieser from The NewSpace Daily
Scoop.it!

Guest Commentary: Moon base is not a loony idea | The Denver Post

Our view of the moon has changed dramatically since the final days of Apollo in the early 1970s. Then, most scientists saw the moon as a barren desert with few resources. But, as a result of recent NASA missions such as the lunar reconnaissance orbiter and LCROSS, which impacted into a permanently shadowed lunar crater, we now know that the moon has an abundance of water.

 

Water is, of course, crucial for human exploration and more valuable than gold in space. This precious resource is enormously expensive to lift off the Earth because of our planet's strong gravity. The moon has only one-sixth of Earth's gravity and, therefore, can serve as our oasis in the inner solar system. Water is essential for life. Breaking water into hydrogen and oxygen gives us air to breath and the components of rocket fuel. Furthermore, water mined from the moon can serve as a shield against high energy radiation from the sun and the galaxy to protect astronauts.


Via Stratocumulus
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

L'homme qui a tenté d'empêcher le lancement de Challenger est mort

L'homme qui a tenté d'empêcher le lancement de Challenger est mort | Space matters | Scoop.it
Il savait la catastrophe quasi-inévitable. Jusqu’à la veille du décollage de la fusée Challenger, il y a 25 ans, l’ingénieur spatial Robert Boisjoly a tenté d’en faire annuler le lancement.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Russia is planning to put a man on the Moon by 2020

Russia is planning to put a man on the Moon by 2020 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia is planning to put a man on the Moon, and anyone can apply to join the crew. The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, may have suffered some humiliating setbacks in recent months, but it’s hitting back by aiming even higher.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vincent Lieser
Scoop.it!

Russia to try again for Phobos-Grunt?

Russia to try again for Phobos-Grunt? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia says 'eisho odin ras'* for its Mars moon lander mission, according to Roscomos chief Vladimir Popovkin.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Vincent Lieser from Good news from the Stars
Scoop.it!

NASA launches Facebook game for space nerds - Register

NASA launches Facebook game for space nerds - Register | Space matters | Scoop.it
ForbesNASA launches Facebook game for space nerdsRegisterBy Team Register • Get more from this author NASA has created its first ever multiplayer online game, Space Race Blastoff - and it's now available on Facebook.

Via Rami Kantari, Guillaume Decugis
more...
No comment yet.