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Obtained by FOIA requests in 1996, NASA Donald N. Michael reported that in November 1959 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracted with the Brookings Institution to undertake... the design of a comprehensive and long-term program of research and study regarding the social, economic, political, legal, and international implications of the use of space for peaceful and scientific purposes. The long-term program of research set out in the report - and briefly outlined in this Summary -includes a. Sufficient description and evaluation of speculations on the implications of space... More →
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Asteroid mining could become reality sooner than we think. Billionaire-backed Planetary Resources is launching technology demonstration missions this summer to showcase the asteroid-prospecting spacecraft they have developed. They say that within three years they will be launching their first customer-financed mission to explore targets for resource extraction.

The company has attracted some high profile investors, most notably Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. However, a recent set of studies from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics highlighted just how lit... More →
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Deep Space Industries announced today its plans to fly the world first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Prospector-1 will fly to and rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid, and investigate the object to determine its value as a source of space resources. This mission is an important step in the overall plans to harvest and supply in-space resources to support the growing space economy.

Deep Space Industries has worked diligently to get to this point, and now we can say with confidence that we have the right technology, the right team and the right plan to execute this histor... More →
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Leonard David opines whether the U.S. sends humans back to the Moon, or should the nation go full-throttle and send crews all the way to Mars, where none have gone before? U.S. scientists and policy makers have grappled ad nauseam with the next great otherworldly destination for decades, without making much meaningful progress. Now that it is approaching a half-century since an American last left low Earth orbit, the debate seems lost in space.

Soon that shall change, many advocates of human spaceflight believe, through a hybrid of new initiatives by the new administration as well a... More →
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This is a 1989 internal NASA report prepared for NASA Administrator Truly by a team led by Johnson Space Center Director Aaron Cohen. It was commissioned by Admiral Truly after the Presidents July 20, 1989 speech, and its purpose is to provide a database for the Space Council to refer to as it considers strategic planning issues. The report will be used as an input and one data source for Council consideration of approaches to program, schedule and technology, international cooperation and management. The Space Council will examine the reference cases described in the report and also intends t... More →
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An online book published by the University of Arizona press in 1993. This 997-page book goes into detailed descriptions of the various resources available on the Moon, Mars, and in the asteroid belt.
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An online preview of the 2006 book by astronaut Harrison Schmitt. The preview allows access to a significant portion of the text. Former NASA Astronaut Harrison Schmitt advocates a private, investor-based approach to returning humans to the Moon—to extract Helium 3 for energy production, to use the Moon as a platform for science and manufacturing, and to establish permanent human colonies there in a kind of stepping stone community on the way to deeper space. With governments playing a supporting role—just as they have in the development of modern commerc... More →
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Doug Messier ACCD (United Rocket and Space Corporation, is a state corporation Roscosmos) has signed an agreement with the company 3D Bioprinting Solutions, a resident of Skolkovo innovation center, the cooperation within the framework of which it is planned to create a unique bioprinter magnetic biofabrikatsii tissue and organ constructs in weightlessness on the International Space Station (ISS).

The document was signed by General Director of ACCD Yuri Vlasov and General Director of 3D Bioprinting Solutions Michael Bakanov. The scientific part of the project will be in charge Profe... More →
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Gardea, et al., suggest that a 100 km-scale, circular region in the Archaean North Atlantic Craton centered at 65.15 N, 51.50 W near Maniitsoq town in West Greenland comprises a set of highly unusual geological features that were created during a single event involving intense crushing and heating and are incompatible with crustal orogenic processes. The presently exposed features of the Maniitsoq structure were buried 20 to 25 km below the surface when this event occurred at around 3 Ga, during a waning convergent orogeny.

These features include a large aeromagnetic anomaly, a cen... More →
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In May 1961, just as Kennedy had decided that NASA should put the U.S. on the moon, the U.S. Air Force released a secret report, summarizing the result of years of planning to place a military base on the moon by 1967. As you read through the Lunex project report, it is interesting to note the following.

1. If Project Lunex had been pursued instead of Apollo, the U.S. would have ended the sixties with a launch vehicle very similar to the Shuttle, solid rocket boosters, a Lox by LH2 core, a lifting re-entry vehicle.

2. This clearly could have provided a better basis for f... More →
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A 2008 report from the National Academies Press. Impact on power systems throughout the world.
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SOTI make images of heat. Image are made with your smartphone camera by taking visible light reflecting off the objects you want to image, and then that light comes into a lens, it is focused on a sensor, and an image is delivered. SOTI do the same thing with heat coming from the object. We have been thermal imaging for close to 25 years, since the first solid-state thermal imagers were introduced. You might wonder how do you focus heat? What kind of sensor detects heat? How do you display heat? All good questions.

Just as in any science or technology, there are armies of brilli... More →
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Results obtained during the SELENE mission of exploration not only suggest the presence of water ice in the dark craters on the Moon but also indicate that anomalously high uranium, thorium, and iron may be present, which together infer that certain other strategic commodities may be present as well. Uranium appears to be present in significant concentrations over a wide area in Procellarum KREEP Terrain and perhaps in the South Pole Aitken Basin, likely as near-surface remnants of asteroid impacts in the areas. Similar anomalies on Earth would receive serious attention by uranium and other mi... More →
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Richard V. Morris, et al., report that tridymite, a SiO2 mineral that crystallizes at low pressures and high temperatures (greater than 870 degrees C) from high-SiO2 materials, was detected at high concentrations in a sedimentary mudstone in Gale crater on Mars.

Mineralogy and abundance were determined by X-ray diffraction using the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. Terrestrial tridymite is commonly associated with silicic volcanism where high temperatures and high-silica magmas prevail, so this occurrence is the first in-situ mine... More →
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The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) is a unique forum where the governments of 30 democracies work together to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of globalization.

The OECD is also at the forefront of efforts to understand and to help governments
respond to new developments and concerns, such as corporate governance, the
information economy and the challenges of an ageing population. The Organisation
provides a setting where governments can compare policy experiences, seek answers to
common problems, identify g... More →
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Bruce Dorminey opines that the modular tin cans that took us to the moon and back, and have kept us in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) ever since, will eventually be superseded by full-scale space cities. A space architect and Program Manager for Solar System Mission Formulation at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Brent Sherwood, spends much of his time considering the scope of a permanent human migration into the solar system.

In terms of architecture and scale, arguably such a transition will be akin to the difference between setting up an isolated high-desert mobile home park and ... More →
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A laser-powered robotic climber has won $900,000 in a competition designed to spur technology for a future elevator to space. Building a space elevator would require anchoring a cable on the ground near Earth equator and deploying the other end thousands of kilometers into space. The centrifugal force due to Earth spin would keep the cable taut so that a robot could climb it and release payloads into orbit.

Though building a space elevator might require an initial investment of billions of dollars, proponents say once constructed, it would make for cheaper trips into space than is p... More →
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Sci-News.com is an independent source for the latest news on science, especially of interest to I2M Web Portal readers, space exploration for off-world mineral resources. Updated daily, Sci-News.com is brought to you by an international team of science editors and reporters.
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The Space Frontier Foundation announced a new strategy and commitment to entrepreneurship in the space industry that will drive the nonprofit organization activities and initiatives over the next five years. The Foundation also added that as settlement of space becomes both achievable and inevitable, it is equally important that we advance environmental principles that ensure the intelligent management of space resources and planetary protection.

Our vision and commitment to opening the space frontier to human settlement remains the same, said Hannah Kerner, executive director of t... More →
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Kiran Krishnan Nair suggests that Mars is unchartered, unknown and unearthly and yet attracts all of humanity. The hazards of the endeavor are overwhelmed by the hype and hope surrounding the enterprise. A variety of private individuals, commercial organisations and national space agencies are engrossed in efforts at landing and inhabiting Mars. However, these efforts are disjointed and there exists little or no coordination. The aspirations and hazards are immense, the resources scarce and costly. Consequently, left ungoverned, the potential for conflict and tragedy in space exploration is hi... More →
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Space seems to be falling all around us lately. A geologic chunk about 55 feet wide (17 meters wide) with a mass of about 10,000 tons entered Earth atmosphere two weeks ago near Chelyabinsk, Russia and exploded with a force 20 times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in WWII. At the same time, another asteroid, 150-foot-wide (45-meter-wide) passed within only 17,000 miles of Earth, inside the orbits of many of our satellites, that is, within our technology space, a virtual cosmic grazing. Not to worry, though, the smaller ones happen every century or so, but a big one does not happen for mi... More →
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Dr. Conca says that at 21 miles long by 7 miles wide, Eros, a piece of a broken up planetoid, is the second-largest near-Earth asteroid. Some of them are tracked, but we do not track all hunks that are large enough to cause grave harm, i.e., several hundred feet, that could destroy a large city. Space seems to be falling all around us lately. A geologic chunk about 55 feet wide (17 meters wide) with a mass of about 10,000 tons entered Earth atmosphere two weeks ago near Chelyabinsk and exploded with a force 20 times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in WWII. At the same time, another aster... More →
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China has launched Jade Rabbit, its first lunar rover set to explore the surface of the Moon hoping to find rare earth minerals in its crust. This launch could mark the successful soft landing of a third country on the moon, after United States and Russia.
Zhang Zhenshong, director of the Xichang Satellite Launch Center said that China will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation. Professor Ouyang, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that China is looking at the potential natural resources the Moon likely holds. The Chinese spacecraft is equ... More →
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Elon Musk and his Dragon spacecraft, Richard Branson and his SpaceShipTwo, Paul Allen and his Stratolauncher, Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada and its Dream Chaser. And there is that slightly larger outfit known as the Peoples Republic of China, which is taking on space the way it has taken on pretty much everything else it has turned its attention to in the past 15 years and that means bigger, better and more ambitiously than anyone else on the block. Just this week, Branson gathered 300 of his citizen astronauts folks who have already plunked down deposits for $250,000 suborbita... More →
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Cecille De Jesus reports that it takes between three to six months for a probe to reach Mars from Earth. A new concept space train called Solar Express is challenging that time frame ... it would, hypothetically, be able to transport people and cargo from earth to Mars in less than two days.

Imaginactive founder, Charles Bombardier, and his team aim to create Solar Express in a way were it could travel at around 1% the speed of light, which is 3,000 km (1,864 miles) per second. The concept started out with identifying what makes space travel expensive and inefficient. In space, the ... More →
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