Researchers Say They Have Discovered More Water On Mars

Source: Niamh Harris Italian researchers have announced the discovery of multiple bodies of liquid water under the ice caps of the red planet’s south pole, indicating that Mars could support life. The findings could be key in the search for alien life on the planet the researchers noted. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express probe has already sent back data pointing to liquid water at the base of the Ultimi Scopuli region. Now, according to a major new study published on Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, three more…

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NASA To Spark “Lunar Gold Rush” In Move To Break China’s Monopoly On Rare Earth Metals

Source: nworeport NASA wants to spark a “lunar gold rush” by paying companies to extract rare earth metals (REM) from the moon. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recently tweeted that the space agency “is buying lunar soil from a commercial provider! It’s time to establish the regulatory certainty to extract and trade space resources.” The moon holds hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of dollars of untapped resources, including fifteen lanthanides, as well as scandium and yttrium – used in modern electronics. There’s also an abundance of Helium-3, a very rare gas, with the potential to fuel clean…

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If NASA Couldn’t See The Asteroid That Just Whizzed By Us, What Else Can’t They See?

Even if they do see a giant space rock heading directly toward our planet, that doesn’t mean that they will actually tell us Source: Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream Did you know that an asteroid just flew by our planet at an extremely close distance?  The good news is that it was only about the size of a car, but the bad news is that NASA had absolutely no idea that it was coming. In fact, NASA only discovered it about six hours after it had passed…

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Scientists Have Warned That A 400 Foot Tsunami Could Hit The East Coast If An Asteroid Hit The Atlantic Ocean

Despite all of our advanced technology, we remain extremely vulnerable Source: Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream We live at a time when giant space rocks are whizzing past our planet with alarming regularity.  Sometimes we know in advance that they are coming, and sometimes we don’t. In fact, on July 28th an asteroid the size of a car zipped past our planet “at a range that rivals the orbits of some high-flying satellites”, but we had only spotted it for the very first time on July 26th.…

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Brilliant Green ‘Comet of the Year’ With 10 Million Mile Long Tail Will Be Visible All Week

Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed Waking Times A brilliant bright-green comet with an incredible 11-million-mile long tail will be visible from Earth all week as it makes its once-in-11,597 years trip through the inner solar system. The massive comet, named Comet Swan or C/2020 F8, is comprised of space dust, ice, and gas and will be flying past our own planet before getting close to the sun and making its way back through the solar system. But what makes this one more special than most is the fact that the super…

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Technology Progress = Iterations Times Progress Between Iterations

Source: nextbigfuture.com Elon Musk has noted that progress in any given technology is simply # of iterations * progress between iterations. SpaceX has successfully completed six major iterations and is on its seventh rocket version iteration. SpaceX has existed for eighteen years and has shortened its development time from six years to about two years. Hardest problem by far is building the production system of something this big. 2nd hardest is achieving full & rapid reuse with payload to orbit of ~2%. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2020 This…

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ONE SMALL STEP Trump White House ‘drafting legal blueprint for moon mining’ as part of new deal called Artemis Accords

Source: Erica Davies The U.S Sun THE Trump administration is reportedly putting together a legal blueprint for mining on the moon as part of the Artemis Accords, a new U.S.-sponsored international agreement. The Artemis Accords propose “safety zones” that would surround future moon bases to prevent interference from rival nations or companies operating nearby, according to sources familiar with the pact. Read More Source

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Magnet Enhanced Aerocapture Would Enable 39 Day Mars Crewed Flights

Source: Direct comparisons were made between aerocapture and competing orbit insertion techniques based on state-of-the-art and advanced chemical propulsion, solar electric propulsion, and aerobraking. Aerocapture is enabling for three missions: delivery of spacecraft into elliptical orbits at Neptune and circular orbits at Jupiter or Saturn. Aerocapture significantly enhances five other missions by putting larger, and usually very much larger, spacecraft into the target orbit for approximately the same overall delivery cost as the best non-aerocapture alternative: delivery of spacecraft into Venus circular orbits (79% more mass), Venus elliptical orbits (43%),…

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US Supports Commercial Space Mining and Will Negotiate Deals to Enable It

Source: Brian Wang * The United States is not a party to the Moon Agreement. The United States does not consider the Moon Agreement to be an effective or necessary instrument to guide nation-states regarding the promotion of commercial participation in the long-term exploration, scientific discovery, and use of the Moon, Mars, or other celestial bodies. * The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Transportation, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the head of any other executive department or…

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