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Developing Nations To Hitch A Ride On UN Space Mission

The United Nations will fly its first ever mission into space aboard Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spaceplane in 2021 to give developing nations a chance to make it into orbit.

The space race is heating up and the UN is determined not to leave any country behind so they’re booking flight time on Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spaceplane.

They’ll be taking payload submissions from member countries until 2018 and hope to find sponsors to finance the mission.

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Should We Forget About Saving The Earth From Climate Change And Save Mankind Instead?

The Earth just passed a dangerous global warming benchmark from which there is allegedly no return. Now, some scientists say the planet is already doomed, and for humanity to survive, we need a Plan B.

Philosopher scientists James Lovelock, who established the Gaia theory 30 years ago, argues we should ditch the planet and save humanity.

Instead of focusing worldwide efforts on saving a doomed planet we could make more progress if we focused on preserving the species. If we gave up the idea of living on huge tracts of land, most humans could live inside climate controlled cities while others colonized space.

The most important thing is preserve the continuity of the species.

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Small Cubesat Satellites Test New Technology

The spacefaring nations of the world are competing with private companies to build an economy in orbit, colonize the moon and exploit resources from passing asteroids, but to reach other planets something more is needed.

That’s why NASA launched its Cube Quest competition to encourage students and amateur rocketeers to build very small satellites called cubesats to test new technology.

Amateur scientists are building small cubesats that can be powered by everything from water to the controversial EmDrive.

Competitors are starting to line up to build small EmDrive powered spacecraft to prove the “impossible warp drive” engine actually works.

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Europe’s New Map Of The Milky Way Could Help Save Earth From An Asteroid

If a killer asteroid struck the Earth, humanity could be devastated, but a new groundbreaking three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy could help astronomers spot incoming space rocks before they become a threat.

The European Space Agency launched the space-based observatory Gaia in 2013 and now 1,000 days later the probe has transmitted the best star chart ever produced.

It will help astronomers plot the location of distant stars and near-Earth objects that pose a threat to life on our planet.

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New Theory Says Moon Was Created By Planetary Collision

Scientists have been studying moon rocks brought back to Earth by the Apollo astronauts for years, but to understand their true place in the universe, researchers needed technology that wasn’t available until recently.

After studying the rocks, researchers discovered the moon is made of material found here on Earth and other alien material that must have come from a celestial body crashing into our planet.

The explosion would have created a massive dust cloud, which eventually coalesced into our moon.

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Blue Origin Unveils New Reusable Rocket Design

Blue Origin, the space travel company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, unveiled the newest addition to its reusable rocket lineup Monday, and it’s enormous.

The reusable New Glenn rockets come in two sizes: 2-stage capable of delivering cargo to low-Earth orbit and 3-stage designed to carry astronauts into deep space.

The rockets are named after the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and once they’re built will move Blue Origin from a space tourism company to a major player in the industry.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft To Visit Asteroid Bennu Lanches From Cape Canaveral

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is waiting to lift of from its Cape Canaveral launch pad aboard an Atlas V rocket on a quest to visit the earthbound asteroid Bennu before it comes near the planet.

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will launch Thursday night if the weather remains good and spend the next two years traveling out into the depths of space.

In 2020 it will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu, map it and land to take a sample before returning to Earth in 2022.

NASA scientists hope that by studying the sample they will be able to learn more about the origins of the solar system, but they also want make sure the space rock won’t strike the Earth when it returns in the late 22nd century.

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Queen Reaches For The Stars As Asteroid Named For Freddie Mercury

Thousands of mountain sized rocks float through outer space and occasionally some come near to striking the Earth as they fly through our atmosphere in a fiery blaze of glory known as a shooting star.

Astronomers named one these shooting stars after Queen front man Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 70th birthday.

The asteroid is about 2.2 miles across and hangs out near mercury, according to Queen guitarist Brian May who also holds a doctorate degree in astrophysics.

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The Next Solar Storm Could Destroy Civilization If We Don’t Build A Magnetic Shield

The sun occasionally erupts in solar storms that wreak havoc with electronics here on Earth and the White House has ordered the creation of a disaster plan to protect vital systems from destruction.

A French scientist doesn’t think that will be enough to protect the planet, however, and he’s calling on the spacefaring nations of the world to build a massive magnetic shield.

Solar storms that strike the Earth can knock out the computers and communications equipment we have come to depend on in the modern age.

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Company Plans New Space Based Economy With Reusable Rockets

Instead of planning to build a city on Mars, one SpaceX competitor is building cargo trucks to ferry supplies into orbit above Earth in a new space-based economy employing thousands of people.

The United Launch Alliance is building reusable rockets to ferry cargo into space where the supplies can be traded to companies mining valuable resources from the moon and passing asteroids.

The ULA reusable rocket is different from the one used by SpaceX, however. While SpaceX reuses the first stage of the rocket, ULA plans to reuse the second, the piece that normally carries the cargo to its final destination.

The company pictures a fleet of these space trucks permanently parked in orbit above the Earth.

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