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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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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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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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Jeff Foust reports that a former NASA manager of the International Space Station announced June 22 that he is starting a new venture that eventually plans to develop a private space station. In a presentation at the NewSpace 2016 conference here, Mike Suffredini, president of the commercial space division of Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT) who joined the company shortly after retiring from NASA last September, said he has co-founded a new company that initially will seek to install a commercial module on the ISS.

That module would serve as a precursor for a private facility on... More →
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Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain of extraterrestrial supply the aim is to fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy. Within three years, two firms plan prospecting missions to passing asteroids. When even a modest space rock might meet demand for metals like platinum or gold for centuries, it is little wonder storytellers have long fantasized that to harness cosmic riches could make, and break, fortunes on Earth.

But with no way to bring much ore or metal down from the heavens yet, new ve... More →
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Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain of extraterrestrial supply. The aim is to fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy. Within three years, two firms plan prospecting missions to passing asteroids. When even a modest space rock might meet demand for metals like platinum or gold for centuries, it is little wonder storytellers have long fantasized that to harness cosmic riches could make, and break, fortunes on Earth.... More →
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An 8-page article from the Proceedings of the 11th Lunar Planetary Science Conference (1980). This article attempts to shed light on the crustal composition of Mars.
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Matt Williams opines that the public goal stated by NASA, ESA, the Russians, the Chinese, India, etc., etc. for obtaining samples from the Moon is about understanding the chronology of the Moon. The timescale we have developed for the Moon are anchored in the Apollo samples. The next Moon samples will attempt to sample other time periods so we can determine if our time scales are correct.

However, the actual objective of exploration on the Moon, Mars, and the asteroids is to lay the foundation for developing natural resources offworld and for leaning how to go about colonization of... More →
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Although cancelled in 2010 by President Obama, the U.S. Constellation project was designed to return US astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and support long-term human settlement as well as in situ development of mineral and energy resources from infrastructure on the Moon, fuel and life support materials while in space and for use of such energy and mineral resources on Earth.

The members of the Energy Minerals Division (EMD) and of the Astrogeology Committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) remain steadfast in support of going back to the Moon to perfect our ... More →
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LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well.

LADEE is the first spacecraft designed, developed, built, integrated and tested at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
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A new paper argues against the wisdom of the U.S. declaring sovereignty over parts of the moon. The Moon has been kind of a backwater lately. During the 1960s, and early 1970s it was the hottest possible destination, what with unmanned probes from the U.S. and U.S.S.R. touching down on the lunar surface, followed by American astronauts riding across the dusty landscape. It is not that scientists have lost interest by any means, but most of what they have learned in recent decades has come from orbiting spacecraft like GRAIL and LCROSS and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

All that i... More →
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