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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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SpaceX and NASA discussions on sending a “Red Dragon” to look for signs of life at the Martian poles

SpaceX and NASA discussions on sending a “Red Dragon” to look for signs of life at the Martian poles | Space matters | Scoop.it

The relatively cheap $500 million mission could launch as soon as 2018, Nature News reports. It would include a robotic drill that would sample Martian permafrost and examine them with onboard lab equipment, like the types integrated into the forthcoming Curiosity rover.

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Can you buy land on the Moon?

Can you buy land on the Moon? | Space matters | Scoop.it
For now at least, the moon is like the sea: everyone can use it, but no one can own it. In 1967 the U.S. and the Soviet Union negotiated the Outer Space Treaty, which states that no nation can own a piece of the moon or an asteroid.
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New Scientist TV: Seeing Relativity: Mind-bending tour of the solar system

What would you see, travelling through the solar system at near-light speed ?

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Une sonde russe échoue à prendre sa trajectoire vers Mars - LeMonde.fr

Une sonde russe échoue à prendre sa trajectoire vers Mars - LeMonde.fr | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Les spécialistes avaient prévenu que le système de gestion de la sonde n'était pas tout à fait au point.", a déclaré une source au fait du dossier.

 

Pardon ???

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To Keep a Steady Stream of Satellites Going Up, DARPA Wants to Launch Them from Airplanes

To Keep a Steady Stream of Satellites Going Up, DARPA Wants to Launch Them from Airplanes | Space matters | Scoop.it

Launching satellites from launchpads is cool and everything, but if DARPA has its way the military could soon be launching small satellites from airliners, granting the Pentagon the ability to put satellites aloft from virtually any airfield and at a fraction of the cost.

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Curiosity : 10 fois plus d'ambition ?

Interview des scientifiques et experts du CNES sur la contribution de la France à cette mission exceptionnelle.


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Dragon offers ticket to Mars

Dragon offers ticket to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

Dragon, the privately built space capsule intended to haul cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), is auditioning for another high-profile role. Its maker, SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, says that the capsule, which is set to make its first test flight to the ISS later this month, could be dispatched to Mars — drastically cutting the cost of exploration on the red planet. Together with researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, the company is working on a proposal for a first 'Red Dragon' mission.


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Voyager 2 to Switch to Backup Thruster Set

Voyager 2 est en train de quitter le système solaire. Il n'aura donc bientôt plus sa place sur cette page.

 

Voyager 2 is leaving the solar system. Hence, it will soon not appear anymore on this page.

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NASA prepares for moon tourism

NASA prepares for moon tourism | Space matters | Scoop.it

Yup... in order to prevent... looting !

 

"It might be far off, but NASA is preparing for the first lunar tourists."

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Cave Astronauts Explore Deep Inside Earth to Simulate Spaceflight

Cave Astronauts Explore Deep Inside Earth to Simulate Spaceflight | Space matters | Scoop.it

"The Mars500 crewmembers are not the only ones who have faced extreme conditions in simulating a real space mission. An international team of five astronauts recently completed a spaceflight training mission in Europe that required them to live and work in a dark and isolated cave for nearly a week."

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NASA Chief Says US Could Cooperate with China in Space

NASA Chief Says US Could Cooperate with China in Space | Space matters | Scoop.it

"NASA chief Charlie Bolden told Congress that the United States and China could both benefit by cooperating in space science and exploration. A U.S. law currently bars federal funds from being used to facilitate such exchanges with China."

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Moon Mining Idea Digs Up Lunar Legal Issues

Moon Mining Idea Digs Up Lunar Legal Issues | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Companies hoping to mine the moon's huge stores of water ice can likely do so legally, experts say, though firms may want to hold off until new legislation grants them explicit title over whatever lunar muck they dredge up."


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Why the Mars500 mission doesn't prove we're psychologically capable of a trip to Mars

Why the Mars500 mission doesn't prove we're psychologically capable of a trip to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

Avec tout mon respect pour l'équipe de Mars500, je suis d'accord avec io9. Non, nous ne sommes pas prêts.

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Futurist Foresight // Skylon Spaceplane update

SKYLON is an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane intended to provide inexpensive and reliable access to space. Currently in proof-of-concept phase, the vehicle will take approximately 10 years to develop and will be capable of transporting 12 tonnes of cargo into space.

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Lunar Mining [Part Three]: Lunar Considerations

Lunar Mining [Part Three]: Lunar Considerations | Space matters | Scoop.it

A post about whether or not it makes sense, economic especially, to mine the Moon for resources.

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Le premier vidéo gag de l’espace

Le premier vidéo gag de l’espace | Space matters | Scoop.it

Ah, si la NASA avait montré ce montage vidéo plus tôt, peut-être que le programme Apollo continuerait encore. Le dimanche, on regarderait en famille le programme Apollo, une émission TV hilarante où on verrait des astronautes se prendre des gamelles sur la Lune.

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Orion Lunar Module seen from the Rover

Orion Lunar Module seen from the Rover | Space matters | Scoop.it

The Apollo 16 Lunar Module “Orion” is photographed from a distance by astronaut Chares M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot, aboard the moving Lunar Roving Vehicle. Astronauts Duke and Commander John W. Young, were returning from the third Apollo 16 extravehicular activity (EVA-2). The RCA color television camera mounted on the LRV is in the foreground. A portion of the LRV’s high-gain antenna is at top left.

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Space Blog Alpha: Are We Infecting Mars With Microbes?

As we ramp up the robotic explorers we are sending to Mars do we run an increased risk of contaminating the planet with Earthen microbes?

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Devenez Extra-twitteurs !

Devenez Extra-twitteurs ! | Space matters | Scoop.it

Le 15 novembre, le CNES et les Bars des Sciences de Paris vous invitent à rencontrer des experts et scientifiques sur le thème "A l'attaque de Mars". Sur le mode du café scientifique, vous pourrez poser des questions et venir twitter !


Derniers jours pour s'inscrire, seuls 10 twitteurs seront sélectionnés ! http://www.cnes.fr/mardisdelespace

 

Les invités : Francis Rocard (CNES), François Forget (CNRS), Jean-Pierre Bibring (IAS)


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China's space industry to see accelerated expansion over next 10 years

China's space industry to see accelerated expansion over next 10 years | Space matters | Scoop.it
Beijing (XNA) Nov 07, 2011 -
China's space industry will develop quickly over the next 10 years as the country pushes ahead with its space programs after its first space docking on Thursday.
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Airships offer alternative stairway to space

Airships offer alternative stairway to space | Space matters | Scoop.it
It's time to think of something other than rockets for passenger travel into orbit.
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The final frontier: Solar power from space

The final frontier: Solar power from space | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Scientists have thought to capture solar energy from space for decades but has it has never been done commercially. Now the California utility on Monday said that it will seek approval from regulators to purchase 200 megawatts worth of solar energy delivered from stealth space solar power company Solaren over 15 years. The idea of space-based solar power (SBSP) is to place a device in space that can convert solar energy into a usable form and have it transmitted wirelessly to Earth."

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Ce qu'ils ont fait sur Mars...

Ce qu'ils ont fait sur Mars... | Space matters | Scoop.it

L'ESA propose une galerie photos complète à travers les différentes étapes du voyage simulé de l'équipage de Mars 500. 


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Lunar Pioneer: Mighty Eagle lander 100 foot flight at Redstone

Lunar Pioneer: Mighty Eagle lander 100 foot flight at Redstone | Space matters | Scoop.it

"NASA will conduct a 100-foot robotic lander altitude test flight Friday, Nov. 4, to mature the technology needed to develop a new generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers capable of achieving scientific and exploration goals on the surface of the moon, asteroids or other airless bodies."

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