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Old Feb 15th, 2017, 11:43 AM   #51
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Great post, TiltAgain (Used to be Tilt). The new space race is finally gaining some traction. Also this year, all the competitors for Google's Lunar XPrize have to launch before Dec. 31st, get a craft on the planet, have it move about and send back imagery. Lots to look forward to!
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Old Feb 15th, 2017, 12:44 PM   #52
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India just set a word record by successfully launching 104 satellites in one go.

Interesting.

But that does make one wonder about adding to the existing huge collection of Space Debris and Human Spacecraft…

Latest News About Space Junk and Orbital Debris
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/s...al_debris.html

And the IMAX movie of not long ago on the topic was quite a entertaining eye opener. But I guess there's room for some more yet…
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Old Feb 15th, 2017, 07:10 PM   #53
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UAE launches project to put human settlement on Mars


This is not a sci-fi movie.

The United Arab Emirates wants to establish the first “inhabitable human settlement” on planet Mars by 2117. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said his country will spearhead the “dream” of landing people on other planets.

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A team of Emirati engineers have a plan to construct a city on Mars — built by robots. The UAE’s Mars 20117 Project will work to accelerate research in space science that could make such a settlement possible. The Emiratis said they will work with an international scientific consortium to collaborate on efforts to put humans on Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.

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he project will also seek to “develop faster means of transportation” between earth and Mars, and will examine how inhabitants of Mars will obtain food and energy.

The UAE previously announced a project aimed at sending the Arab world’s first spacecraft to Mars, to land on the planet in 2021. The planet measures just 15 percent of the Earth’s volume and experiences the solar system’s largest dust storms.

The Emiratis said the Mars project was designed to “serve humanity” and did not specify a budget fot it.
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Following up on TiltAgain's post above, here's a video of ISRO's satellite deployment.


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India ain't no slouch in the space department, among its successes are the Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe and the Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Misson), a technology demonstration mission that was designed for a six-month trial, but has gone well over three years now with a significant amount of onboard propellant still available. It was also, compared to similar missions to Mars, ridiculously cheap (at $73-million USD).
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Apparently a big announcement is coming tomorrow from NASA.

Nasa to host major press conference on 'discovery beyond our solar system' | The Independent
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Thanks for the heads-up, SINC!

Also, for those who missed it on the weekend, SpaceX launched CRS-10, a resupply mission for the International Space Station, from Pad 39-A, the site of the historic Apollo launches.

Full webcast (launch and 1st stage return):
A nearby drone view of the Falcon-9 landing (very cool):
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Also, for those who missed it on the weekend, SpaceX launched CRS-10, a resupply mission for the International Space Station, from Pad 39-A, the site of the historic Apollo launches.
And landed right back on the exact same almost postage size pad!!!

That is absolutely incredible and I find it hard to believe how they did it, or on their landing barge previously!! Just amazing and almost unbelievable if and when one even thinks about that part!!
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Just a couple more hours to go:

Nasa to host major press conference on 'discovery beyond our solar system' | The Independent

Link to press conference:

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NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

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