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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 se prépare à ravitailler la Station spatiale

SpaceX se prépare à ravitailler la Station spatiale | Space matters | Scoop.it
La Nasa devrait autoriser SpaceX à fusionner en une seule mission les deux vols de démonstration qui restent à effectuer pour tester le cargo spatial Dragon. L'engin pourrait être lancé le 30 novembre avec un amarrage à la Station le 7 décembre.
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Evidence Builds For Water on Mars

Evidence Builds For Water on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Evidence is mounting that Mars once had significant amounts of water — a good sign for NASA's Curiosity rover, which will land in Gale Crater in search for signs of water.
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Race to the Moon Heats Up for Private Firms

Race to the Moon Heats Up for Private Firms | Space matters | Scoop.it
Spurred by the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, 29 teams have signed up for a competition to become the first private venture to land on the Moon.
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A Fusion Thruster for Space Travel - IEEE Spectrum

A Fusion Thruster for Space Travel - IEEE Spectrum | Space matters | Scoop.it
Clean, highly energetic reaction delivers a lot of drive from a drop of fuel...
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The Space Review: A transorbital railroad to Mars

The Space Review: A transorbital railroad to Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
In a presentation at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Huntsville, Alabama, Mars Society president Robert Zubrin unveiled a concept he calls the “Transorbital Railroad” to provide low-cost and regular access to space. The name, he explained in an interview at ISDC the day before his presentation, is intended to draw a parallel with the development of the transcontinental railroad in the United States in the 1860s. “How do we create something to open the way to space in as profound a way as the transcontinental railroad?”
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Shuttling backwards

One of the great debates among future space historians will be over why NASA continued to fly the Space Shuttles long after it become obvious that the system was a deadweight that held back the agency from reaching its purported goals in space. The stupendous expense of the Shuttles reduced the number of human spaceflight missions and severely constrained development of cost-effective launch systems and in-space technologies. The low flight rate of the fragile Shuttles slowed and drove up the cost of the few human spaceflight missions the agency did have, especially the ISS.
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Dawn captures first orbital image of asteroid Vesta

Dawn captures first orbital image of asteroid Vesta | Space matters | Scoop.it
The giant asteroid Vesta is revealed as never before in the first image of it taken from orbit. Craters, ridges and mountains all have stories to tell about the history of this asteroid.
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Bigelow Aerospace Model the Future in Space

Bigelow Aerospace Model the Future in Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Chouette vidéo présentant ce à quoi ressembleront les modules gonflables que Bigelow Aerospace compte envoyer en orbite et sur la Lune.
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Colonizing Space - '70s Style!

A NASA video from a time of great optimism about space exploration. The Apollo missions were completed and the Space Shuttle program was underway. When the future had style.
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft reaches giant asteroid - One News Page Science

NASA's Dawn spacecraft reaches giant asteroid - One News Page Science | Space matters | Scoop.it
Following a four-year journey, NASA's Dawn spacecraft reaches giant asteroid Vesta 117 million miles from Earth
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En 2011, Atlantis prend sa retraite et l'URSS gagne la guerre des étoiles | Slate

En 2011, Atlantis prend sa retraite et l'URSS gagne la guerre des étoiles | Slate | Space matters | Scoop.it
La fin du programme des navettes spatiales marque la fin d'une course à l'espace finalement perdue au troisième acte par les Américains.
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The era of American space exploration is just beginning

The era of American space exploration is just beginning | Space matters | Scoop.it
As other nations join us above the Earth, [Andrew Liptak thinks] it will be imperative for the United States to keep a presence there as well, and the best way to maintain that is to implement a strategic program to turn LEO into a way-point for objects further out, such as asteroids or Mars, rather than a destination in and of itself.
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Astronauts test pee-purifying tech in space

Astronauts test pee-purifying tech in space | Space matters | Scoop.it
One of the last experiments ever performed on a space shuttle may one day help develop an efficient way to convert astronauts' urine into drinking water.
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Bizarre Dwarf Planet Haumea Wrapped in Ice Blanket

Bizarre Dwarf Planet Haumea Wrapped in Ice Blanket | Space matters | Scoop.it
Radioactivity and gravity may be why the strange football-shaped dwarf planet known as Haumea and its moons are unexpectedly sheathed in crystalline ice.
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NASA picks spot to probe for life on Mars

NASA picks spot to probe for life on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) July 22, 2011 - NASA on Friday announced which crater it has picked for the 2.5 billion dollar Mars rover, Curiosity, to probe for signs of life when the unmanned vehicle is lowered onto the red planet next year.
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La NASA imaginait des colonies spatiales dans les années 1970

La NASA imaginait des colonies spatiales dans les années 1970 | Space matters | Scoop.it
L’Homme aurait pu coloniser l’espace dans les années 2000. C’est du moins ce que pensaient les scientifiques il y a quarante ans, comme ils l’expliquent dans une vidéo délicieusement rétro.
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The Space Review: Colonize the Moon before Mars

The Space Review: Colonize the Moon before Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
And you, what would be your choice ? And I don't mean as a vacation...
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How do you keep spacesuits germ-free on Mars?

How do you keep spacesuits germ-free on Mars? | Space matters | Scoop.it
"To search for life on Mars, future astronauts would naturally want to step outside their living habitat for a walk." So scientists are working to avoid contamination in the search for life on Red Planet
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Skin-Tight Space Suit Could Keep Astronauts Strong : Discovery News

Skin-Tight Space Suit Could Keep Astronauts Strong : Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it
Ok, la nouvelle date de quelques mois. Mais des combinaisons spatiales qui donnent le look de superhéro, qui empêchent les os de ramollir ? C'est juste ce qui manque aux séjours de longue durée dans l'espace pour devenir monnaie courante. Encore une innovation signée MIT.
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Cosmic Log - SpaceX chief sets his sights on Mars

Cosmic Log - SpaceX chief sets his sights on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
"Don't expect to hear any nostalgia about the soon-to-end space shuttle era from Elon Musk, the millionaire founder of Space Exploration Technologies. Musk isn't prone to look to the past, but rather to the future — to a "new era of spaceflight" that eventually leads to Mars."
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It's official: NASA spacecraft is orbiting giant asteroid

It's official: NASA spacecraft is orbiting giant asteroid | Space matters | Scoop.it
Dawn est la première sonde à se mettre en orbite autour d'un objet de la Ceinture d'astéroïdes, située entre Mars et Jupiter.
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SpaceX chief sets his sights on Mars

SpaceX chief sets his sights on Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Don't expect to hear any nostalgia about the soon-to-end space shuttle era from Elon Musk, the millionaire founder of Space Exploration Technologies.
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$30 Million Private Moon Race Gets New Chief | Google Lunar X Prize | Private Spaceflight & Moon Exploration | Space.com

$30 Million Private Moon Race Gets New Chief | Google Lunar X Prize | Private Spaceflight & Moon Exploration | Space.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
Alexandra Hall will oversee the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize as its senior director. Hall is the co-founder and former CEO of Airship Ventures. She also served as executive director of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, Calif.
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NASA’s Stillsuit: Atlantis Crew to Test Pee-Recycling Bag

NASA’s Stillsuit: Atlantis Crew to Test Pee-Recycling Bag | Space matters | Scoop.it
A textbook-sized kit that can convert urine into drinkable water accompanies NASA's last space shuttle mission.
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