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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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A web portal providing news items relating to Moon and Mars missions. The website has an image gallery, film clips, and useful links to other NASA topic areas.
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Moon Base Clavius is an organization of amateurs and professionals devoted to the Apollo program and its manned exploration of the moon. Our special mission is to debunk the so-called conspiracy theories that state such a landing may never have occurred.
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Moon Express Inc. is a privately funded lunar resource company created to establish new avenues for commercial space activities benefitting life on Earth. Commonly referred to as Moon Ex, the company was founded by Dr. Bob Richards, Naveen Jain, and Dr. Barney Pell in August 2010 and officially entered the Google Lunar X Prize Competition (GLXP) in October of that same year. Headquartered in the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, CA, Moon Express combines Silicon Valley lean start-up principles with expertise in aerospace engineering and planetary sciences. Selected by Forbes as one of ... More →
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Minerals found in craters on the Moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the satellite's innards exposed by such impacts, a study said Sunday.The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, cast doubt on the little we knew of what the Moon is actually composed of.

It had long been thought that meteoroids vaporize on impact with large celestial bodies. Unusual minerals like spinel and olivine found in many lunar craters, but rarely on the Moon's surface, were therefore attributed to the excavation of sub-surface lunar layers by aste... More →
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Fabrizio Bozzato reports that the equitable development of fusion fuel on the moon could be a catalyst for clean energy and a global renaissance. As the world largest energy consumer, China is deeply aware of the imperative of addressing its energy trilemma and how to simultaneously achieve and balance energy security, energy equity (access and affordability), and environmental sustainability in the coming decades, and is determined to develop clean and unconventional power to quench its thirst for energy. Indeed, powering an economy the size of China, especially by mid-century, solely by burn... More →
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Mike Wall reports that a historic launch complex that helped send NASA probes off to explore the solar system is being pressed into service again this time, by a moon-mining company. California-based Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at the Florida Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that was used for 145 Atlas V rocket launches from 1962 to 2005, company representatives announced on January 22, 2015.

Some of those SLC-36 liftoffs in the 1960s sent NASA... More →
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Planetary scientist Michael Mumma, a physicist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who was among the first to detect methane in Mars atmosphere, said the new findings from the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory means Mars has an unidentified mechanism for destroying methane, a process that occurs much faster than the 200 years or so that would be expected given the planets photochemistry.

We think that if Mars Science Lab lasted long enough and made sufficient measurements at a regular cadence that it should, at some point, see methane, if indeed there is another ... More →
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NASA is accepting proposals for a new moon-mining program to explore the lunar surface for valuable resources like helium-3 and rare-earth metals. The Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST) is a no funds exchanged Space Agreement Act and final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. One or more private companies will win a contract with NASA to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon. However, the possibility of lunar-mining has triggered debate as according to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty of the United Nations, countries are prohibite... More →
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Today NASA pursues technical innovations and scientific discoveries to advance human exploration of space. To prepare for these complex missions, a vast amount of planning, testing, and technology development must be accomplished. Yet, forecasting how that planning will translate into everyday operations in space is difficult while still on Earth. To help prepare for the real-life challenges of space exploration, NASA relies on Earth-based missions that are similar, or analogous, to space. These are called analog missions or field activities set in remote locations with extreme characteristics... More →
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NASA's near-earth watching program, initially started by Gene Shoemaker in 1993.
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After receiving more than 400 responses to the Asteroid Initiative RFI, a team of NASA scientists, engineers, and mission planners evaluated the proposed ideas. The evaluation team rated the responses for relevance to the RFI objectives, innovativeness of the idea, maturity of the development approach, and potential to improve mission affordability.
Nearly 100 respondents have been invited to present their ideas and concepts during the Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop alongside NASA personnel and members of the larger community, including virtual participants. The purpose of th... More →
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In what can be considered giant leap towards mining minerals from the moon, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has began accepting applications from potential business partners interested in mining the moon. The move, part of a plan unveiled in January, aims to find private financing to help its experts design and build lunar prospecting robots, the first major step required to explore Earths natural satellite for valuable resources. Unlike some business figures who have set up their own space mining endeavors, NASA only counts on a budget set by the US government, whi... More →
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NASA reports that for the first time in almost 40 years, a NASA human-rated rocket has completed all steps needed to clear a critical design review (CDR). The Space Launch System (SLS) is the first vehicle designed to meet the challenges of the journey to Mars and the first exploration class rocket since the Saturn V.

SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built and, with the Orion spacecraft, will launch America into a new era of exploration to destinations beyond Earth orbit. The CDR provided a final look at the design and development of the integrated launch vehicle before ful... More →
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Researchers studying thunderstorms have made a surprising discovery: The lightning we see with our eyes has a dark competitor that discharges storm clouds and flings antimatter into space. Astrophysicists and meteorologists are scrambling to understand dark lightning.

Produced by Science@NASA, this video is well done and reports on advancing the understanding of the environment in space above the clouds.
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The Europa Lander Science Definition Team Report presents the integrated results of an intensive science and engineering team effort to develop and optimize a mission concept that would follow the Europa Multiple Flyby Mission and conduct the first in situ search for evidence of life on another world since the Viking spacecraft on Mars in the 1970s.

The Europa Lander mission would be a pathfinder for characterizing the biological potential of Europa ocean through direct study of any chemical, geological, and possibly biological, signatures as expressed on, and just below, the surfa... More →
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