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Jul 25, 2017

‘Substantial’ ocean of water beneath moon’s surface could help create human colony

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Scientists who retested mineral samples collected during the Apollo moon missions now believe there’s a massive amount of water under the lunar surface – a discovery which may make manned missions to the moon easier than previously thought.

Researchers at Brown University in the US examined glass beads, a type of volcanic crystal gathered during the Apollo 15 and 17 missions in the 1970s, and found they contained similar volumes of water to Earth’s basalt rock.

The leaders of the study, which has been published in Nature Geoscience, cite the parallels as evidence that parts of the moon contain a similarly large amount of water. This, they believe, could be useful for future lunar missions as it means water could potentially be extracted rather than carried from home.

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Jul 24, 2017

“The Day Trip of a Lifetime”: Zero 2 Infinity will bring you to Near Space to offer you a magnificent view of the planet cruising above 99% of the atmosphere 🌏

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Jul 22, 2017

SpaceX has a ‘Roomba’ robot but no one knows what it really is

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SpaceX fans are extremely curious about a new robot that keeps appearing on SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You.” Some are calling it the “Roomba” robot while others insist it should be called “Optimus Prime.” There are theories as to what this robot is for, but there’s no confirmation from SpaceX itself, yet.

We reached out to SpaceX for more details about this mysterious robot, but it was unable to give us any information. However, we can tell you that SpaceX only refers to the machine as a robot and does not assign it any other name (like Roomba or Optimus Prime).

For this video, we connected with some of SpaceX’s fans. Photos shown in the video were taken by Julia Bergeron (@julia_bergeron) and David Akin, University of Maryland.

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Jul 21, 2017

Jeff Bezos’ Vision: ‘A Trillion Humans in the Solar System’

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At a recent gala celebrating the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Amazon.com founder and Blue Origin head Jeff Bezos laid out an ambitious vision of humanity spreading far and wide into the solar system.

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Jul 21, 2017

Giving a push for in-space propulsion

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It’s a technology looking for a new mission.

The technology is solar electric propulsion (SEP), which NASA has identified in recent years as a key enabler for eventual human missions to Mars. SEP, the agency argued, could be used to propel cargo missions to Mars in advance of crewed missions much more efficiently than conventional chemical propulsion systems.

High-power SEP was to be tested in interplanetary space on the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), powering the robotic spacecraft that would travel to a near Earth asteroid, grab a boulder off its surface, and fly back to cislunar space. However, NASA announced earlier this year it planned to cancel ARM, and Congress, never much of a fan of the mission, has shown no signs of opposing it.

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Jul 20, 2017

A Gyroscope Jetpack for Astronauts

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A Gyroscope Jetpack for Astronauts

A new jetpack, stabilized with high-­tech gyroscopes, could help astronauts navigate low-gravity environments.

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Jul 20, 2017

Project Dragonfly: Multi-spacecraft interstellar laser sail mission — Cranfield University team design

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A team from Cranfield University has published a paper on a small, laser-sail mission to Alpha Centauri at a symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics. Multiple spacecraft are launched sequentially.

You can download the paper here:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317491721_Dragonfly_Sail_to_the_Stars

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Jul 19, 2017

Elon Musk: We need to build a base on the moon

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Elon Musk thinks we need to build a base on the moon if we are going to stoke public interest in space travel.

Speaking at the International Space Station (ISS) Research & Development Conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the SpaceX founder and leader spoke about the various opportunities space offers for business and innovation. He also lamented that many people seem to be unaware of the International Space Station, or do not seem to fully understand “how cool the ISS is.”

Asked what opportunities space affords, Musk cited several things, but said, “If you want to get the public fired up, you’ve got to put a base on the moon,” adding that it would be the “continuance to the dream” of the Apollo missions.

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Jul 19, 2017

NASA is working out how to create rocket fuel on Mars

Posted by in categories: materials, space travel

Sending humans to Mars involves deep space missions that could last months, but shipping material there is costly; the price of transporting 1kg on Earth increases by a factor of 100 on a Martian mission. If the ultimate goal is to establish a long-term base on Mars, we’ll need make use of materials found on humanity’s greatest ever voyage.

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Jul 18, 2017

Japan’s Ridiculously Cute Floating Camera Bot Is Now Operational on The ISS

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You know that creepy black sphere used as a floating interrogation droid in Star Wars? It seems like scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) pretty much designed the complete opposite of that, and we want one for our very own.

Called Int-Ball, this adorable little camera drone resembles something Pixar might have come up with, but it’s totally real, and is now a floating companion to astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) – where it helps out by taking photos and recording video, freeing up valuable astronaut time.

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