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The China Space Program management reports that diversifying their presence throughout the solar system and beyond is a viable risk mitigation strategy to ensure the long-term survival of life and our civilization. Investing in a life insurance policy does not free us from the responsibility to do everything we can to mitigate against existential risks on our home planet, whether they are natural or human-made. However, should we fail, a self-sustaining human settlement on Mars and elsewhere could carry the torch of our civilization.

Some terrestrial needs are best served by going t... More →
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Rice University lab creates energy storage that may find use in oil discovery, space, military applications. Clay, an abundant and cheap natural material, is a key ingredient in a supercapacitor that can operate at very high temperatures, according to Rice University researchers who have developed such a device. The Rice group of materials led by geoscientist Pulickel Ajayan reported in Nature online journal, Scientific Reports, that the supercapacitor is reliable at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit) and possibly beyond. It could be useful for powering devices ... More →
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Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix blog that the idea of a human colony on Titan, a moon of Saturn, might sound crazy. Although its temperature hovers at nearly 300 degrees below zero F, and its skies rain methane and ethane that flow into hydrocarbon seas, Titan could be the only place in the solar system where it makes sense to build a permanent, self-sufficient human settlement.

They reached this conclusion after looking at the planets in a new way, ecologically. They considered the habitat that human beings need and searched for those conditions in our celestial neighborhoo... More →
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Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Michael Lopez-Alegria said that in the latest NASA budget, NASA and the Administration have continued to support a prompt return of American astronauts to the International Space Station on American vehicles. He said further that we are encouraged by the support shown for the Commercial Crew Program, which is now in a critical phase as complete crew transportation systems go through design, build and testing.

NASA also continues to look toward the future by prioritizing investments in technology through the Space Technology Mission Directo... More →
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As Senior Space Editor Frank Morring says, companies are looking for pots of gold in space. That gold could come from commercial efforts that would extend the life of the International Space Station or to mine water from the Moon.

Civilian space agencies might benefit as well as working with each other to reach the Moon and ultimately charting a path to Mars. Frank joins Mark Carreau and Jen DiMascio at the annual space symposium in Colorado Springs and discuss the latest efforts to explore, and profit from, outer space.

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Find Out More »  |  Open Resource  |  2016/04/15  |  146 Report Broken   Tell A Friend

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A NASA team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made after a recent successful Mission Critical Design Review (CDR) for the NASA Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx). The CDR was held at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Littleton, Colo., April 1-9. An independent review board, comprised of experts from NASA and several external organiza... More →
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Jay Bennett reports that DARPA announced that it has selected Boeing to design and build a new reusable, hypersonic spaceplane called the Phantom Express that would fly into high suborbital altitudes to launch satellites into orbit before coming back down to land horizontally like an airplane.

The unmanned craft, part of the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, would release a small expendable upper stage rocket after it reaches suborbital altitudes. The upper stage would continue to carry the payload to orbit while the first stage, the spaceplane itself, would bank and return to... More →
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Bruce Dorminey reports that long stays in space have a major hitch. Medical studies on the effects of microgravity on astronauts after many months in low-Earth orbit (LEO) can not get around one hard truth. Humans, all critters, did not evolve for life without gravity. Thus, artificial gravity habitats are now being discussed as a crucial component of long-duration near-Earth asteroid (NEA) exploration and mining missions.

Artificial gravity will be particularly important for years-long commercial missions where real-time telerobotics will need to be performed by crews housed in pro... More →
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Deep Space Industries is an Asteroid Mining company, developing the technologies to find, harvest, and supply the asteroid resources that will transform the space economy.
DSI also delivers robust technology products for the most demanding space applications. High-performance spacecraft components, developed in support of asteroid mining, enhance and enable innovative satellite missions in Earth orbit.

The business of space is growing rapidly. It is currently a $330 billion industry with accelerating growth. The number of new private companies being created to use space commerc... More →
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Human missions to new destinations such as Near-Earth Objects - NEOs - and low gravity bodies are amongst the targets in the current roadmaps of space agencies like the ISECG Global Exploration Roadmap - NEO are an intermediate step stone for human exploration and technology demonstration beyond ISS in the ambition to bring humans to Mars. However, novel technologies need to be developed and validated that allow field exploration of the surface of a low-gravity body. The exploration and EVA on an asteroid by humans will look very differently than what was done during the exploration of the lun... More →
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Kaustav K Bose of the Department of Architecture, BIRLA Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchis, located in Jharkhand, India, reports that space colonization is desirable because of the hope it offers humanity. A sense of the limits of Earth has been heightened in recent years by growing awareness of the delicate ecological balance of the planet, its finite resources and its burgeoning human population. The sense of closure, of limits, is oppressive to many people. To have opportunities restricted and to be forced to devise political institutions to allocate equitably, resources insufficient ... More →
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The second space elevator study by the International Academy of Astronautics has kicked off and is working with the International Space Elevator Consortium and the Japanese Space Elevator Association in developing a common terminology for space elevator terms.

The first draft of the common terminology is shown herein. The Academy is developing, as a first step in the study, a Space Elevator Missions Definition Document with acronyms and terminology as baseline items.
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The Earth Impact Database is a resource that has been assembled since 1985 by researchers at the Geological Survey of Canada (a division of Natural Resources Canada).
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Understanding the effects of natural and human-induced changes on the global environment and their implications requires a foundation of integrated observations of land, sea, air and space, on which to build credible information products, forecast models, and other tools for making informed decisions.

The 2007 National Research Council report on decadal survey called for a renewal of the national commitment to a program of Earth observations in which attention to securing practical benefits for humankind plays an equal role with the quest to acquire new knowledge about the Earth sys... More →
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An abstract of a book chapter published by Springer in 2005. The book is entitled "Impact Tectonics".
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Produced by the Geological Society of London as a special publication in 2005, this publication is a systematic description of the world-wide occurrence of impact structures and their associated mineral deposits.
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Elon Musk revealed plans for his radical new form of transportation called the Hyperloop today. Musk described the capsule as being aluminum that could carry both humans and car-sized vehicles. The tubes would form a loop shape, the long-lengths of which would travel parallel to one another. They would be made of steel, welded together, and will sit only about 100 feet apart held up by pylons. Those inside the tube could travel up to 800 miles per hour and, if traveling in a car-capsule, could simply drive out of the tube once the destination has been reached.

This could be adapte... More →
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Mike Wall reports that Elon Musk has been focused on Mars, but he has finally realized that a human outpost on the Moon would be better for now and much closer to home in order to practice our new technology before going to Mars.

To really get the public fired up, he thinks that we need a base on the Moon, the billionaire founder and CEO of SpaceX said today (July 19) at the 2017 International Space Station Research and Development (ISSR and D) conference in Washington, D.C.

Having some permanent presence on another heavenly body, which would be the Moon base, and then ge... More →
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Streamed live on Sep 27, 2016, SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk discusses the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation focuses on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.
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2009 AAPG convention in Denver, CO. The authors provide an overview of economic minerals in the Solar System, including helium-3 on the Moon, methane on Mars, and metals in asteroids.
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Justin Bachman opines that one never sees the space surrounding our pale blue dot as a cosmic junkyard. Debris abounds, moving at high speeds and presenting plenty of difficulties for satellite operators who do business in orbit.

This pollution poses a risk to greater commercialization of space, from the grand ambitions of Elon Musk of SpaceX Corp. and Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, to other players who see promising futures for an array of space activities, from tourism, to imaging, to pharmaceutical research.

In low-earth orbit, space debris travels at velocities approaching ... More →
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Jose Rodal, Ph.D, Jeremiah Mullikin, Noel Munson, and Chris Gebhardt have reviewed the work by a group at the NASA Johnson Space Center who have successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum, a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising several competing research teams. Thrust measurements of the EM Drive appear to defy classical physics expectations that such a closed (microwave) cavity should be unusable for space propulsion because of the law of conservation of momentum.

Last summer, NASA Eagleworks, an advanced propulsion resea... More →
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A 43-page presentation produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 2007 that provides a summary of their past, present, and future exploration goals through 2035.
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Long before David Beaty became Associate Chief Scientist for NASA's Mars Program, he was a minerals prospector. Beaty spent 10 years surveying remote parts of Earth for precious metals and another 12 years hunting for oil.
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The space race of the mid-20th century was one of the modern era greatest periods of concentrated scientific innovation. From putting the first human on the Moon in 1969 to then sending the last person to walk on its surface up in 1972, the United States has been fueled by curiosity and Russian competition to do the seemingly impossible.

It has been more than 44 years since the last human walked on the Moon, and the most recent Moon landing was conducted by China in 2013 with their Chang 3 mission. The U.S. has long since turned its attention over to Mars as the next frontier, but t... More →
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