NASA Eyes Sample-return Capability for Post-2020 Mars Orbiter

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Jim Watzin, NASA’s Mars exploration program director, said NASA is now considering adding to the post-2020 orbiter “the sample rendezvous capture and return capability, which allows us to retrieve the sample from orbit and prepare it for the return trip home.” Credit: NASA WASHINGTON — A Mars orbiter NASA plans to launch in the 2020s… Read more »

Evidence of flowing liquid water on Mars

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Dark, narrow, 100 metre-long streaks on Mars inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water are seen in an image produced by NASA Photo: REUTERS     Published on Monday, 28 September, 2015 at 18:50 (AFP) Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars, the US space agency NASA said Monday. “Mars is… Read more »

Audi on Lunar Challenges

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By Nick Azer  on September 04, 2015 Google Lunar XPRIZE team Part-Time Scientists has partnered up with Audi for their Mission to the Moon. As a result, the world-famous automaker is providing the team not only their elite expertise, but also a series of informative (and eye-popping) videos explaining the challenges of the Moon! In this latest video, Audi discusses the many obstacles… Read more »

Bubbles and Filaments at the Heart of the Milky Way

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From the analysis of all available data collected by the satellite XMM-Newton in the range of the X-rays, an international team has established the most detailed map of the hot gas of the central region of the Galaxy.   Bubbles, lobes and filaments are listed in this study, some for the first time. This gas,… Read more »

Rocketing prices: The investors eyeing the riches of space

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By Sarah Cruddas 11 August 2015 Space has long been off-limits to most of us. It’s almost 60 years since the launch of Sputnik 1 heralded the birth of the space age. Since then people have walked on the moon, robotic rovers have trundled across the Martian surface and a wealth of probes have explored… Read more »

MOON CHEESE?: THE FAVORITE JUNK FOODS OF #GLXP SPACE ENGINEERS

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By Nick Azer  on July 28, 2015 Is the Moon made of cheese? Sadly, no. But—in honor of the recent National Junk Food Day here in the U.S.—we decided to ask the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams: What is your favorite snack? What’s the ‘junk food’ that makes you ‘go’, even in the lab at 7pm on a Saturday, as… Read more »

European space industry collaborates with ESA for the future

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30 June 2015 More than 80 companies from ESA Member States met recently to begin discussing new models of collaboration to reinforce European space industry’s presence in the world market.A first-ever event hosted at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, on 25–26 June brought Agency experts together with space industry to discuss the… Read more »

Space Investors Willing To Forgo Near-term Returns for Long-Term Payoffs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the flow of private investment into entrepreneurial space companies grows, some investors say they are willing to accept long waits for a return on their investment in companies that have the potential to change entire industries. Scott Nolan, a partner in San Francisco-based venture capital firm Founders Fund, said during… Read more »

Billionaire teams up with NASA to mine the moon

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Moon Express, a Mountain View, California-based company that’s aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year, just took another step closer toward that lofty goal. Earlier this year, it became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The… Read more »