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International Team Ready for Virtual Mars Journey

June 1st, 2010

Credit: ESA Credit: ESA   This week a six-person crew from Russia, Europe and China will begin their voyage to Mars! Well, sort of. The adventure is a simulated 520-day journey to the red planet, one that will test the endurance of crew members to carry out a long-duration spaceflight.  The six “astronauts” will take […]

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To Mars via Moscow! New Video Details Simulated Space Travel

May 10th, 2010

Starting next month, a crew of six that involves two Europeans, three Russians and one Chinese will participate in the first full-duration simulated mission to Mars. The Mars 500 experiment mimics a mission to Mars in a mockup that includes an interplanetary spaceship, a Mars lander and a martian landscape. Mars500 is being conducted by Russia’s Institute […]

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China Selects First Female Astronauts, Space Station Work Progresses

May 9th, 2010

Add two females to China’s growing cadre of astronauts according to China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) and as reported by Chinese media outlets.  Word from China Daily last week is that the two women are both aged 30 to 35, married, have college diplomas and fly transport aircraft for the Chinese air force. The two […]

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Commercial Space

French Guiana Spaceport Readies First Soyuz Launch

May 8th, 2010

The scene is the French Guiana launch site for Arianespace – a spaceport that has been a busy hub for commercial satellite liftoffs for decades. A new milestone is to be met this year – the first launch from that facility of a Russian Soyuz launcher. Once Soyuz joins Arianespace’s launcher family, this vehicle will […]

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Exploration

Robotic Space Plane Set for Liftoff

April 22nd, 2010

All appears on schedule for tonight’s maiden flight of the reusable X-37B space plane. This U.S. Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, will be boosted into orbit atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas booster. Its mission is to demonstrate a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force. The objectives of […]

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Education

NASA official battles the bugs of space travel

April 20th, 2010

Source: The Washington Post In H.G. Wells’s “The War of the Worlds,” Earth’s unwitting defense against the Martian hordes comes in the form of pathogenic bacteria to which the invaders lack immunity. In reality, earthlings have created an international network whose next great mission is to protect potentially fragile Martian life, should there be any, […]

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