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A small asteroid mining company aims to launch robotic spacecraft on prospecting missions within the two years and then expeditions to extract water and precious metals from resource-rich space rocks within a decade
Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Apr 25, 2012 Imagine yourself in orbit, your spacecraft flying backward with its small window facing down toward the surface of the moon. You peer out, scouring the ash-colored contours of the cratered landscape for traces of ancient volcanic activity. Around you, the silent, velvety blackness of space stretches out in every direction. The spacecraft rolls over, and you glimpse
Scientists have a size estimate for an impressive fireball that was witnessed over California’s Central Valley Sunday (4/22).
While some galaxies are rotund and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both.
It has been over 37 years since man has set foot on the Moon. Recently NASA began making preparations for our return. But is this a good idea? Is it worth risking human life for such a dangerous undertaking
Moscow, Russia (Voice of Russia) Apr 25, 2012 Not nearly as spectacular as astrophysical or planetary missions, magnetospheric studies are nevertheless closer to the Earthling’s wellbeing, since plasma environment in the immediate vicinity of the Earth is far greater factor than distant supernovae explosions or methane in the Martian atmosphere
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 24, 2012 Future astronauts working on the Red Planet’s surface risk general changes in health at the DNA level because of increased radiation exposure, a prominent Russian academic said on Monday. “According to our estimates, researchers on the surface of Mars can expect a number of adverse factors, such as cardiac arrhythmia, reduced stability and performance
Whatever the sceptics think, humanity has no long-term future unless we think seriously about colonising space The doubters are having a field day with Tuesday’s announcement of a private venture, organized by a collection of tech titans, to launch a mission to mine asteroids. Adjectives such as “quixotic” are being used to describe the plan by a new company called Planetary Resources Inc
Seattle-based Planetary Resources company aims to turn science fiction into fact using unmanned rockets and moon base It sounds like the start of a science fiction or disaster movie, or both. An enormously rich corporation plans to start “lassoing” asteroids near the Earth, taking them to the moon to be mined and broken up, and returning the most valuable metals – including gold
U.S. commercial space entrepreneurs backed by wealthy billionaire investors are starting up an asteroid mining company that could fuel Earth’s economic engines and pave the way to solar system expeditions
The commercial firm plans to launch its unmanned Dragon space capsule to the International Space Station
Mysterious Objects Punching Holes In Weird Saturn Ring The outermost F ring around Saturn has long been a mystery. Read More »
Images from NASA‘s Cassini spacecraft have revealed strange half-mile-sized objects punching through parts of Saturn’s F ring, leaving glittering trails behind.
United Launch Alliance and the Air Force have confirmed plans for a May 3 launch of a military satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Stories, galleries, video and more about the new plan to mine space rocks.
An image gallery showing ESA’s mission control team training for the launch and critical early operations of MetOp-B, set for liftoff on 23 May.
After nearly a year and a half of operations, CryoSat has yielded its first seasonal variation map of Arctic sea-ice thickness. Results from ESA’s ice mission were presented today at the Royal Society in London
New images from the Cassini spacecraft reveal rogue kilometre-sized objects punching through Saturn’s F-ring as the source of ‘mini-jets’ seen emanating from the ring.
Asteroid Threat Becomes A Promise: New Space Venture Launch… X Prize’s Peter Diamandis, Space Adventures’ Eric Anderson, NASA astronaut Tom Jones, and Mars mi… Read More »
Mining asteroids for precious metals and water makes perfect economic sense to a new billionaire-backed space venture.
Google bosses Larry Page and Eric Schmidt join Avatar director James Cameron in megamillion-dollar plan to make sci-fi reality A group of hi-tech tycoons including Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt have teamed up with explorer and film-maker James Cameron in a venture to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits
Pretend you were on Apollo 8 while watching this new video recreating the famous “Earthrise” view.
The CST-100 capsule is being designed to carry up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station.
Toulouse, France (SPX) Apr 24, 2012 Y1B, the second satellite of the United Arab Emirates’ space communications programme is ready to be launched on a Proton launcher from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. Comprising two satellites and a ground segment, the Yahsat project is a complete commercial and military satellite communications system built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space (TAS
Washington (UPI) Apr 23, 2012 A U.S. military drone that hit 13,000 mph before crashing in the Pacific was damaged by the excessive heat of hypersonic flight, military officials say. The tremendous heat generated as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 reached a speed of Mach 20 in its August 2011 test stripped the vehicle of its metal skin
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 24, 2012 Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, will be pushing ahead with the preparation of CarbonSat, a new climate satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA), over the next 22 months. In early April 2012, ESA announced its decision to award Astrium a contract to define the CarbonSat satellite. Under Astrium’s lead