Project Icarus: Starship Probe to Explore New Worlds

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Project Icarus

Never mind going to the moon, Mars or asteroids — let’s send a probe out of the Solar System, to an Earth-like planet orbiting another star. That’s the idea behind Project Icarus, dreamed up by the British Interplanetary Society and the Tau Zero Foundation. They’d like to send a probe traveling at 12% lightspeed, reaching another solar system such as Bernard’s Star, six light years away, in about 50 years.

 

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UN To Discuss International Air Traffic Control For Outer Space

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Debris objects in Earth’s orbit is an increasingly troublesome issue.

An international air traffic control for outer space should be set up to prevent damage to satellites and spacecraft orbiting the Earth, according to proposal to be discussed at the United Nations next week.  Space experts from around the world will discuss ways of tackling the growing problem of space debris in orbit around the Earth. It comes just a year after an American satellite collided with a Russian satellite.

 

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Russia’s Plan To Save The Earth From A Collision With An Asteroid

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Space scientists in Russia are preparing to boldly go where no man has gone before, except for the actor Bruce Willis.  The head of the Russian space agency said today that it was considering a Hollywood-style mission to send a spacecraft to bump a large asteroid from a possible collision course with Earth.

 

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SpaceShipTwo – Virgin Galatic’s Commercial Spaceship Unveiled

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SpaceShipTwo being carried up to a high altitude by WhiteKinightTwo

A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.

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Chandrayaan Sends Images Of Apollo 15 Landing Disproving Conspiracy Theory

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A camera on board India’s maiden unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 has recorded images of the landing site of US spacecraft Apollo 15, a scientist said on Wednesday, rubbishing conspiracy theories that the fourth US mission to land on the moon four decades back was a hoax.

 

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NASA’s Ion Propulsion System A More Efficient Spacecraft Engine

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NASA’s new ion-propulsion system

NASA engineers have finished testing a new ion-propulsion system for earth-orbiting and interplanetary spacecraft. The system is more powerful and fuel-efficient than its predecessors, enabling it to travel farther than ever before.

 

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NASA Satellite Map Shows 99% Of Earth’s Land Surface

NASA Satellite Map Shows 99% Of Earth’s Land Surface

The map uses 1.3 million images and covers Earth’s land surface between 83 degrees North and 83 degrees South latitudes 

An astonishing new map has revealed the elevation of nearly every place on Earth.

The Global Digital Elevation Model was created using nearly 1.3million images collected by a Japanese camera on board Nasa’s Terra spacecraft. It is made up of a giant grid of 23,000 tiles, with each height point spaced 98ft apart. (Pics)

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Could Alien Life Be Thriving On Saturn’s Frozen Moon?

Could There Be Alien Life Be Thriving On Saturn’s Frozen Moon?

 The surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus shows evidence of ongoing geological activity 

Alien life could have evolved on one of Saturn’s moons, scientists say.

They have found evidence that seas may lie beneath the frozen surface of Enceladus  – the planet’s sixth biggest moon.
 

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