Space exploration

Space exploration is the discovery and exploration of celestial structures in outer space by means of evolving and growing space technology. While the study of space is carried out mainly by astronomers with telescopes, the physical exploration of space is conducted both by unmanned robotic space probes and human spaceflight.
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  • The evolution of space travel -- a new gold rush has begun
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    The evolution of space travel -- a new gold rush has begun

    As one of the engineers who helped build and launch America's first spacecraft, I've seen first-hand the evolution of getting into space. Today, massive rockets like Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy nail precise landings to recover their own booster rockets. That's astounding. Because of Musk and the space ambitions of several other billionaires, everything from asteroid mining to space medicine to space tourism is now being developed. A new “Gold Rush” into space has begun 60 years after America first entered the “Space Race”. I joined the effort to reach space in 1959 when, right out of college, I was hired by McDonald Aircraft. Contracted by NASA to develop the means to get into space we didn't have

  • Group President of MDA Outlines Opportunities, Challenges for Canada's Next Role in Space
    New York Daily News

    Group President of MDA Outlines Opportunities, Challenges for Canada's Next Role in Space

    Speech to the Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo continues discussions around Canada's innovation potential in space exploration Richmond, BC, August 17, 2018--(T-Net)--Canada's role and potential involvement in the growing new space economy requires a commitment from the Government of Canada for a new space strategy, the Group President of MDA, a Maxar company, said in a speech to the Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo. "The most pressing question is whether Canada will participate, or not, in the international space community's next big exploration project," said Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA. "The United States, Europe, Japan and Russia are currently planning a return to the Moon

  • Lockheed Martin gives first look into where astronauts may live on missions to deep space
    Miami Herald

    Lockheed Martin gives first look into where astronauts may live on missions to deep space

    A massive cylindrical habitat may one day house up to four astronauts as they make the trek to deep space. Lockheed Martin gave a first look at what one of these habitats might look like Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center, where the aerospace giant is under contract with NASA to build a prototype of the living quarters. Lockheed is one of six contractors – the others are Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Space Systems, Orbital ATK, NanoRacks and Bigelow Aerospace – that NASA awarded a combined $65 million to build a habitat prototype by the end of the year. The agency will then review the proposals to reach a better understanding of the systems and interfaces that need to be in place to facilitate living in deep space.

  • India should seek US, Russia's help for 2022 space mission: Ex-Isro chief
    Business Standard India

    India should seek US, Russia's help for 2022 space mission: Ex-Isro chief

    Former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair on Thursday said India should seek support from United States of America or Russia to successfully send a manned mission into space by 2022. It would take India a long time to set up its own astronaut training and space-environment simulation facilities, the veteran space scientist opined. Terming the manned mission as the next logical step for India's space programme, Nair praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for mentioning the mission during in his Independence Day speech. "We have been dreaming about this (manned mission) for the last 10 years. Now the prime minister has taken a very bold decision. It is a matter of national pride. We will have our own spacecraft

  • Lockheed Martin gives first look into where astronauts may live on missions to deep space
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    Lockheed Martin gives first look into where astronauts may live on missions to deep space

    A massive cylindrical habitat may one day house up to four astronauts as they make the trek to deep space. Lockheed Martin gave a first look at what one of these habitats might look like Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center, where the aerospace giant is under contract with NASA to build a prototype of the living quarters. Lockheed is one of six contractors — the others are Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Space Systems, Orbital ATK, NanoRacks and Bigelow Aerospace — that NASA awarded a combined $65 million to build a habitat prototype by the end of the year. The agency will then review the proposals to reach a better understanding of the systems and interfaces that need to be in place to facilitate living in deep space.

  • Narendra Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears
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    Narendra Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

    India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year's general election. Modi, a powerful speaker who will seek re-election in the world's biggest democracy early next year, used the speech to broadcast his government's achievements, amid concerns about lack of jobs and rising violence against the Muslim minority. Wearing a flowing saffron turban, the Hindu nationalist leader also announced the plan to take the "Indian tricolour to space" in a manned mission that would make India the fourth nation to launch one, after the United States, Russia and China.

  • The Golden Age of Space Exploration: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Cosmos (Op-Ed)
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    The Golden Age of Space Exploration: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Cosmos (Op-Ed)

    Hold the front page: the interstellar visitor recently discovered in the solar system is almost certainly not an alien spacecraft. Last fall, there was widespread excitement after astronomers from the PAN-STARRS program at the University of Hawai'i detected a mysterious object shooting past Earth around 21 million miles (34 million kilometers) away. Named 'Oumuamua, meaning "first distant messenger" in Hawai'ian, it was the first object witnessed in our solar system that came from another star system. It was moving at nearly 200,000 mph (320,000 km/h), and was about 2,600 feet (800 meters) in length, with a highly unusual elongated cigar shape. Since a long, streamlined structure would minimize

  • US raises questions over 'abnormal' Russian satellite in row over space arms race
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    US raises questions over 'abnormal' Russian satellite in row over space arms race

    The United States has challenged Russia about a satellite orbiting the earth exhibiting "abnormal behaviour", raising questions about Moscow's intentions to develop space weapons. A US official said the satellite was acting suspiciously, describing its recent launch as “a very troubling development” that appears to justify Donald Trump’s plans for a new Space Force branch of the armed forces. “Its behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before,” Yleem Poblete, the assistant secretary at the state department’s bureau of arms control, verification and compliance, told a UN disarmament conference in Geneva on Tuesday. “We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behaviour.” Russia dismissed her comments as "unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions". The terrifying Cold War roots of space weapons - and why Donald Trump's message is 'vital' Dr Poblete said that the satellite, launched in October 2017, was of particular concern given Russia’s repeated public statements about wishing to develop space weapons. On March 1 Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, announced that his country’s Space Troops have received a mobile laser system, and Dr Poblete noted that Mr Putin has himself alluded to space weapons being more “acceptable in the political and military respect.” She said Russia’s proposals for a treaty described by Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister, as securing the “prevention of an arms race in outer space”, were not to be taken seriously. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, pictured in July Credit: TASS However, Russia, with the support of China, has drafted what is known as the PPWT – a “Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects”. Dr Poblete raised concerns about the treaty at the Geneva convention on Tuesday, describing it as “a flawed document, proposed by a country that has routinely violated its international commitments”. She used questions about the satellite to illustrate US unease about signing up to the draft treaty. Referring to the satellite, she said: “For the United States, this information strengthens our belief that the proposed PPWT has major flaws that make it unviable and demonstrates that any space arms control agreement is unverifiable at this time.” A Long March-4C rocket lifts off from the southwestern Xichang launch centre carrying the Queqiao ("Magpie Bridge") satellite in Xichang, China's southwestern Sichuan province on May 21, 2018 Credit: AFP Instead, she urged countries to follow America’s lead and dismiss the proposed treaty. Alexander Deyneko, a Russian delegate at the Swiss conference, called Dr Poblete’s remarks “the same unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions, on suppositions and so on”.   The United States had not proposed amendments to the draft treaty, Mr Deyneko said. “We are seeing that the American side are raising their serious concerns about Russia, so you would think they ought to be the first to support the Russian initiative,” he said. The row about the mystery satellite came after Mr Trump last week unveiled his his much-vaunted Space Force, a new 'sixth branch' of the armed forces which he wants ready by 2020. China, which is backing the Russian treaty, has also been proactive in the development of space capabilities, since President Xi Jinping said in June 2013, at the launch of the Shenzhou X manned mission, that China would take bigger steps in space exploration in pursuit of its “space dream”. A report for the US and China Economic and Security Review Commission highlighted how the Chinese military was seeking to develop the ability to attack US systems in space. A Soyuz 2.1b rocket booster with a Frigate upper stage block, the Meteor-M 2-1 meteorological satellite and 18 small satellites launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome Credit: TASS The report stated: “Chinese analysts surmise that the loss of critical sensor and communications capabilities could imperil the US military’s ability to achieve victory”. Chinese anti-satellite capabilities are thought to include spacecraft armed with weapons such as explosive charges, lasers and radio frequency jammers. Additionally, trials of the Dong Neng-2 rocket from the Xichang launch site, a so-called missile defence interceptor, reached altitudes of over 18,000 miles; the range thought to include many US spy satellites in geosynchronous orbit, that make one orbit of the earth every day. The Space Force will be used in conjunction with the new Space Fence – a ground-based radar, designed by US defence company Lockheed Martin, which will chart space debris as small as 1cm in diameter in the earth’s atmosphere.   Nasa, the US space agency, estimates there are over 500,000 individual pieces of space debris orbiting the planet at speeds in excess of 17,000 miles per hour. Satellites and manned spacecraft such as the International Space Station are at risk from such fast-moving space debris. The Space Fence could be used alongside RAF Fylingdales as part of a system to track Russian and Chinese satellites. It monitors all space debris and traffic, including foreign owned space systems. Whilst technically possible, the ability to physically interfere with satellites - known as a hard-kill - such as forcing them to descend into the earth’s atmosphere where they will burn up, is some years away. More likely is a cyberattack - known as soft-kill - that could render them useless or unable to communicate properly. "The UK does not have the industrial muscle or money to do a hard-kill,” an RAF spokesman said, “but the US probably will in the near future and the UK will look to get involved.” “We do have some soft-kill capability, such as jamming," he said.  

  • GlobeNewswire

    Columbia Memorial Space Center to Deliver Family-Friendly Entertainment and Hands-On Stem Science Fun at Long Beach Comic Con’s Space Expo 2018

    MAD Event Management LLC — experienced hosts of diverse and inclusive pop culture conventions — and Columbia Memorial Space Center – birthplace of the space shuttle and all of the Apollo space mission command and service modules — are excited to announce today the lineup to Space Expo 2018 — the fifth installment of their jointly developed program as part of the annual Long Beach Comic Con (#LBCC2018), held this September 8 and 9 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Space Expo brings together the space exploration and entertainment industries to put a spotlight on the real science behind popular works of fiction, with mind-blowing special guests who are at the top of their respective fields! Space Expo attendees of all ages will have instant access to a suite of engaging, interactive STEM educational opportunities and science-based panels.

  • Indian human space mission to create 15,000 jobs: ISRO chief
    Business Standard India

    Indian human space mission to create 15,000 jobs: ISRO chief

    The plan to put an Indian into space, on its own, for the first time by 2022 will create as many as 15,000 jobs, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said on Wednesday. "We estimate that the human space mission will generate about 15,000 jobs over the next few years," Sivan told IANS here. The ISRO wants to take up the manned spaceflight in collaboration with multiple state-run scientific institutions, academia, industry and start-ups. The space agency aims to take Indian astronauts into space to a height of 350-400 km above the earth and orbit around the planet for at least a week by 2022. The astronauts will also be conducting experiments in space, details of which are

  • Reuters

    Narendra Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

    India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year's general election. Modi, a powerful speaker who will seek re-election in the world's biggest democracy early next year, used the speech to broadcast his government's achievements, amid concerns about lack of jobs and rising violence against the Muslim minority. Wearing a flowing saffron turban, the Hindu nationalist leader also announced the plan to take the "Indian tricolour to space" in a manned mission that would make India the fourth nation to launch one, after the United States, Russia and China.

  • Narendra Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears
    Reuters

    Narendra Modi announces space mission, health scheme as election nears

    India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme from September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year's general election. Modi, a powerful speaker who will seek re-election in the world's biggest democracy early next year, used the speech to broadcast his government's achievements, amid concerns about lack of jobs and rising violence against the Muslim minority. Wearing a flowing saffron turban, the Hindu nationalist leader also announced the plan to take the "Indian tricolour to space" in a manned mission that would make India the fourth nation to launch one, after the United States, Russia and China.