Angélique Verrecchia

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New 'Space Poop' System Could Fly on Orion Deep-Space Mission

A new spacesuit system to flush away astronauts' poop will likely fly on the first crewed Orion spacecraft flight, NASA said in an interview with Space.com.<p>This means that eager innovators could see their waste collection system fly in space between 2021 and 2023 on "Exploration Mission 2," or …

That entrepreneur who wants to mine the moon? He’s getting a lot closer!

Almost two years ago the Washington Post did a story about an entrepreneur named Naveen Jain, the co-founder and chairman of Moon Express who announced some pretty audacious plans to send a small, robotic spacecraft to the moon in 2016. The aim: to win a $20 million prize from Google and, more …

NASA's New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Someone at Boeing has been on a serious Kubrick kick, as evidenced by the new spacesuits it made for Boeing Starliner astronauts. The blue suits, …

To get a man on the moon, China's program takes cues from the Apollo lunar lander

The country is looking to launch in 2032.<p>Though China's goal of landing a man on the moon is still more than a decade away, the country is already testing key equipment for the 2032 mission. Most recently, the program has been testing the landing gear for the lunar module.<p>The lunar module is the …

Space Exploration

A first look at the path NASA astronauts will walk when the U.S. launches humans into space again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — They’ll take the elevator 175 feet above the shoreline, then march 15 steps across the platform and 13 down the grated gangplank to the double doors that open to a small white room. There the astronauts will make their final preparations, adjust their spacesuits, check their …

Space Exploration

Spaceworks may have a real-world stasis chamber for space travel by 2018

A process traditionally used to treat cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injury is now showing promise as a possible method to enable long-term space …

Astronaut twin study hints at stress of space travel

Unusual study of NASA’s Scott and Mark Kelly finds gene-expression shifts during nearly a year in space.<p>Preliminary results are in from NASA’s …

UAE seeks to build human settlement on Mars by 2117

The United Arab Emirates has unveiled a new project that aims to establish the first inhabitable human settlement on Mars by 2117.<p>The initiative called "Mars 2117 Project" was announced on Tuesday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE, on the …

NASA is thinking about putting astronauts on the first flight of its future giant rocket

The agency has been working toward an uncrewed debut flight of the Space Launch System for fall of 2018<p>NASA is mulling over the idea of putting astronauts on the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) — the giant heavy-lift rocket the space agency is building to take people to Mars someday. …

Space Poop Challenge: NASA reveals the winner of its microgravity toilet contest

When British astronaut Tim Peake was on board the International Space Station (ISS) recently, he admitted that the question he gets asked most by the …

The Far-Out Summit Where Geniuses Learn to Build Starships

To get to the spaceship convention I have to go to Chattanooga. To a former train depot once called Terminal Station, a beaux-arts building downtown, …

China wants to visit Mars by 2020 and beat Nasa to set up the first manned moon base

China has announced that it intends to explore Mars and plans to get there by 2020, as well as being one of the first countries to explore the "dark …

The Nitty Gritty Engineering Challenge of Building a Space Elevator

Nothing's impossible, but this would be really hard.<p>A space elevator would permanently change mankind's relationship to leaving the planet. It would be so much easier if we could simply carry payloads into orbit, space travel would become common. Carrying a payload into space on an elevator would …

To explore deep space, an astronaut says we need to build a rocket factory on the moon

Strong gravity and a thick atmosphere allow us to live here on Earth, but also what make it so difficult to leave the planet.<p>Rockets have to exceed at least 25,000 mph to escape Earth's gravity. That means spacecraft may end up using a substantial portion of their fuel before they even start …

Space Exploration

Can SpaceX really land on Mars? Absolutely, says an engineer who would know

Company has quietly tested Mars landing techniques with its first stage returns.<p>In September, 2014, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida …

Expandable habitats may take us to Mars

<b>(CNN) —</b> In sci-fi movies, space habitats are huge structures with labyrinth layouts. But Hollywood doesn't have to deal with the issues real aerospace engineers face when contemplating future space homes -- such as gravity and financial constraints.<p>"Gravity ... is a really serious problem," Bigelow …

What Is the Limit to How Far We Can Travel in Space?

Bad news, guys. There’s a limit to humanity. Even if we had the technology for interstellar space travel, we still wouldn’t be able to see most of …

How politics could disrupt the SpaceX rocket revolution

Landing rocket boosters on an open-ocean platform has been a massive engineering hurdle for SpaceX.<p>Politics are proving to be a different sort of challenge.<p>As competition in the satellite-launch sector intensifies, the battle between traditional aerospace giants and upstart companies backed by tech …

Space Travel

NASA Wants to Build a Magnetic Force Field and a Deep Sleep Chamber For Astronauts on Mars

A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber to shuttle astronauts on long journeys, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest …

Lunar Leap: Europe Eyes Establishment of Moon Base by 2030s

There is growing interest in Europe to prioritize the moon as humanity's next deep-space destination.<p>The moon, supporters say, can serve as a springboard to push the human exploration of the solar system, with Mars as the horizon goal. So Europe is ratcheting up what it sees as the strategic …

MARS2013 Morocco Mars Analog Simulation

Mars 2013<p>Between 01 – 28. February 2013, the Austrian Space Forum – in partnership with the Ibn Battuta Center in Marrakesh – conducted an integrated …

Geophysics

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Will 2016 Be the Year Elon Musk Reveals his Mars Colonial Transporter Plans?

There are several space stories we’re anticipating for 2016 but one story might appear — to some — to belong in the realm of science fiction: …

Space Travel

Tim Peake: life on space station 'spectacular' says astronaut

The biggest challenge Tim Peake faced during a press conference full of non-controversial questions was doing a back-flip in orbit<p>His first day in space was way beyond all his expectations. No, he hadn’t seen the new Star Wars film yet but all of them up there were looking forward to seeing it. He …

Gallery: How caves give astronauts a preview of life in space

<i>Dark, isolated and largely unexplored, caves help astronauts prepare to do extra-terrestrial science.</i><p>You’re isolated, confined and enveloped in …

The Guardian view on space exploration: awaken the force with a global effort | Editorial

Different countries have different objectives, but exploring space relies on cooperation and planning<p>The face said it all. Moments after floating aboard the International Space Station, Tim Peake, Britain’s European Space Agency astronaut, was on our screens and beaming. Who can blame him? After …

Space Exploration

The Overview Effect Will Save Earth One Rich Space Tourist at a Time

A little known psychological phenomenon, alters how those who leave the planet think about it when they return.<p>When you orbit the Earth at 17,000 …

FAA Advisory Group Endorses “Moon Village” Concept

WASHINGTON — A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has recommended that the FAA start discussions with the European Space Agency about …

FAA

ESA Moon Challenge 2015