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 Exploration News of the last three weeks - 30 November 2011

01 December 2011
Excellent Infographic - The future of the Russian space program
The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center largest manufacturer of space technology, has unveiled a space exploration strategy
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http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20111130/169141926.html

30 November 2011
New Cosmodome brings new focus on virtual space exploration
On December 15, the Cosmodrome will open the door to a new and unusual concept: a virtual experience of space and methods of space exploration. Unique in Canada, this museum dedicated to astronautics will present three interactive space missions that are scientific, educational and entertaining.
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/New_Cosmodome_brings_
new_focus_on_virtual_space_exploration_999.html

29 November 2011
Report: Virginia should curtail Orbital Sciences to grow Wallops
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office has released a report suggesting that Orbital Sciences Corp. should lose its voting position on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island in order to “provide a level playing field for all customers,” the Daily Press reported Nov. 28.
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http://www.dailypress.com/news/newport-news/dp-
nws-deadrise-1129-20111128,0,4796680.story

28 November 2011
Russian president warns space officials over failures
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has threatened to punish officials responsible for recent failures in the space industry.
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http://en.rian.ru/russia/20111127/169063818.html

28 November 2011
Looking for a Space Job
Last week NASA announced new job openings at the space agency. If you ever thought of flying in space this may be your chance. A new class of astronauts is about to be formed. You can even apply online at a government jobs website.
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http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Looking_
for_a_Space_Job_999.html

26 November 2011
NASA Launches Most Capable and Robust Rover to Mars
NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the Nov. 26 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, which carries a car-sized rover named Curiosity. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket occurred at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST).
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http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/NASA_Launches_
Most_Capable_and_Robust_Rover_to_Mars_999.html

25 November 2011
SpaceX Expanding Florida Facilities To Meet Launch Demand
Space Exploration Technologies, the startup rocket company developing cut-rate launch services, is expanding its Florida base, with additional hangars to prepare its Falcon 9 rockets and customer payloads for flight.
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http://www.spacenews.com/civil/111125-spacex-
expanding-florida-launch-demand.html

25 November 2011
Boeing Tapping Heritage Programs for Space Taxi Design
From pressure seals used on the international space station to rendezvous and docking sensors developed for the Pentagon’s Orbital Express experiment, Boeing is drawing heavily on heritage space and aviation programs for its proposed CST-100 commercial human spacecraft.
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http://www.spacenews.com/civil/111125-boeing-
heritage-space-taxi-design.html

25 November 2011
European Tracking Antenna Loses Contact with Phobos-Grunt
A European tracking antenna in Australia failed to pick up any signals from Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft the night of Nov. 24-25 after two consecutive evenings of success, a setback raising concerns the window of opportunity for sending the stranded spacecraft towards Mars appears to be closing.
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http://www.spacenews.com/civil/111125-european-
tracking-antenna-loses-contact-with-phobos-grunt.html

23 November 2011
Sarkozy Reaffirms Commitment to Space Spending
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Nov. 22 said he would maintain France’s space budget — including a $700 million public bond issue for rocket and satellite projects — despite pressures on public spending, arguing that Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis is no reason not to invest in the future.
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http://www.spacenews.com/policy/111123-sarkozy-commitment-space.html

23 November 2011
Russia wants to focus on Moon if Mars mission fails
If Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars mission fails the country's space agency may focus on Moon exploration, the deputy head of the Roscosmos agency said on Tuesday.
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http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Russia_wants_to_
focus_on_Moon_if_Mars_mission_fails_999.html

23 November 2011
15 patents granted for Chinese space docking technology
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/15_patents_granted_
for_Chinese_space_docking_technology_999.html

23 November 2011
Russia, France to team up on new launchers
"Russian and French engineers are already working in this direction under Project Ural," Putin told a news conference after a meeting of the Russian-French cooperation commission.
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http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Russia_France_to_
team_up_on_new_launchers_999.html

23 November 2011
Talks held between ASI and CMSEO
Further cooperation in the field of manned space flight was discussed between Mr. Wang Wenbao, director of CMSEO and Mr. Enrico Saggese, president of ASI (Italian Space Agency) in Beijing Aerospace City on 23 November 2011.
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http://en.cmse.gov.cn/show.php?contentid=1137

22 November 2011
China plans major effort in pursuing manned space technology
China will endeavor unremittingly in its pursuit of manned space technology, a senior space program official said Friday at a press briefing detailing the nation's first-ever space docking.
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_plans_major_
effort_in_pursuing_manned_space_technology_999.html

18 November 2011
NASA 2012 Budget Funds JWST, Halves Commercial Spaceflight
NASA will get $17.8 billion for 2012 under a compromise budget that increases funding for the troubled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) astronomy flagship but provides less than half of what the agency sought for its commercial spaceflight program.
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http://www.spacenews.com/civil/111118-nasa-budget-funds.html

18 November 2011
USA Gets $232.9M Contract Mod for Shuttle Closeout
The modification to the Space Program Operations Contract, a cost-plus-award-fee-reimbursement contract, provides funds for USA to prepare the retired space shuttle orbiters for public display, and to cover closeout costs for 31 space shuttle subcontractors.
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http://www.spacenews.com/contracts/111118-usa-
contract-mod-shuttle-closeout.html

17 November 2011
China's spacecraft comes back to Earth
China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou VIII returned to Earth on Thursday, state media reported, after completing two space dockings that have pushed forward the nation's ambitious space programme.
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinas_spacecraft_
comes_back_to_Earth_999.html

17 November 2011
Shenzhou-8 brings German SIMBOX experiments safely back to Earth
"Figuratively speaking, SIMBOX has been a leap over the Great Wall that has opened up a completely new partnership in human spaceflight for Germany," said Gerd Gruppe, Executive Board member of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) responsible for Space Administration.
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http://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10212/332_read-2062/

17 November 2011
NASA Settles on Delta 4 for 2014 Orion Test Flight
NASA wants to conduct a 2014 test flight of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) aboard a Delta 4 rocket, for which the agency would expect to pay about $370 million, according to Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats.
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http://www.spacenews.com/civil/111117-nasa-delta4heavy-orion-test.html

16 November 2011
Why China in space is a blessing to the world
The concept of a "space race" is now obsolete. International cooperation is the future trend and rivalry between so-called space powers will inevitably give way to more friendly cooperation.
An already tech-savvy China is ready to make further contributions to space exploration, not only for its own, but also for the sake of the entire world.
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http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Why_China_in_
space_is_a_blessing_to_the_world_999.html

16 November 2011
Lawmakers Chide White House for Not Committing to ExoMars
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http://www.spacenews.com/policy/111116-
lawmakers-prod-exomars.html

15 November 2011
'Frustration' in Europe over joint Mars probe: NASA
The United States has failed to commit to plans for an unmanned joint Mars mission with the European space agency, causing frustration abroad, top NASA officials told lawmakers on Tuesday.
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http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/Frustration_in_
Europe_over_joint_Mars_probe_NASA_999.html

15 November 2011
Voyager 2 Completes Switch to Backup Thruster Set
NASA's Voyager 2 has successfully switched to the backup set of thrusters that controls the roll of the spacecraft.
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http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Voyager_2_
Completes_Switch_to_Backup_Thruster_Set_999.html

14 November 2011
Singapore family books $1 million Virgin space flight
A Singaporean businessman, his wife and two children have paid $1 million to become the first Asian family to fly together on space-tourism airline Virgin Galactic, the company announced Monday.
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http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Singapore_family_
books_1_million_Virgin_space_flight_999.html

14 November 2011
International consensus on joint space exploration
Representatives from 28 countries, the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) met in Lucca, Italy, on 10 November for the Third International Conference on Exploration and the first High-level International Space Exploration Platform.
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http://www.space-travel.com/reports/International_
consensus_on_joint_space_exploration_999.html

FOR FURTHER READING
28 November 2011
Red Planet blues
With Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft all but dead, Russian scientists are making plans for future missions even as the president of Russia threatens prosecution for those involved with the failure. Dwayne Day examines what Russia should, and should not, do to reinvigorate its planetary exploration program.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1980/1

28 November 2011
The SLS: too expensive for exploration?
The Space Launch System, NASA’s new heavy-lift vehicle, has not met with universal acceptance since the design was formally announced in September. John Strickland argues that the SLS, as currently conceived, will be too expensive to support the exploration missions and other applications envisioned for it.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1979/1

28 November 2011
Making the case, again, for space-based solar power
Space-based solar power is a concept that has strong support from a small number of space advocates, but little attention or funding from broader audiences. Jeff Foust reports on a new study that offers optimism for the future of space solar power even as the political landscape for supporting it becomes even more challenging.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1978/1

28 November 2011
EU Code of Conduct: commentary on Indian concerns and their effects
A European Union proposal for a “Code of Conduct” for space activities has run into opposition from some countries, including India. Michael Listner discusses what Indian officials find objectionable in the code and the options for handing those concerns.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1977/1

28 November 2011
Review: Journey to the Exoplanets
The search for extrasolar planets has become one of the fastest-paced areas of astronomy, with over 700 such worlds now discovered. Jeff Foust reviews an iPad app that provides a multimedia look at some of those worlds and the science behind the search.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1976/1

21 November 2011
The ongoing certainty of budget uncertainty
Congress last week passed a final 2012 budget for a number of federal agencies, including NASA, supporting some programs but cutting back funding for others. Jeff Foust reports on the details of that appropriations bill and why, despite its passage, NASA’s future funding remains highly uncertain.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1975/1

21 November 2011
American human spaceflight and future options, short- and long-term
The future of America’s human spaceflight efforts is uncertain given budgetary pressures and worries that the nation doesn’t have the commitment needed to support a long-term program. Roger Handberg warns that if the US waits too long, it could be shut out of future international cooperative ventures by a rising Chinese space program.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1974/1

21 November 2011
Mind expansion
What does shifting an orbit of an asteroid have in common with interstellar spaceflight? Lou Friedman describes how both out-of-the-box concepts may be key to expanding our thinking about humanity’s future in space.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1973/1

21 November 2011
Review: Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope
Tragedy thrust NASA astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, into the global spotlight earlier this year. Jeff Foust reviews a new book by the couple, including details about the sometimes contentious interactions Kelly had with his management at the space agency.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1972/1

14 November 2011
An uncertain future for solar system exploration
Tight budgets and other factors are putting pressure on NASA’s planetary exploration programs. Jeff Foust reports on what that means for long-term plans for missions to Mars and elsewhere in the solar system.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1971/1

14 November 2011
Staring into the eyes of the Dragon
China is building up its space-based reconnaissance systems in a bid to match American military capabilities. Dwayne Day describes what is driving Chinese plans, and what vulnerabilities that effort introduces.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1970/1

14 November 2011
Space war and Futurehype revisited
Visions of overwhelming US military space superiority have long appeared dubious to many, something that is especially the case today given new fiscal realities. Nader Elhefnawy revisits those visions of the US as an “astrocop”.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1969/1

14 November 2011
Phobos-Grunt: a legal analysis of potential liability and options for mitigation
Russia launched its Phobos-Grunt Mars mission last week, but the spacecraft remains stranded in a decaying Earth orbit that could cause it to reenter within weeks. Michael Listner examines some of the legal implications and remedies for yet another uncontrolled satellite reentry.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1968/1

14 November 2011
Review: Astrobiology: A Brief Introduction
Fast-moving, multidisciplinary fields like astrobiology quickly outdate books written about them. Jeff Foust reviews a second edition of a book first published five years ago on astrobiology that benefits from some substantial updates.
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http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1967/1

 

 


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