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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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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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The million dollar space pen hoax

The million dollar space pen hoax | Space matters | Scoop.it
There's a famous legend that America spent millions on the development of a 'space pen' that writes upside down, while the Russians used a pencil. Here's the truth behind the legend.
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Les 10 produits les plus étranges issus des technologies de la Nasa | Slate

Les 10 produits les plus étranges issus des technologies de la Nasa | Slate | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Une fleur aquatique qui absorbe les eaux usées, un lubrifiant, une appli iPad de géolocalisation, des couches ultra-absorbantes, un parfum à la rose «en apesanteur», autant de produits «innovants» créés grâce aux technologies de la Nasa...."

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Countdown to Europe’s first Soyuz launch under way

Countdown to Europe’s first Soyuz launch under way | Space matters | Scoop.it
The clock is ticking for the first Soyuz flight from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The rocket, which will carry the first two satellites of Europe’s Galileo navigation system into orbit, is being prepared for launch on 20 October.
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New support for idea Mars was once cold, wet

New support for idea Mars was once cold, wet | Space matters | Scoop.it
The existence of an ancient, frigid ocean on Mars that was surrounded by glaciers could explain the unusual minerals found making up the northern lowlands of the Red Planet, a new study suggests.
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NASA-ATK Agreement Could Accelerate Commercial Crew

Read about NASA's upcoming announcement of an agreement with ATK that could accelerate the availability of U.S. commercial crew transporation capabilities.


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Tech Company Wants To Clean Up Space Garbage With Giant Nets

Tech Company Wants To Clean Up Space Garbage With Giant Nets | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Wile there are no government plans currently in place to clean up space, the private sector is developing some ideas on how to go about making sure that there is enough space in space to allow for future flights."

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Future Spacesuit to Imitate Gravity on Long NASA Missions

Future Spacesuit to Imitate Gravity on Long NASA Missions | Space matters | Scoop.it
A prototype spacesuit could help astronauts move more naturally in zero-g and also get them re-acclimated to Earth's gravity before they return home...
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How big is our Solar System?

How big is our Solar System? | Space matters | Scoop.it

C'est comme savoir que la distance Terre-Lune est de 384 000 kilomètres. Ca n'avance à rien. Alors Filya vous aide à vous la représenter.

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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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Le premier lanceur entièrement réutilisable!

Space X, toujours plus économique : son lanceur Falcon 9 sera réutilisable ! [Vidéo inside]

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Chine : compte à rebours vers une première station spatiale - LeMonde.fr

Chine : compte à rebours vers une première station spatiale - LeMonde.fr | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le Monde.fr - Pékin prépare le lancement d'un module, dans l'optique de se doter d'une station permanente à l'horizon 2020.
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NASA Moves Step Closer to Space Taxis | Discovery News

NASA Moves Step Closer to Space Taxis | Discovery News | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA hopes some U.S. companies will soon be giving the Russians a run for their money to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

 

Under a new draft solicitation unveiled Monday, the U.S. government is planning to buttress private space efforts to the tune of $1.6 billion beginning in July.

 

The agency intends to select at least two, and possibly more, candidate space taxis for funding, part of an ongoing effort to hand over crew transportation services to the space station to commercial providers. Since the space shuttles were retired this summer, Russia has a monopoly on station crew ferry flights, a service that costs more than $50 million per person.


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How to Send Astronauts to Asteroids? Earth Needs to Know, Report Suggests

How to Send Astronauts to Asteroids? Earth Needs to Know, Report Suggests | Space matters | Scoop.it
A new report lays out the vital steps NASA and other agencies need to take to send astronauts to an asteroid. A manned asteroid mission is vital to protecting Earth from asteroid strikes, it adds.
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Asteroids are making Earth’s weather unpredictable

Asteroids are making Earth’s weather unpredictable | Space matters | Scoop.it

Strong chaos may be induced by close encounters with Ceres and Vesta, the two largest bodies in the Asteroid belt.

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NASA's smaller programs could be at risk

NASA's smaller programs could be at risk | Space matters | Scoop.it
The cost of NASA's two flagship programs - a new space telescope and its next rocket - is poised to devour much of the agency's shrinking budget in coming years, putting at risk everything from efforts to develop futuristic spacecraft to returning rocks from Mars, scientists and congressional insiders warn.
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Le nouveau robot martien Curiosity décolle dans trois mois

Le nouveau robot martien Curiosity décolle dans trois mois | Space matters | Scoop.it
Le robot martien Curiosity est prêt à partir pour sa future planète adoptive. Le décollage se fera dans 3 mois. Animation 3D de sa mission sur la planète rouge !
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