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Life, Unbounded

Space: A New Hope or an Old Dream?

(Credit: NASA)

The release of a long-awaited National Academy of Sciences report on the state and future of the US space program has triggered wide-reaching commentary on what it means to be space-faring. For hundreds of billions of dollars spent over the next 20 years, the report suggests, NASA could get humans (reasonably safely) to Mars. Along [...]

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Life, Unbounded

A Dragon in the Sky: Space X

Dragon capsule during 'fly-under' of ISS at a distance of 2.4 kilometers (May 24th 2012). Image taken from ISS (NASA). Click for bigger view.

As the docking attempt between the Dragon cargo vehicle and the International Space Station gets underway, here are some of the latest images, plus the LIVE stream to the Dragon/ISS docking at the bottom! [Note: recorded video of final moments of capture by ISS arm now added below] …and shortly before this fly-under took place [...]

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While NASA Idles, Commercial Space Revs Up

SpaceShipTwo test flight

NASA may have lost the urgency of its 1960s moon race years, but today’s commercial space sector looks to be recapturing some of that fervor. The various players in America’s private space race were out in force at an event on Friday, May 2 at New York City’s historic Explorer’s Club, each one promising major [...]

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NASA Getting into the Asteroid-Moving Business

Sen. Bill Nelson and the Orion capsule

Dissatisfied with the current state of the solar system, NASA is looking to do a little remodeling. The space agency is angling to capture a small asteroid and drag it closer to Earth for human exploration, the Associated Press reported April 6. The Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2014 will include $100 million to kick [...]

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NASA Figures Show That Commercial Rocket Costs Less Than Half as Much as Government-Run Effort Would

SpaceX

SpaceX has been the darling in the past few years of the so-called NewSpace movement—private companies aspiring to do the spacefaring work that was once limited to the space programs of the world’s superpowers. The California-based company, headed by Paypal co-founder Elon Musk, has already completed successful demonstrations of its Falcon 9 rocket and its [...]

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Crew of 520-day mock Mars mission nears mock landing

Mars500 experimental enclosure

After nearly eight months’ journey in a small, enclosed craft, the crew of the Mars500 mission is nearing the turning point of its voyage—arrival and disembarking at the Red Planet. They will spend 10 days there, exploring the surface in a series of excursions, before returning to their craft and beginning the lengthy trip home. [...]

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Deficit commission proposes axing commercial spaceflight without knowing what it is

Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket

On November 10 the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a body created by President Obama to find solutions to the nation’s budgetary woes, released a draft list of "illustrative" cuts that could save taxpayers $200 billion a year by 2015. Among the 58-point list (pdf) produced by Alan Simpson, a [...]

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10 facts about the International Space Station and life in orbit

Expedition 1 ISS crew

1. As of November 2, 2010, the International Space Station (ISS) had been occupied for 10 years straight, the longest-duration continuously manned outpost in spaceflight history. The first crew of the ISS is pictured at left. The Russian Mir space station, which was staffed from 1989 to 1999, held the record before the ISS surpassed [...]

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