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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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Un ascenseur spatial, ce n'est pas de la science-fiction

Un ascenseur spatial, ce n'est pas de la science-fiction | Space matters | Scoop.it

Un ascenseur spatial capable de faire la navette pour des robots ou des humains de la Terre à l'espace est un rêve qui existe depuis des décennies. Mais une société dirigée par un ancien chercheur de la NASA dit qu'il peut construire un ascenseur spatial sur la Lune en utilisant la technologie d'aujourd'hui.

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NASA Simulates Asteroid Mission for Potential 2025 Flight

NASA Simulates Asteroid Mission for Potential 2025 Flight | Space matters | Scoop.it
The mock asteroid mission simulated the tools and techniques for exploring space rocks.

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Mock asteroid mission set for launch

Mock asteroid mission set for launch | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA's Desert RATS team is ready to begin a visit to a near-Earth asteroid next week — a simulated mission, that is.
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Is space mining really feasible?

Is space mining really feasible? | Space matters | Scoop.it

What do those in the know make of the bold plans dreamed up by wannabe asteroid miners Eric Anderson and Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources? Few outfits are more familiar with asteroids than the Minor Planet Center at Harvard University. Paul Marks asked its director Tim Spahr if he thinks the operation will succeed

 

 

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Is a moon colony on the horizon?

Is a moon colony on the horizon? | Space matters | Scoop.it
Imagine a machine that could build a 2,000 square foot home in under 24 hours. Imagine one that could do that on the surface of the moon?

 

Well, if you read Moonrise by Ben Bova, you can see what printing bases on the Moon looks like...

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The Coming U.S.-China Space Race | China Power

The Coming U.S.-China Space Race | China Power | Space matters | Scoop.it

What do American successes at the Olympics and on Mars have in common? Both have wounded China’s prid.

 

 

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Neil Armstrong's death should be a wake-up call for the world

Neil Armstrong's death should be a wake-up call for the world | Space matters | Scoop.it

Nobody born since 1935 has stepped on another world. Neil Armstrong's death is a reminder that we have been screwing about for too long now – it's time to go to Mars

 

 

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Beaming Solar Power From Space

Beaming Solar Power From Space | Space matters | Scoop.it
Mafic Studios depicts how solar power satellites could beam energy to
Earth from orbit in this animation.

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Infographic: Every Trip To The Moon, Ever

Infographic: Every Trip To The Moon, Ever | Space matters | Scoop.it
Once the U.S. planted a flag on the moon, it was easy to forget the trials and tribulations of the space race. But did you know that the United States and Soviet Union combined for eight failed missions to the moon within a single year?
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Nasa selects another Mars mission

Nasa selects another Mars mission | Space matters | Scoop.it
Just two weeks after landing its Curiosity rover on Mars, the US space agency announces it will send another robot to the planet in 2016.

 

Is NASA adding insult to injury after pulling out of Exomars ?

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Galactic Suite Signs Contract with Chinese Launcher to Send Rover to the Moon in June 2014

Galactic Suite Signs Contract with Chinese Launcher to Send Rover to the Moon in June 2014 | Space matters | Scoop.it

Barcelona Moon Team, competing in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, announced they have made the necessary technological progress to be the first European team to sign a launch contract. June 2014 is the target date to deliver their rover into space via rocket by Great China Wall Industry and land on the moon.

 

 

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Curopsity: From terror to triumph

Curopsity: From terror to triumph | Space matters | Scoop.it

"In an era of self-doubt and worries that we’re not as good as we once were, putting a one-ton rover on the surface of a planet hundreds of millions of kilometers away, and doing so almost exactly as planned, should remind us that are best days are not behind us, and give us the confidence to go boldly into the universe."

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Google-Backed Asteroid Mining Venture Attracts Billionaires

Google-Backed Asteroid Mining Venture Attracts Billionaires | Space matters | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources Inc., an asteroid-mining venture backed by Google Inc. executives, said it added more billionaire investors and is nearing a partnership agreement with a “top-10” mining company.

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Is this how man will get back to the moon? The space elevator to the lunar surface that 'could be built today'

Is this how man will get back to the moon? The space elevator to the lunar surface that 'could be built today' | Space matters | Scoop.it
A space elevator using a 'ribbon' cable to take robots and humans from the earth to the moon can be built today, a California firm has claimed.
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Red Moon Rising - By John Hickman

Red Moon Rising - By John Hickman | Space matters | Scoop.it

China certainly isn't shy about its heavenly ambitions. In 2011, Beijing announced plans to put a man on the moon by 2020, and its space agency has publicly suggested establishing a "base on the moon as we did in the South Pole and the North Pole." Still, Washington has given little thought to the possibility that once a permanent settlement is established, Beijing might seek to assert extraterrestrial territorial sovereignty, effectively declaring part of the moon's surface Chinese territory.

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Solar-electric Advancing For Deep-space Propulsion

Solar-electric Advancing For Deep-space Propulsion | Space matters | Scoop.it

Working in the background, a relatively small group of U.S. spaceflight engineers has been figuring out just what it will take to get humans out of low Earth orbit to Mars, with stops along the way in cislunar space and perhaps on near-Earth asteroids. Spearheaded by William Gerstenmaier, associate NASA administrator for human exploration and operations, and managed in part by John Shannon, the last space shuttle program manager, the team is developing mission architectures that will guide the elected and appointed politicians who must fund and manage mankind's next steps into the Solar System. With budgets tight for the foreseeable future, a lot of attention is going into affordable technology.

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Beyond Belief - By David Rothkopf

Beyond Belief - By David Rothkopf | Space matters | Scoop.it

Neil Armstrong's death reminds us that there is no such thing as faith-based progress.

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Roving Curiosity: Why NASA's Jaw Dropping Mars Mission Is Worth Every Penny

Roving Curiosity: Why NASA's Jaw Dropping Mars Mission Is Worth Every Penny | Space matters | Scoop.it
NASA's role—"to reveal the unknown for the benefit of all humanity"—could never be fulfilled by the profit-oriented, risk-averse private sector.
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Un Américain foulera le sol de Mars, un jour ou l’autre | Slate

Un Américain foulera le sol de Mars, un jour ou l’autre | Slate | Space matters | Scoop.it
Après l'affrontement Etats-Unis - URSS qui a envoyé l'homme sur la Lune en 1969, c'est la bataille entre les Américains et les Chinois qui sera le moteur des premiers pas sur la planète rouge.
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Rover's first find in Sharp focus

Rover's first find in Sharp focus | Space matters | Scoop.it
The US space agency's Curiosity rover snaps increasingly informative images and relays audio from Earth ahead of its trip to the Glenelg junction.
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New HD Video Lets You Plummet to Mars With Curiosity | Wired Science | Wired.com

New HD Video Lets You Plummet to Mars With Curiosity | Wired Science | Wired.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
Watching this amazing high-definition video of Curiosity's hair-raising landing on Mars might make you clutch at the nearest armrest.
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French German Study Backs Ariane 5 Upgrade over New Rocket | SpaceNews.com

French German Study Backs Ariane 5 Upgrade over New Rocket | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

PARIS — A six-month joint French-German government study of future launch vehicle and space station investment options has reinforced the German space agency’s preference for an upgraded Ariane 5 rocket instead of a new-generation Ariane 6, and cooperation with the United States on a U.S.-led crew vehicle instead of a European-led alternative, the agency’s chief said Aug. 21.

 

 

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Elon Musk says moving a family to Mars should cost $500k by 2029, and we want to believe

Elon Musk says moving a family to Mars should cost $500k by 2029, and we want to believe | Space matters | Scoop.it

 

Elon Musk has done so many things in his career that Matthew Panzarino finds it hard to doubt him when Musk says that he wants human families to be able to travel to Mars by 2025, and he wants it to cost less than $500,000.

 

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Curiosity Rover Could Spark Mars Space Race - US News and World Report

Curiosity Rover Could Spark Mars Space Race - US News and World Report | Space matters | Scoop.it

Experts hope the Curiosity rover's successful landing Monday will reassert American dominance in space and could fuel future missions to Mars.

 

 

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Humans on Mars: The Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Plausible Plans in History | Wired Science | Wired.com

Humans on Mars: The Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Plausible Plans in History | Wired Science | Wired.com | Space matters | Scoop.it
As every space enthusiast knows, within 20 years we will land people on Mars. Here we take a look a historical look at Mars plans both crazy and sane and the few that really stood a good chance at becoming reality.
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