Exploration News - 20 August 2013

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX Completes Orbit and Entry Review

Can lightning strike twice for RLVs?

Neil Armstrong: One small friendship remembered

To Mars, or, not to Mars?

Elon Musk unveils San Francisco-LA 'Hyperloop' idea 

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Exploration News - 05 August 2013

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Barbie On Mars: Why Iconic Doll Launched on Cosmic New Career
http://www.space.com/22254-barbie-mars-explorer-doll-nasa-career.html

Heat Shield for NASA's New Orion Spacecraft Set for 2014 Test Flight
http://www.space.com/22046-nasa-orion-spacecraft-heat-shield.html

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an epic follow up to Carl Sagan's widely renowned space documentary series. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will host the new series, premiering in 2014.
http://www.space.com/22058-cosmos-a-spacetimes-odyssey-with-neil-degrasse-tyson-revealed-video.html

Can the International Space Station Survive Until 2020?
http://www.space.com/22105-international-space-station-lifespan-2020.html

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Exploration News - 06 July 2013

05 July 2013
Russian watchdog says country's space program is inefficient
Poor management of space programs, projects, contracts and expenses made Russia's Federal Space Program inefficient despite the increase in its budget in the past three years, the parliament's Audit Chamber said in a statement.
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05 July 2013
UK astronomers to co-ordinate their search for alien signals
British scientists are to make a concerted effort to look for alien life among the stars. Academics from 11 institutions have set up a network to co-ordinate their Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti).
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03 July 2013
NASA Wants More Spaceport Infrastructure Opened to Private Sector
 An internal legislative wish-list shows that NASA, mired in a U.S. budget crunch that has dimmed prospects for new authorization and appropriations bills this year, is looking for ways to give private space companies more sway over critical national space infrastructure - so long as they are willing to pay for the privilege. The undated 35-page legislative proposal - which also contains many noncommercialization suggestions for Congress to consider - was crafted by NASA in response to the draft NASA authorization bill unveiled June 19 by the Republican leadership of House Science, Space and Technology space subcommittee.
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02 July 2013
NASA Astronauts To Fly on Space Taxi Test Flights to Station
NASA expects to release a draft solicitation for the next phase of its Commercial Crew Program this summer, but one requirement already has been decided: Bidders need to make at least one test fight to the international space station (ISS) and NASA wants one of its astronauts aboard. “They may choose to fly un-crewed orbital test flights. They may choose to fly crewed orbital test flights that don’t go to station, but eventually at a minimum they will need to fly at least one test flight to the ISS with a NASA crew member on board,” astronaut Mike Good told reporters at a Kennedy Space Center program status briefing on June 27.
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Exploration News - 21 July 2013

22 July 2013
ET Calls, Then What?
Exactly how the world would react to the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence has been the subject of much speculation. There could be a mixture of excitement, fascination, fear, confusion, disbelief, indifference and panic. Like emergency planners preparing for a catastrophe, scientists regularly assemble to consider ways that world at large would respond to such an event, and how to plan for the day when a discovery comes. Psychologist and SETI scholar Doug Vakoch has been exploring this question for years, and recently gathered an eclectic team to explore the issue. The result is a large and detailed book, "Astrobiology, History and Society", which was recently released by the academic publisher Springer. A free preview of the book has been released online.
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19 July 2013
NASA Space Station Manager Warns of Sequestration Impact
NASA’s international space station (ISS) program manager warned researchers that if budget sequestration isn’t averted for 2014, then research utilization of the orbiting outpost could suffer. “Sequestration is a major issue today. We have taken significant budget cuts this year,” Michael Suffredini said during the International Space Station Research and Development Conference here July 16-18.
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19 July 2013
DoD Report: Space Programs Developing Slower
 A new report by U.S. defense acquisition czar appears to confirm what many in the space community have long suspected: It takes longer these days to develop space capabilities than it did in the past. The study also noted that development times for space programs were 1.7 years longer on average than for nonspace programs.
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19 July 2013
Human Space Exploration: Technology or Destination Driven?
The deputy administrator of NASA and a former chairman of the House Science Committee debated July 17 a central issue in human spaceflight policy: should the selection of missions and destinations drive technology development, or should available technologies shape what missions the space agency pursues?
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Exploration News - 20 June 2013

22 June 2013
Buzz Aldrin calls for humans to colonise the Red Planet
So why does he think we should be sending astronauts to the red planet? "Because it's in human nature to explore, to find a location to begin a settlement. And it is in reach." replied Aldrin. The simple answer then, appears to be "because it's there". But there is also a more pragmatic reason. He believes that efforts to explore the surface of Mars to date have taken far too long, because the current generation of Mars rovers have to be controlled remotely from Earth - and it takes about 20 minutes for radio signals to be passed each way. "One programme manager, who was in charge of doing that with two robots for five years has said we could have accomplished just as much in a single week, if we had had human intelligence controlling them from nearby - from an orbit around Mars itself", Aldrin says.
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22 June 2013
Looking forward to Europe's 'seven minutes of terror'
This week, the European Space Agency (Esa) released another 70 million euros to advance the rover mission towards its date with a Proton launch rocket in May 2018. A choice has to be made on the configuration of the rover's undercarriage - its rocker-bogie system. Two companies - Ruag of Switzerland and MDA of Canada - were asked to produce competing six-wheeled demonstrators that were nicknamed "Bradley" and "Bruno".
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21 June 2013
NASA Bill Would 'End Reliance on Russia,' Nix Asteroid Capture Project
A Republican-backed bill released Wednesday that would authorize NASA programs for the next two years backs a $500 million project to develop crew transportation systems to end US reliance on Russian rockets for getting astronauts into space even as it blocks a less costly project to capture, redirect and explore an asteroid.
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21 June 2013
China's space program less costly
China's manned space program has achieved rapid development in a "less costly way," a U.S. astrophysicist said Sunday. "China did a great job in successfully sending another three astronauts into space," George Smoot said while visiting the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province
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