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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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L'Esa pourrait participer au vaisseau habité MPCV de la Nasa

L'Esa pourrait participer au vaisseau habité MPCV de la Nasa | Space matters | Scoop.it
Consciente qu’elle ne pourra vraisemblablement jamais développer son propre système de transport spatial, l’Europe souhaite participer au développement du futur véhicule d’exploration de la Nasa (MPCV) en fournissant un module dérivé de l’ATV.
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The Overview Effect: A University on the Moon? Talk About Higher Education!

The Overview Effect: A University on the Moon? Talk About Higher Education! | Space matters | Scoop.it

Some people at NASA are working on a big-picture concept that is gaining a remarkable amount of traction, considering the level of ambition that it represents. The basic idea is for a permanent human settlement on the moon... with a Lunar University !


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Evolution of the Spacesuit

Evolution of the Spacesuit | Space matters | Scoop.it
All images taken from Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection, by Amanda Young, photographs by Mark Avino...

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Microgravity screws us up at a cellular level

Microgravity screws us up at a cellular level | Space matters | Scoop.it

If we ever want to set up a long-term space settlement, it'd be good to have some idea what happens to the body in those environments... and according to some new research, it isn't good.

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Space Elevators: To the Moon and Back

Space Elevators: To the Moon and Back | Space matters | Scoop.it

The space elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing," said science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, a long time ago.

[...] The idea of a space elevator dates back to the late 19th century, when Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposed a free-standing structure that would essentially act as a really long elevator, connecting Earth to a platform in geostationary orbit (some 35,000km) in space. [...]

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Le Japon veut créer un ascenseur vers l’espace

Le Japon veut créer un ascenseur vers l’espace | Space matters | Scoop.it

Pas trop vite : Obayashi, l'entreprise à l'origine du projet, reconnaît n'avoir aucune estimation du coût de ce projet, n'a aucun investisseur potentiel en tête, ni aucune idée de l'endroit terrestre où le câble pourrait être arrimé.

 

S'ils avaient lu Clarke, ils sauraient où le mettre, leur câble...

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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.
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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How To Build The Perfect Lunar Rover

How To Build The Perfect Lunar Rover | Space matters | Scoop.it

There's no money to have a specially engineered lunar rover built like the new one NASA is proposing (We've got a budget crisis people!). And even if you could get one of the original lunar rovers, that thing's just too flimsy and slow (four 0.25 hp motors?) for the sorts of I'm-stuck-on-the-moon hooning you have planned. So what are your options?

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Hunting Dinosaurs on Venus

Hunting Dinosaurs on Venus | Space matters | Scoop.it

1950 letters from wannabe space travelers hoped for canine astronauts and Venusian dinosaurs...

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Check out SpaceX's awesome new SuperDraco rocket engine in action

Check out SpaceX's awesome new SuperDraco rocket engine in action | Space matters | Scoop.it

Building on the technology behind the Draco thruster that will be used to maneuver the Dragon spacecraft while in Earth orbit, the SuperDraco is a souped-up version designed to rescue launching crews and land the vehicle on a planetary body — like Earth... or Mars.

 

That's right, folks — if SpaceX wants to put an astronaut on Mars in the next 20 years, this is the rocket they'll use to do it.

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NASA has fizzled, but Wernher von Braun’s exuberant vision lives on

NASA has fizzled, but Wernher von Braun’s exuberant vision lives on | Space matters | Scoop.it
Reason Magazine just posted a must-read article from its February 2012 issue by Timescape author Gregory Benford, in which he examines the expansive dream of space exploration propounded in the early 1950s by Wernher Von Braun. And he concludes that even though NASA seems to be scaling back and our dreams of interplanetary exploration have come to a standstill, there's still hope — including a possible Mars expedition by 2033.

 

Benford puts most of his hopes into commercial space exploration, and believes that "economically literate" science fiction authors will focus on privately funded, rather than government-funded, space missions. But he also writes, inspiringly, that the passion in science fiction springs from "a deep-rooted human need: to reach out, to prefer movement to stasis, to understand." The whole thing is well worth reading.

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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.
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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."


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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.


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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?
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