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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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Russia is planning to put a man on the Moon by 2020

Russia is planning to put a man on the Moon by 2020 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia is planning to put a man on the Moon, and anyone can apply to join the crew. The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, may have suffered some humiliating setbacks in recent months, but it’s hitting back by aiming even higher.
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How a spacecraft propelled by ion drives could deliver humanity deeper into space than ever before. [Interactive] - Scientific American

How a spacecraft propelled by ion drives could deliver humanity deeper into space than ever before. [Interactive] - Scientific American | Space matters | Scoop.it

A reusable, electrically propelled spacecraft would open up vast realms of deep space to human exploration. This interactive provides a walkthrough of the proposal laid out by Damon Landau and Nathan J. Strange in "This Way to Mars", an article in the December 2011 issue of Scientific American.

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Moon Express is testing a future lunar telescope

"We have barely begun to unravel and unveil the moon's mysteries and resources," Richards said. "However, starting in the next two years, the moon will become more like Earth's sister world as part of our economic sphere, a destination of exploration and settlement, and a stepping stone to Mars and beyond."

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Moon Still Focus For Global-Backed Missions | AVIATION WEEK

Moon Still Focus For Global-Backed Missions | AVIATION WEEK | Space matters | Scoop.it

Despite competition from Mars & asteroids, a return to the Moon is still on the agenda.

 

"Internationally sponsored missions and entrepreneurs desire to understanding more deeply and profit from resources."

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Voler au dessus de la Lune en 3D

Voler au dessus de la Lune en 3D | Space matters | Scoop.it

L'agence spatiale allemande, la DLR, vous a concocté un petit survol de notre satellite et des sites d'alunissage Apollo en trois dimensions.

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Space Blog Alpha: China may grab manned space lead and focus on the moon, Bigelow warns

"Billionaire space executive and entrepreneur Robert Bigelow is warning that China is poised to dominate manned space efforts and within 15 years may be in a position to stake a claim on the moon. (...) The Chinese space program could serve as a "fear factor" to energize the efforts of NASA and its space partners. "It's the best kick in the ass that you can have""

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Des humains sur la Lune dès 2019 ?

Des humains sur la Lune dès 2019 ? | Space matters | Scoop.it

Etablir une base lunaire opérationnelle ainsi qu'un dépot de carburant : un projet auquel il ne manque plus que quelques deniers pour décoller. L'entreprise Shackleton Energy (SEC) lance son ultime campagne de récolte de fonds sur le site de Rockethub, une des plus importantes plateformes de "crowdfunding" aux Etats-Unis.

 

SEC est attirée par la découverte d'énormes réserves de glace d'eau par la NASA au pôle Sud de notre satellite (à un endroit précis jamais éclairé par le Soleil, le cratère...Shackleton).

 

Les fonds récoltés devront permettre de lever un capital dédié à terminer le design des premiers éléments du système base / dépot de carburant.


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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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Future Moon colonies could be powered by titanium

Future Moon colonies could be powered by titanium | Space matters | Scoop.it
Scientists examining Hubble Telescope images of the Moon recently noticed what looked like titanium deposits all around the 1972 Apollo 17 landing site.
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La NASA aux futurs explorateurs de la Lune : merci de ne pas toucher à nos Apollo

La NASA aux futurs explorateurs de la Lune : merci de ne pas toucher à nos Apollo | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA has begun drafting guidelines to protect the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 landing sites, listing them as off-limits, and including ground-travel buffers and no-fly zones to avoid spraying rocket exhaust or dust onto aging, but historic, equipment.
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Meet the Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon

Meet the Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon | Space matters | Scoop.it
The moon is made not of green cheese but of far more valuable stuff. And Moon Express wants to capitalize on that fact by piggybacking on private shuttle flights, using them to carry lunar landers and mining platforms to the moon.
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Mission may put budding scientists over the moon

Mission may put budding scientists over the moon | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Imagine piloting a sleek spaceship soaring just 34 miles above the surface of the moon, flying a reconnaissance mission aimed at (...) finding the landing site for the next human expedition to the moon"

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Leaping Lunar Landers!

Leaping Lunar Landers! | Space matters | Scoop.it
Can a spacecraft hop its way to winning the Google Lunar X prize?

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Russia wants manned base on moon

"Russia's Space Agency's announced ambitious plans to step up exploration of the Moon and has even called for the creation of a permanent base there."


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The Latest Destination for Human Spaceflight

The Latest Destination for Human Spaceflight | Space matters | Scoop.it

Humans to Venus? To Paul D. Spudis, "the latest proposed destination for human space missions illustrates the essential hollowness of the current direction of the US civil space program."

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The Space Review: A rationale for human spaceflight

The Space Review: A rationale for human spaceflight | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Expansion of the human economy over this century will be key to the maintenance of a technological civilization. Without the capabilities that only such a civilization affords, the immediate human future could turn unimaginably dark. Human spaceflight is one tool we can use to allow people to see the possibility of a better future, to expand our technological base, to develop additional resources by seeking cooperation and writing new law, and ultimately to see ourselves in a new way.

 

That’s why humans need to fly in space."

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i.am.FIRST@MoonExpress

In September 2011, Moon Express hired some of the brightest young engineers from the NASA Ames Robotics Academy to form the Moon Express Robotics Lab for Innovation (MERLIN).

 

Their inspiration came from the FIRST Robotics competition, where they participated in and ultimately led the 2011 World Championship Team 254 based at NASA Ames.

 

Now they are designing robots that will fly to the Moon.

 

This is their story.


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Vidéo : les plan de Shackleton energy pour installer une base lunaire habitée

Retour en vidéo sur le projet de base lunaire de cette entreprise, lors d'une conférence TED présentée par Bill Stone, le 27 octobre 2011.

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Moon Express wants you... for the Moon !

Moon Express wants you... for the Moon ! | Space matters | Scoop.it

Do you like robots? Want to work somewhere awesome? Moon Express is hiring!

 

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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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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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Spirou et le retour sur la Lune

Spirou et le retour sur la Lune | Space matters | Scoop.it

"A l'occasion de la sortie du 52e album de Spirou et Fantasio, "La face cachée du Z", dans lequel les héros sont transportés sur la Lune par leur ennemi Zorglub, Marc Toussaint, ingénieur système des techniques spatiales et des lanceurs à l'ESA, répond à la question du retour sur la Lune."

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Does China Want To Own The Moon?

Does China Want To Own The Moon? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Although treaties forbid ownership, the powerful nation would have little resistance when laying claim to lunar resources.

 

Malheureusement, le titre est un peu racoleur. Dès le chapô, on comprend qu'il s'agit de vues sur les ressources, ce qui ne pose pas les mêmes problèmes en droit.

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Russians see room for moonbase in lunar lava caves

Russians see room for moonbase in lunar lava caves | Space matters | Scoop.it

The first such lunar colonies could be built by 2030, estimated Boris Kryuchkov, the deputy science head at the russian "Star City" training center.

 

As the world's space agencies debate where to fly beyond low-Earth orbit, including deep space missions to asteroids and Mars, the European Space Agency's (ESA) head of human spaceflight programs also said the moon looked attractive.

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Lunar Excavator Development

PhD student Krzysztof Skonieczny discusses his work on developing the lightweight lunar excavator robot bucket-wheel, as well as some views on the future of space exploration.
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