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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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ISS may become Martian flight simulator

ISS may become Martian flight simulator | Space matters | Scoop.it
Russia's Roscosmos space agency has suggested expanding the length of future expeditions to the International Space Station from the current six months to a year and even longer to provide for the next step in space exploration - manned spaceflights beyond low-Earth orbit.
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How Tiny Worms Could Help Humans Colonize Mars

How Tiny Worms Could Help Humans Colonize Mars | Space matters | Scoop.it
Researchers studying C. elegans roundworms on the International Space Station found that they grow and reproduce well for long periods in space. Sending the worms to Mars or on other deep space missions may be the next step.

 

Indeed, they could shed light on some of the challenges humans will have to overcome to become a multiplanetary species. Those challenges include the muscular deterioration and radiation exposure associated with long-duration spaceflight.

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Accelerating the future: human achievements beyond LEO within a decade

Accelerating the future: human achievements beyond LEO within a decade | Space matters | Scoop.it

ISS modules could be used - and recycled - to be put in places such as Lagrange points.

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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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Boeing: Commercial Crew

Boeing: Commercial Crew | Space matters | Scoop.it

NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) initiative is providing a unique opportunity for Boeing to accelerate development of system concepts, key technologies, risk reductions, and procurement of long lead items for a Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS). Throughout Boeing's corporate history, new aerospace markets have been opened and the range of products and services offered has expanded. NASA's investments in CCDev, coupled with Boeing expertise and resources, will allow significant progress toward delivering a commercial transportation system to ISS and other destinations such as Bigelow Aerospace's Orbital Complex.


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It's time to reconsider the nuclear option for spaceflight

It's time to reconsider the nuclear option for spaceflight | Space matters | Scoop.it

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.

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NASA interest in an interplanetary highway supported by Propellant Depots

NASA interest in an interplanetary highway supported by Propellant Depots | Space matters | Scoop.it

"NASA’s Human Architecture Team (HAT) is actively working on a roadmap towards evolvable demonstrations of Propellant Depots – with a potential goal of setting up an “interplanetary highway” to enable low cost exploration. With proposals being sought, industry sources point to a small, 30 metric ton capacity, Centaur derived depot as an initial leading candidate."

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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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Superflies bred to be the first astronauts on Titan

Superflies bred to be the first astronauts on Titan | Space matters | Scoop.it
Artist Andy Gracie is attempting to breed a strain of fruit fly that could survive on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The first stage of his work, The Quest for Drosophila Titanus, is part of an exhibition currently touring the UK.
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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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Spacesuits of future will try to imitate gravity

Spacesuits of future will try to imitate gravity | Space matters | Scoop.it
Just reaching for floating M&Ms aboard the space station can prove tricky for new astronauts whose bodies are accustomed to Earth's gravity.
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Some Originals of A Lunar Space Elevator Design Made In 1972

Some Originals of A Lunar Space Elevator Design Made In 1972 | Space matters | Scoop.it
Some Originals of A Lunar Space Elevator Design Made In 1972...

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Space Based Solar Power Findings Finally Released

he US based National Space Society (NSS) and Space Canada, an Ontario based not-for-profit organization advocating space based solar power, are jointly trumpeting recently released findings on what they call a "ground-breaking space solar power study," according to the November 15th, 2011 post on the NSS blog titled "National Space Society Hails Space Solar Power Study Findings."

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Virgin Galactic Space Tourists to Get James Bond-style Flight Suits

Virgin Galactic Space Tourists to Get James Bond-style Flight Suits | Space matters | Scoop.it
Commercial space firm Virgin Galactic has picked flight suits to be worn by its space tourists when they launch on its suborbital SpaceShipTwo space planes in the coming years.
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NASA's Next-Gen Spacesuit Could Have an In-Helmet Display

NASA's Next-Gen Spacesuit Could Have an In-Helmet Display | Space matters | Scoop.it

Instructions "written" on the astronaut's armpit ? Seriously ? You bet that would save their day...

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