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Book Review: America’s Space Futures – Defining Goals for Space Exploration

February 2nd, 2014

America’s Space Futures: Defining Goals for Space Exploration, Editor Eric Sterner; George C. Marshall Institute, Arlington, Va.; $12.99, shipping and handling $3.99; (soft cover); 2013. The George C. Marshall Institute has published a thought-provoking new book, America’s Space Futures: Defining Goals for Space Exploration, edited by Institute Fellow Eric Sterner. There are those that see […]

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New Info: Mars Rock Mystery

January 19th, 2014

It’s a bit of a detective story. NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover imagery shows a rock materializing in a spot where it wasn’t seen in earlier imagery. How’d it get there? Mars Exploration Rover (MER) scientists have dubbed the object “Pinnacle Island.” One view is that the robot kicked up the object during its wheeling around […]

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New Survey Poll Data: Funding the Final Frontier

January 10th, 2014

An interesting poll was taken last year focusing on space and funding the final frontier. Done by the London-based YouGov, the fieldwork was done between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1st. YouGov is an international, full service online market research agency founded in the UK in 2000. According to the data gathered, what’s a public response […]

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NASA Moon Orbiter Spots China Lunar Lander/Rover

December 30th, 2013

China’s Chang’e 3 lander and rover have been spotted by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (LRO) powerful camera. At the time of the landing LRO’s orbit was far from the landing site so images of the landing were not possible. However, ten days later on December 24, LRO approached the landing site, and the Lunar Reconnaissance […]

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NASA Moon Orbiter to Image China’s Lander/Rover

December 16th, 2013

Previously taken NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) images of the area in which China’s Chang’e 3 landed on the Moon December 14 have been matched up with descent images acquired by the Chang’e 3 lander as it dove down onto the lunar surface. According to imaging experts, the Chinese lander is probably in, or very […]

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Mars One Details 2018 Plan

December 10th, 2013

Mars One — a not-for-profit foundation established to plant a permanent human settlement on Mars — has secured lead suppliers for its first mission to Mars. The mission, slated for a 2018 launch, will include a robotic lander and a communications satellite. Mars One has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to […]

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