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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10 June 2013
LADEE Arrives at Wallops for Moon Mission
The NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) arrived today at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility to begin final processing for its trip to the moon later this year.
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09 June 2013
What's New for Shenzhou 10
This tenth launch of Shenzhou is China's fifth crewed space mission. Shenzhous 5, 6, 7 and 9 all carried astronauts into space. Shenzhou's other missions (1,2,3,4 and 8) were flown without anyone on board, and were largely aimed at testing the vehicle. Shenzhou has undergone revisions to its design throughout its lifetime, as different features have been interchanged for different missions.
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07 June 2013
Ignoring Call for Strategic Pause, ESA Intends To Stay the Course on Ariane 6
The European Space Agency (ESA) has no intention of changing course for its future Ariane 6 rocket despite pointed criticism of the selected design by former ESA and European industry launch-vehicle experts, ESA Launch Vehicle Director Antonio Fabrizi said June 7.
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07 June 2013
Europe Ready To Sign Final Contract for ‘Drip-fed’ ExoMars Mission
On June 18-19, Europe’s Science Program Committee, which has been solicited to make an exceptional contribution to ExoMars despite the mission’s being conceived and managed outside Europe’s space science program, is expected to approve an investment of 50 million euros ($65 million) in ExoMars, European government and industry officials said. The June 17 contract will be signed during the Paris Air Show by ESA and ExoMars’ prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy.
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26 May 2013
Johns Hopkins undergraduates help design space stethoscope for NASA
A team of students at Johns Hopkins University has designed a stethoscope that delivers accurate heart and body sounds to medics who are trying to assess astronauts' health on long missions in noisy spacecraft.
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24 May 2013
Trip into space with DiCaprio costs $1.55m
Leonardo DiCaprio is going to get closer to stars of a different kind as he heads into space aboard the Virgin Galactic, and a well-heeled bidder at the Cannes Film Festival has paid 1.2 million euros (1.5 million) to be his travel buddy.
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23 May 2013
A Roadmap for the Future of Astrobiology
The NASA Astrobiology Program has started the process of outlining future research directions at the organization. Roughly every ten years, the program updates NASA's official Astrobiology Roadmap.
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23 May 2013
Asteroid Sample Return Mission Moves into Development
OSIRIS-REx, the $1 billion asteroid sample return mission led by the University of Arizona, reached a major milestone on May 16: The project passed the agency-level confirmation review called Key Decision Point-C, or KDP-C. KDP-C authorized continuation of the project into the next phase of development, giving the team the authority to proceed toward launch in 2016.
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11 April 2013
How Astronauts Cry In Space (Video)
Astronaut Chris Hadfield is not afraid to cry, and he isn't scared of showing you how it's done … in space.
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11 April 2013
Bipartisan Legislation Sets NASA's Focus on the Moon
U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), John Culberson (R-TX), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Pete Olson (R-TX), Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Ted Poe (R-TX) have once again reintroduced bipartisan legislation directing NASA to develop a plan for returning to the Moon and establishing a human presence there. The RE-asserting American Leadership in Space Act, or REAL Space Act, sets a clear course for NASA toward human space flight while keeping within current budgetary constraints.
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11 April 2013
NASA's Asteroid Initiative Benefits From Rich History
NASA's FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit and explore it. Performing these elements for the proposed asteroid initiative integrates the best of NASA's science, technology and human exploration capabilities and draws on the innovation of America's brightest scientists and engineers.
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06 April 2013
NASA wants to tow an asteroid to the moon
NASA wants to grab a small asteroid and tow it into orbit around the moon, as part of a long-range plan towards establishing permanent manned outposts in space, according to a US senator. To get the project off the ground, US President Barack Obama will propose around $100 million for the US space agency in his 2014 budget, which he submits to Congress on Wednesday, Senator Bill Nelson said in a statement.
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29 April 2013
SpaceShipTwo's first rocket flight breaks sound barrier
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane lit its engine for the first time in flight Monday, powering through the speed of sound and moving a step closer to spaceflight for the masses.
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29 April 2013
On the record with... Stephane Israel, Arianespace Chairman and CEO
Stephane Israel, who became Arianespace's new Chairman and CEO this month, brings experience in aerospace business and government space policy to his top executive role at the world's leading launch services provider. In the following interview, he provides his initial perspectives on Arianespace, and discusses the company's competitive position in a changing launch services marketplace.
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26 April 2013
After Antares test launch, Orbital aims for space station
Buoyed by a flawless test launch of the Antares rocket, the heavy-lifting part of its commercial cargo resupply system for the International Space Station, Orbital Sciences Corp. has its eye on a summer demonstration flight of the company's Cygnus resupply freighter.
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26 April 2013
Cargo spaceship docks with ISS despite antenna mishap
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26 April 2013
Russia Plans to Launch First Angara Rocket in 2014
The Russian military expects the first launch of a new Angara carrier rocket to take place in 2014 after the construction of a new launch complex at the Plesetsk space center is completed, Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said Wednesday.
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27 March 2013
NASA Scientists Find Moon, Asteroids Share History
Scientists from NASA's Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) in Moffett Field, Calif., discovered that the same population of high-speed projectiles that impacted our lunar neighbor four billion years ago, also hit the giant asteroid Vesta and perhaps other large asteroids.
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26 March 2013
Russia May Build Own Space Station From New Modules – Energia
Russia may use future modules of its segment of the International Space Station (ISS) to build its own orbital station, a senior space industry official said on Tuesday. Russia is planning to launch four new ISS modules – a multirole laboratory module (MLM), a node module and two science-power modules – by 2020, when the time comes to de-orbit the existing international outpost in space.
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26 March 2013
Russia Extends Space Cooperation With US
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree set to extend the U.S.-Russia agreement on cooperation in the use and exploration of outer space till 2020, the government reported on Saturday. "The agreement extention corresponds with Russia's interests and will help promote effective implementation of its space programs as well as joint U.S.-Russian space projects, including exploration of the Moon and Mars," the government said in a statement on its official web site.
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26 March 2013
Miners shoot for the stars in tech race
A self-sustaining mechanised colony that mines and exports resources from the Moon could be a reality within a generation, helping to meet demand for materials key to innovation on Earth. That was the view of a recent gathering in Sydney aimed at bringing together some of the top minds in space exploration with firms hoping to cash in on the final frontier of mining: astronomical bodies.
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