"The U.S. space agency announced it has awarded a trio of scientists $100,000 to study the ability to trap and move objects using laser light. The technology could be used to gather atmospheric or planetary particles, like molecules, cells and viruses, for analysis."
"Does anyone in the Administration have a sense of irony? Having Europe turn to Russia because the US is too unreliable a launch partner! That is bad, but not as bad as watching the whole American Mars program coming apart. America's recalling of the solar system flagships is perfectly analogous to Zhu Gaochi’s 15th century recall of China’s flagships."
SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk testified before lawmakers on Wednesday, seeking to secure funding to develop a replacement for the Space Shuttles that were decommissioned earlier this year.
"Murmurs of disbelief and “say it ain’t so” rippled across social media outlets late Wednesday and early Thursday in reaction to an op-ed by Mars Society President Robert Zubrin, who claimed that “the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program.” The article was published in the Washington Times, and claimed that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was also targeting the space astronomy program “for destruction.” This would all be horrible if true, but the director of NASA’s Planetary Science division, Jim Green assured members of the NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Science subcommittee that it is not."
Despite the fact a nuclear powered rocket would be better, faster, more powerful and less expensive than existing rocket technology, public opposition to anything with the word "nuclear" in it, has been too strong to overcome. With a fleet of nuclear powered spaceships we could establish permanent human colonies on Mars, Venus, even the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, with ease; we could explore the Kuiper belt and mine asteroids for precious minerals. Also, had we spent the past few decades refining and improving nuclear powered rocket technology instead of wasting money on chemical rockets we would be thinking about exploring beyond the edge of our solar system, possibly planning missions to nearby star systems, rather than wondering how we will get an astronaut to the International Space Station.
"Russia and ESA are just finishing up a 500-day simulated Mars mission here on Earth, and now Roscosmos, Russia’s Federal Space Agency is considering taking it to the next level and conducting a “virtual” Mars mission experiment in space, on board the International Space Station."
Le Monde.fr - Ce premier amarrage entre dans le cadre du programme visant à doter, d'ici à une décennie, la Chine d'une station orbitale dans laquelle un équipage peut vivre en autonomie durant plusieurs mois.
Un designer industriel, membre d'équipage du Hab MDRS, dans le désert de l'Utah.
Charlotte Poupon part le 1er décembre vivre dans cette boite de conserve. Objectif, entre autres : apprendre comment (sur)vivre dans des espaces confinés sur de longues durées... avant d'aller vraiment sur Mars.
Après un an et demi d'isolement, fin de la simulation d'un voyage sur Mars organisée dans une réplique de vaisseau spatial près de Moscou.
"« Oui, l'équipage peut survivre à l'inévitable isolation qu'impose un voyage aller-retour vers Mars», conclut Patrick Sundblad, du département des sciences de la vie à l'Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), co-organisatrice de l'expérience."
Are we there yet? Psychologists watch the events inside a spaceship on closed-circuit monitors 24/7. Here's what the extreme, extended isolation of a simulated mission to Mars does to the body and mind.
“I believe in a humankind that is space-faring, that expands its frontiers. I believe we cannot risk losing everything we have done by putting all our eggs in one basket—Earth. “ Diego Urbina, Mars500.
Talk about a truly ‘world-wide’ web! As the astronauts aboard the International Space Station orbit Earth at 28,000 kph (17,500 mph) they now have the ultimate wireless connection and direct, live access to the internet.
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