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KosmoKurs is engaged in the creation of reusable sub-orbital space complex for tourist flights into space. Reusable sub-orbital space complex consists of a reusable suborbital launch vehicle and reusable suborbital spacecraft, designed to provide a wide space tour to the height of the Gagarin orbit on an open path.

Permission to participate in the cosmic trips bidder will receive after a three-day training and medical examination. Space tourists will be offered a flight duration of 15 minutes in a group of six tourists, in which every tourist will be able to be in a state of weight... More →
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The National Research Council (NRC) has been conducting decadal surveys in the Earth and space sciences since 1964, and released the latest five surveys in the past 5 years, four of which were only completed in the past 3 years. Lessons Learned in Decadal Planning in Space Science is the summary of a workshop held in response to unforeseen challenges that arose in the implementation of the recommendations of the decadal surveys. This report takes a closer look at the decade survey process and how to improve this essential tool for strategic planning in the Earth and space sciences.... More →
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Space travel as the bloggers know it is plagued by a few problems, most of which boil down to striking a balance between speed and time. The faster one travels, the more energy one needs. Without gravitational assists, that means more fuel will be required, and that has to be carried somehow. Faster speeds, required to reach long distances in a reasonable timeframe, also mean more difficulty slowing down.

So far, New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever in terms of launch velocity. Its launch speed was about 58,000 km per hr. After a flyby of Jupiter, New Horizons picked up a gra... More →
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Ragnarsdottir and Sverdrup opine that in 1971, at the request of the Club of Rome, an MIT systems engineering professor Jay Forrester developed a model for the future economy, showing that a resource crisis could be imminent. Aurelio Peccei, an Italian economist and industrialist and former boss of FIAT and Olivetti, realized that a more comprehensive study was needed to address the interplay between three factors exponential population growth, global resources and environmental pollution.

But the worldwide debate soon became derailed, because LTG suggested curbing economic growth... More →
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Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (ADP), also known as Skunk Works, revealed new information about their hypersonic technologies. Specifically, they discussed the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-72 is a strike and reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-72 tops Mach 6, and is currently in development within the advanced aircraft-development division. According to Lockheed Martin statements to Aviation Week, hypersonic technologies, including a combined cycle propulsion system that blends a rocket engine and a supersonic jet engine, are sufficiently advanced... More →
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Space is a demanding environment. But with systems built by Lockheed Martin, space is where the future takes flight, through partnerships that raise global communications, weather forecasting, space exploration and national security to new levels. Delivering vital space capabilities is all a question of how. And it is the how that makes all the difference.

Space Systems Company designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a ... More →
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Alice Gorman reports that with India and China planning lunar surface missions, privately-funded space entrepreneurs competing for the US40 million dollars Google Lunar X Prize and discussions around lunar mining intensifying, working out what to do with our moon cultural heritage is becoming urgent.

In an article in the journal Science today, space lawyers Henry Hertzfeld and Scott Pace propose a multilateral agreement at the highest international level, initially between the US and Russia, but open to other moon-faring entities such as China, India and the European Space Agency - ... More →
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Lunar Atlas from the Lunar and Planetary Institute, a NASA-funded institute in Houston, Texas.
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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is refining our understanding of the distribution and concentration of metals in lunar basalts, as well as thorium and uranium associated with silicic volcanic domes. Broad areas of the regolith having high concentrations of KREEP (potassium, REEs, and phosphorus) are associated with late-stage magmatic outflows concentrated in Oceanus Procellarum. However, recent LRO data also indicate up to 55 ppm thorium in farside feldspathic terrains that were formerly thought to have low thorium content. Further, the availability of REEs and energy minerals, such as... More →
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The CATALYST program is a wonderful opportunity, say officials at lunar-mining hopeful, Moon Express of Mountain View, California, which paid for access to NASA facilities when designing an X Prize entry. We anticipate CATALYST will lead to delivery of payloads and missions to the lunar surface in the same way that commercial transport services to the space station have, says Moon Express CEO Bob Richards.

Public-private partnerships have proven their worth in low Earth orbit, so this is a step in the right direction, agrees Mike Gold, director of Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nev... More →
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Lunar Station is the newest entrant into the New Space private sector. Lunar Station has three objectives ...

First, bring a better understanding of the Moon surface via orbital reconnaissance,

Second, expand our understanding of the Moon resources from the lunar surface with landers and rovers, and

Third. deploy our Resource Processing Robots on the Moon surface to gather, process and supply resources for others.

Lunar Station is strategically focused on being the water and air vendor of choice for upcoming manned missions to the Moon. We are li... More →
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The identification and utilization of space resources is fast becoming a reality, driven by a revolution in space technology, accelerating exploration of outer space and the eventual scarcity of certain resources on Earth. Building on its long history at the forefront of the commercial satellite communications industry, Luxembourg aims to play a leading role in the exploration and utilization of these resources.

Its goal is to ensure that space resources explored under its jurisdiction serve a peaceful purpose, are gathered and used in a sustainable manner compatible with internatio... More →
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Luxembourg is the first European country to set out a formal legal framework which ensures that private operators working in space can be confident about their rights to the resources they extract, i.e. valuable resources from asteroids. Such a legal framework will be worked out in full consideration of international law. The Grand-Duchy aims to participate with other nations in all relevant fora in order to agree on a mutually beneficial international framework.

The Luxembourg Government announced a series of measures to position Luxembourg as a European hub in the exploration and ... More →
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Elon Musk reports that by talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, he wants to make Mars seem possible, make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime. He thinks there are really two fundamental paths. History is going to bifurcate along two directions. One path is where we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event. He does not have an immediate doomsday prophecy, but eventually, history suggests, there will be some doomsday event. The alternative is to become a space-bearing civilization and a multi-planetary species, which he hopes... More →
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Koerth-Baker blogs that the treaties that govern space allow private individuals and corporations to travel the stars, but only with the licensure and legal backing of an earthbound government. It is similar that way to the laws of the sea. And today, on Earth oceans, more than 11% of all the tons of freight shipped is carried on boats that fly the Liberian flag. In exchange for lower taxes and looser regulations, both the shipping companies of the present and the Martian explorers of tomorrow could pay to register their vessel with a small country they have no other connection to and carry it... More →
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Video published on Sep 8, 2016. The last humans to visit the Moon left the lunar surface in Apollo 17 in 1972, since then no humans have been further than low earth orbit missions and to the variety of space stations that have existed since then.

The question is now, where shall we go next, do we make Mars the next great step forward or do we go back to the Moon to practice our new technology (both in habitation and in mining off world).

This time it is not down to the space race or national pride (but then again ...?), but it is in expanding the human horizon to living... More →
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This vintage 1919 article describes a unique occurrence of metallic veins in a stony meteorite.
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Tia Ghose reports that metallic hydrogen, an interesting form of the element that conducts electricity even at low temperatures, has finally been made in the lab, 80 years after physicists predicted its existence. Scientists managed to create the elusive, electrically conductive hydrogen by squeezing it to incredibly high pressures between two ultrapure diamonds, the researchers reported in a new study.

No one has ever encountered metallic hydrogen because it has never existed on Earth before, Isaac Silvera, a condensed-matter physicist at Harvard University, told Live Science. Prob... More →
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Vancouver junior, North American Nickel said that its Greenland property is the remains of a gigantic, three-billion-year-old meteorite impact, and displays a similar geological formation that is found in the Sudbury Basin.
The Mannitsoq project is 70 km long and up to 15 km wide with numerous historical high-grade nickel occurrences. The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland confirmed that the site is remains of meteor crater. Findings were just published in journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

The Sudbury Basin is the site of the second-largest impact crater on E... More →
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New England Meteoritical Services
Meteorites and Related
Geology Specimens

Thin Sections of meteorites, impactites, and rare mineralogy from the Earth's mantle.
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Sally McPherson reports that in late October, 2015, Christopher Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, announced that the Australian Space Activities Act 1998 would be reviewed to ensure it reflects the modern world position on space mining, resources rights, and management of the space environment, such as space debris. He appointed an international space law expert and Professor at Western Sydney University, Steven Freeland, to conduct the review. Pyne said that we must ensure that civil space regulation effectively stimulates innovation and investment in this growing industry... More →
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Deborah A. Peacock reports that outer space technology and exploration have reached a tipping point, so that mining and mineral processing in outer space is now a certainty and not a dream. Several competing companies worldwide are on the way to building spaceships to land on the Moon and eventually mine the Moon and asteroids for volatiles, rare earth metals and Helium-3.

The Google Lunar XPrize offers a $30 million prize. China has recently landed a spacecraft on the Moon. The European Space Agency, with cooperation from the U.S., has landed a spacecraft, Philae, on a comet. And, ... More →
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Greg Klein asks how is the best way to describe the asteroid mining act that the U.S. signed into law on November 26? A skeptic might say that one small penstroke for POTUS, one giant leap of fantasy. But to Eric Anderson, it is the single greatest recognition of property rights in history. The co-founder of Planetary Resources said recently that this legislation establishes the same supportive framework that created the great economies of history and will encourage the sustained development of space.

While the law does not actually grant Americans extraterrestrial property rights, ... More →
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As outlandish as it might seem, with only a finite supply of natural resources and minerals on Earth paired with an infinite demand (over time) for raw materials for commercial and industrial purposes the notion of mining the Moon and other planets in the solar system is being taken seriously by scientists. According to Bernard Foing, executive director of the European Space Agency International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG), there are regions on the Moon with enhanced rare earth elements that could be extracted and imported to Earth, found in areas that lunar scientists call KREEP; ... More →
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The MPC is responsible for the efficient collection, (computation,) checking and dissemination of astrometric observations and orbits for minor planets and comets, via the Minor Planet Circulars (issued monthly) and the Minor Planet Electronic Circulars.
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