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SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad - The New York Times

SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad - The New York Times | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
After years of delay, the Falcon Heavy — a beefed-up version of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 — could launch in the weeks ahead.
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Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins • The Register

Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins • The Register | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
El Reg says: Ignore the Big Red Planet lobby, get your ASCII to somewhere better...
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Florida Tech Alumni to Speak Friday on Exoplanet Satellite Mission

Florida Tech Alumni to Speak Friday on Exoplanet Satellite Mission | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Jeff Volosin and Eblan Farris will present, “The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission.” The presentation starts at 4 p.m. in Room 140 of the Olin Physical Sciences Center on Florida Tech’s Melbourne campus.
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Readers weigh in on human gene editing and more

Readers weigh in on human gene editing and more | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

The possibility that human visitors could carry Earth-based microbes to the Red Planet has roiled the Mars research community, Lisa Grossman reported in “How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars” 

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Erosion is revealing surprising amounts of water ice on Mars

Erosion is revealing surprising amounts of water ice on Mars | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

If future astronauts need to mine water on Mars, they may not even have to dig. Thanks to erosion wearing away the Martian surface, scientists using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted thick deposits of ice in the planet's mid-latitudes that extend hundreds of feet deep.

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How HoloLens is helping Nasa design the next Mars rover

How HoloLens is helping Nasa design the next Mars rover | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Nasa has teamed up with Microsoft to help scientists collaborate on Mars research
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Readers weigh in on human gene editing and more

Readers weigh in on human gene editing and more | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Readers debated feeling morally obligated to edit their kid's genes and had questions about exoplanets.
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STUDENTS DISCOVER HOW TO GROW HOPS ON MARS

STUDENTS DISCOVER HOW TO GROW HOPS ON MARS | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Students at a US university have discovered how to grow hops on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary agriculture in the not-too-distant future.
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United Arab Emirates to build Martian mini-city

United Arab Emirates to build Martian mini-city | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
The massive Mars colony simulation located in the Dubai desert will be designed by Danish architect Bjake Ingels.
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Studies of Clay Formation Provide Clues to Early Martian Climate

Studies of Clay Formation Provide Clues to Early Martian Climate | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Mountain View, CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2018 -
New research published in Nature Astronomy seeks to understand how surface clay was formed on Mars despite its cold climate.

The climate on early Mars has presented an enigma for planetary sci
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How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars

How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
As the race to put humans on Mars heats up, researchers worry they are running out of time to find life on the Red planet.
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SpaceX launches supplies to space station, lands Falcon 9 booster

SpaceX launches supplies to space station, lands Falcon 9 booster | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

Florida-based astrophysicists and biologists are among the scientists waiting to begin their experiments, which are getting a ride to the space station inside the Dragon spacecraft. Dr. Daniel Batcheldor, Florida Institute of Technology astrophysicist, is the principal investigator for the charge injection device to be tested on the International Space Station Center for the Advancement of Science in Space or CASIS lab.

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Magnetic stars could have created LIGO’s massive black holes

Magnetic stars could have created LIGO’s massive black holes | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

 “These massive stars can lose up to half their mass to their dense stellar winds,” says study coauthor Véronique Petit, an astrophysicist at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. That leaves only enough mass to make a more modest black hole.


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Moon walking: Ex-Nasa astronauts describe lunar experience

Moon walking: Ex-Nasa astronauts describe lunar experience | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Read the experiences of the four surviving astronauts to have set foot on the lunar surface.
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Do You Have What It Takes to Go to Mars? Lead Like an Astronaut in Your Own Office.

Do You Have What It Takes to Go to Mars? Lead Like an Astronaut in Your Own Office. | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
The team to Mars will be stuck with each other for about nine months in some close and cramped quarters, so there are specific skills and characteristics required to make this mission work.
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How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars

How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

Microbes from Earth might complicate human junkets to the Red Planet BY LISA GROSSMAN 11:30AM, JANUARY 10, 2018 MUCKING UP MARS  Scientists are racing to figure out how to keep astronauts and potential life on Mars safe from one another before humans arrive at the Red Planet.

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Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon - SpaceRef

Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon - SpaceRef | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes. 

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Student Researchers Grow Plants on "Mars"

A team of student researchers are using a simulated Mars soil known as regolith to experiment with various crops. Their goal is to determine the viabilit
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Space tourism could help boost science and health research – here's how

Space tourism could help boost science and health research – here's how | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Spaceports will pave the way for spaceplanes, helping scientists access space for medical research.
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CAD models on Mars

CAD models on Mars | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
Contestants in a recent Mars design challenge are creating 3D CAD models that depict buildings and vehicles that would allow humans to colonize the red planet.
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The Humans to Mars Podcast

The Humans to Mars Podcast | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
The goal of sending Humans to Mars has been a driving force for many in the space community for decades. This weeks podcast discusses this topic.
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Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon - SpaceRef

Possible Lava Tube Skylights Discovered Near the North Pole of the Moon - SpaceRef | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes....
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Erosion is revealing surprising amounts of water ice on Mars

Erosion is revealing surprising amounts of water ice on Mars | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it
If future astronauts need to mine water on Mars, they may not even have to dig. Scientists using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted thick deposits of ice in the planet’s mid-latitudes that extend hundreds of feet deep.
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Tapping Resources in Space and the Community

Tapping Resources in Space and the Community | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

NASA participates in "Living Off the Land in Space" lecture series at Florida Institute of Technology. Famed moonwalker and Florida Tech research professor Buzz Aldrin dropped by the class to talk to the students. 

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Buzz Aldrin has a plan to colonise Mars by 2040

Buzz Aldrin has a plan to colonise Mars by 2040 | Space Research in the News | Scoop.it

The second man to walk on the Moon is now working on "a master plan" for colonising Mars within the next 25 years. Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to figure out how we can make the planet habitable by 2040, via the efforts of a new Buzz Aldrin Space Institute set to open later this year.

Although he admits the schedule is "adjustable", Aldrin wants to see mankind on Mars by 2040, and specifically by 2039 (the 70th anniversary of his own walk on the Moon). Right now, NASA is working on getting to Mars by the mid 2030s, and Aldrin hopes the agency is going to take some of his ideas on board.


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