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John Kelly: NASA serious about seeding private space jaunts

John Kelly: NASA serious about seeding private space jaunts | Space matters | Scoop.it

"NASA is ready to pay $4.5 million to private spaceliner company Virgin Galactic to give scientists, and experiments, rides into suborbital space."

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Reaching for the Red Planet: UK Space Agency announces £1.6M for Mars exploration

Reaching for the Red Planet: UK Space Agency announces £1.6M for Mars exploration | Space matters | Scoop.it
The UK Space Agency is making £1.6M available in support of projects to further explore our neighbouring planet Mars and keep the UK at the forefront of ESA’s Aurora Programme – a European long-term plan for the robotic and human exploration of the solar system.
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Video : embark on a flyover of giant asteroid Vesta from the perspective of NASA's Dawn spacecraft

Video : embark on a flyover of giant asteroid Vesta from the perspective of NASA's Dawn spacecraft | Space matters | Scoop.it
Feast your eyes on some of the latest vistas of Vesta, the second-most massive object in our solar system's main asteroid belt.
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Missions Proposed to Explore Mysterious Tilted Planet Uranus

Missions Proposed to Explore Mysterious Tilted Planet Uranus | Space matters | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, the Planetary Science Decadal Survey recommended that NASA send a mission to the planet Uranus. The European Space Agency is also considering a trip to the solar system's seventh planet.

 

Les deux agences s'orientent, semble-t-il, vers une sonde qui se mettrait en orbite autour d'Uranus plutôt qu'un simple survol de la "planète penchée".

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Should we put human spaceflight on hold a year to save astronomy? | SciGuy | a Chron.com blog

Should we put human spaceflight on hold a year to save astronomy? | SciGuy | a Chron.com blog | Space matters | Scoop.it

Le successeur d'Hubble ou les vols habités ? Le choix risque de faire des malheureux...

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Cool time-lapse video : How to build a Soyuz

"Next week, for the first time ever, a Soyuz rocket will launch from a site outside the former Soviet Union. The Soyuz ST-B will carry Europe's first two Galileo navigation satellites into orbit. Assembly of the launch vehicle took place in September. ESA has put together this nifty 2-minute video showing the assembly process over a period of about a week.The launch is scheduled for 20 October."

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NASA managers “serious” about ATV role as Orion Service Module

NASA managers “serious” about ATV role as Orion Service Module | Space matters | Scoop.it

Pour voyager vers de lointaines destinations, la future capsule Orion de la NASA a besoin d'un espace un peu plus grand où stocker du matériel et permettre à ses astronautes d'avoir un peu plus de place. Et à quoi l'agence américaine a-t-elle pensé pour ce rôle ? A l'ATV européen !

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NASA has unveiled the rocket that will take us to Mars

NASA has unveiled the rocket that will take us to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Say hello to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) — it's about to become the largest, most powerful space rocket the US have ever built."

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Alunissage

Alunissage | Space matters | Scoop.it

Une vidéo qui met en parallèle la surface de la lune vue par Apollo XI avec les photos prises par la sonde japonaise Kaguya et par la sonde Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter de la NASA.

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A Whole New World at the Edge of the Solar System : Starts With A Bang

A Whole New World at the Edge of the Solar System : Starts With A Bang | Space matters | Scoop.it

"In our Solar System, the four rocky planets dominate the inner portion, while the four gas giants dominate the outer Solar System. But out beyond Neptune, thousands of icy, rocky worlds -- including Pluto, the former ninth planet -- make up a vast, wide ring known as the Kuiper Belt."

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SpaceX's Plans for the Future

During an appearance at the National Press Club today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that reusing the Falcon 9 rocket could lead to a 100-fold decrease in launch costs. The Falcon 9 costs $50 million to build, but the fuel is only $200,000 per flight. So, the more times SpaceX reuses the same rocket, the lower the per flight cost becomes.

 

SpaceX is working on a prototype for reusable stages, which it wants to test at its facility in McGregor, Texas. The development is expected to take 3 years.

 

Reusability is key to the dramatic cost savings that will enable advancements in human exploration of space. The Dragon spacecraft is a fully reusable and SpaceX is working toward the goal of delivering the world's first fully reusable launch vehicle. Check out the animation for a sneak peek at SpaceX's exciting plans for the future.


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Une bactérie primitive capable de produire du carburant pour fusées

Une bactérie primitive capable de produire du carburant pour fusées | Space matters | Scoop.it
PARIS (AFP) - Une équipe néerlandaise a démontré comment une bactérie primitive a développé un cocktail de protéines capable de produire naturellement une substance utilisée comme carburant dans les fusées.
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The Apollo 17 landing site, 39 years later

The Apollo 17 landing site, 39 years later | Space matters | Scoop.it
This lunar soil marks the last time humans visited another world. It was here in December 1972 that the final Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon. This image is a solemn reminder of our space explorations past and (hopefully) future.
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NASA Joins Queue For SpaceShipTwo Rides

NASA Joins Queue For SpaceShipTwo Rides | Space matters | Scoop.it

Orpheline de la navette, la NASA fait la queue chez Virgin Galactic pour aller dans l'espace

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Is this a disco ball or a spacecraft part?

Is this a disco ball or a spacecraft part? | Space matters | Scoop.it
This beauty may look like the love child of a flying saucer and a disco ball, but is actually a key component of Europe's most powerful rocket launcher.

 

Image: Vincent Founier/Gallery Stock.

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Secretive X-37B US Space Plane Could Evolve to Carry Astronauts

Secretive X-37B US Space Plane Could Evolve to Carry Astronauts | Space matters | Scoop.it
Engineers with Boeing are studying ways to derive new spacecraft from the unmanned X-37B space plane design. The project includes concepts for a follow-up X-37C space plane that could carry astroanuts or cargo into orbit.
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Daring Russian Sample Return mission to Martian Moon Phobos aims for November Liftoff

Daring Russian Sample Return mission to Martian Moon Phobos aims for November Liftoff | Space matters | Scoop.it

"In just over 3 weeks’ time, Russia plans to launch a bold mission to Mars whose objective, if successful , is to land on the Martian Moon Phobos and return a cargo of precious soil samples back to Earth..."

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Rapport - Une ambition spatiale pour l'Europe

Rapport - Une ambition spatiale pour l'Europe | Space matters | Scoop.it

Le rapport du Centre d'Analyse Stratégique recommande notamment à la communauté internationale de "fixer les règles de la gouvernance d'un programme d'exploration de Mars (...) dans un partage des tâches alliant des interdépendances et évitant les redondances.

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Space over Time [Dataviz]

Space over Time [Dataviz] | Space matters | Scoop.it

Human exploration is the most visible use of spaceflight, but ­business and defense satellites fill the sky.


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Opportunity is on the Move Again

Opportunity is on the Move Again | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Opportunity finished her in-situ work at the target called Chester Lake at Cape York on the rim of Endeavour crater and is on the move again."

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A massive solar storm could keep us grounded on Earth for a decade

A massive solar storm could keep us grounded on Earth for a decade | Space matters | Scoop.it
It's decently likely that, sometime in the future, a major solar storm will hit Earth, wreaking havoc on our infrastructure and crippling our satellites.
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Virgin Galactics Delays End Mans Space Tourism Dream

Virgin Galactics Delays End Mans Space Tourism Dream | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson predicted a maiden passenger flight would take off in 2007. But while progress has been made, there is still no launch date for the company’s 450 ticket-holders."

 

Une amie travaillant chez un géant européen du spatial me disait il y a quelque mois que le projet de Branson était du vent. Apparemment...

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Will the Reusable Falcon 9 Kill the Suborbital Launch Industry? | Space Business Blog

Will the Reusable Falcon 9 Kill the Suborbital Launch Industry? | Space Business Blog | Space matters | Scoop.it

With SpaceX’s announcement this week that the company would not only develop a reusable first stage for its Falcon 9 family of rockets but would make a completely reusable rocket system (I will use Clark Lindsey’s nomenclature: "rF9" for reusable Falcon 9), I have been wondering about the future of the young NewSpace companies developing reusable suborbital rockets. Will companies like Masten, Armadillo and to a lesser extent XCOR and Virgin Galactic, survive this incursion from a well-funded NewSpace Cousin?

 


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Obama under fire over space plans... for wrong reasons.

Obama under fire over space plans... for wrong reasons. | Space matters | Scoop.it

There are some reasons to criticize Obama's space plans. But quoting the loss of US supremacy is just plain wrong. The future of space exploration is international and with all the respect due to Armstrong & Cernan, we just have to deal with it.

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Pour son prochain vaisseau spatial, SpaceX se passe de... parachute

Pour son prochain vaisseau spatial, SpaceX se passe de... parachute | Space matters | Scoop.it

Le futur système de lancement de l'entreprise dirigée par Elon Musk sera entièrement réutilisable. Le vaisseau se posera en douceur, grâce à des fusées. Pas de parachute, donc. Si vous ne lisez l'article, la vidéo vaut au moins le coup d'oeil...

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