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    Space... The Universe.... News & Views & thoughts & Ideas....

    Lunar station here we come-ski y'all.


    http://news.sky.com/story/us-and-rus...ation-11055965



    The US and Russia will work together on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station.
    It is part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars.

    The US space agency said earlier this year that it was exploring a programme called the Deep Space Gateway, a multi-stage project to push further into the solar system.
    NASA said the project envisages building a crew-tended spaceport in lunar orbit that would serve as a "gateway to deep space and the lunar surface".
    Russian space agency Roscosmos announced a cooperation agreement had been signed at an astronautical congress in Adelaide.

    "The partners intend to develop international technical standards which will be used later, in particular to create a space station in lunar orbit," the Russian agency said in a statement.

    The Russians and Americans would cooperate to build the systems needed to organise scientific missions in lunar orbit and to the surface of the Moon, it said.
    "Roscosmos and NASA have already agreed on standards for a docking unit of the future station. Taking into account the country's extensive experience in developing docking units, the station's future elements will be created using Russian designs," it added.

    The main works are expected to begin in the mid-2020s.

    Space exploration is one of the few areas where international cooperation between Russia and the US has not been affected by political tensions.

    The $100bn ISS, which has been orbiting Earth at about 17,000 miles (28,000km) per hour since 1998, is the world's largest space project.

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    We all ready know that on the far side of the moon there are structures built by a race of highly advanced aliens . And the moon is actually hollow . All this has all been fully authenticated by David Icke
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    NASA Delays Launch of $8.8 Billion James Webb Space Telescope to 2019

    https://www.space.com/38304-james-we...nch-delay.html


    The successor to NASA's famed Hubble Space Telescope won't get off the ground next year after all.
    NASA has pushed the planned launch of the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope from October 2018 to the spring of 2019, citing spacecraft-integration issues.

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    Really amazing piece of kit that.

    Should be able to actually view exoplanets, and will also be able to detect if there is life on them by reading their chemical emissions etc.

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    SpaceX aims to replace Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon with one spaceship

    Bigg-ish news from Elon Musk today.

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/s...050529502.html


    When Elon Musk took the stage at the International Astronautical Congress today to expand on the Mars plan he revealed at the event last year, he started where people had the most questions last time around: How will you pay for trips to Mars?

    The answer, Musk said, had a lot to do with simplifying the companies lineup, and rendering redundant some of its current products. To do that, it'll try to replace all of its current launch vehicles, including Falcon 9, and the larger Falcon Heavy it hopes to launch this year, along with its Dragon transportation capsule with one ship, and one booster.

    "I think we have figured out how to pay for it – this is very important," Musk said, to chuckles from the crowd.

    The plan is in part to have a smaller vehicle than was originally planned for use in Mars missions, which is "still pretty big," but it's also practical for use for "everything that's needed in greater Earth orbit activity," Musk said.







    "Essentially we want to make our current vhielces redundant," he added. We want to make one booster and ship that replaces Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Then, all resources used for all can be applied to this system."

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    When the Moon hit's your eye like a big Pizza lie that's a moron
    The world is round but the universe is flat.

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    Believe it or not Triton, one of Neptune's moons will cast a shadow on the Earth on Oct 5th.

    This will happen as it transits in front of a bright star.



    http://www.astrowatch.net/2017/10/ca...nian-moon.html

    Triton has not passed in front of bright stars for many years, making occultation observations difficult. Now, as Triton passes in front of a bright star, the data collected by SOFIA’s 100-inch (2.5-meter) on board telescope and three powerful instruments will enable researchers to better study and characterize the moon’s atmosphere, including its temperature, pressure and density.


    Previous observations, including those from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft taken in 1989 and a previous occultation observation in 2001, indicate that Triton’s atmosphere is made mostly of nitrogen and is distorted at different locations by its high winds and strong tides. These new occultation data may also provide details about how the atmosphere varies at different altitudes, enabling researchers to examine if the atmosphere has changed since it was last studied.


    Catching Triton’s shadow as it races across Earth’s surface at more than 37,000 mph (17 km/s) while the aircraft is traveling at Mach 0.85 (approximately 652 mph), is no small feat. To ensure that they are in the right place at the right time, researchers have made advanced observations of Triton and the star with multiple telescopes to determine the location of their shadow. From these precise calculations, SOFIA’s flight planners have designed a flight plan that will put the flying observatory in the center of the shadow for approximately two minutes as Triton aligns in front of the star.

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    Bigg-ish news from Elon Musk today.

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/s...050529502.html


    When Elon Musk took the stage at the International Astronautical Congress today to expand on the Mars plan he revealed at the event last year, he started where people had the most questions last time around: How will you pay for trips to Mars?

    The answer, Musk said, had a lot to do with simplifying the companies lineup, and rendering redundant some of its current products. To do that, it'll try to replace all of its current launch vehicles, including Falcon 9, and the larger Falcon Heavy it hopes to launch this year, along with its Dragon transportation capsule with one ship, and one booster.

    "I think we have figured out how to pay for it – this is very important," Musk said, to chuckles from the crowd.

    The plan is in part to have a smaller vehicle than was originally planned for use in Mars missions, which is "still pretty big," but it's also practical for use for "everything that's needed in greater Earth orbit activity," Musk said.







    "Essentially we want to make our current vhielces redundant," he added. We want to make one booster and ship that replaces Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Then, all resources used for all can be applied to this system."
    More on the rockets that will do the job:

    Spacex Big Rocket will go down in history like DC-3 and Caravel sailing ships



    The 150 ton payload fully reusable Spacex Big F*ing Rocket (BFR) will make it easy to begin a true space age.

    Each Spacex BFR launch would enable the placement of 2 to 4 times larger space stations than the International Space Station which took dozens of Shuttle launches.

    The BFR will be able refuel in orbit and go to the moon, land and launch from the moon and return to earth without refueling.

    The BFR establishing new commercial space age like DC-3 boosting commercial aviation before WW2

    With the first few BFR launches they will be able to establish

    Massive orbital fueling and support stations.
    Orbital industrial capacity, science facilities
    An on the moon lunar base
    An orbiting the moon lunar space station
    L5 and other lagrange point bases
    Large missions to asteroids

    They will be able to launch thousands of internet satellites in the first few launches. A global low earth orbit internet satellite network could generate over $30+ billion per year.

    A fleet of 40 to 400 fully reusable Spacex BFR rockets averaging about one launch per week would have 2000 to 20,000 launches per year. This would be moving 300,000 to 3 million tons of payload. This will be taking space industry up to 100 to 1000 times.

    The DC-3 and the DC-8 were legendary in the historical development of aviation. The DC-8 also had the Boeing 707 as competition.

    The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner. Its cruise speed (207 mph or 333 km/h) and range (1,500 mi or 2,400 km) revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting effect on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.

    Civil DC-3 production ended in 1942 with 607 aircraft being produced. It had 21 seats or 14–16 sleeping berths. Early U.S. airlines like American, United, TWA, Delta and Eastern ordered over 400 DC-3s. These fleets paved the way for the modern American air travel industry, which eventually replaced trains as the favored means of long-distance travel across the United States."



    The DC-8 could transport 177 passengers.

    Historic as Caravel sailing ships or Spanish Galleons

    The BFR will be even bigger in history by establishing space colonization in near earth orbit, Cis-lunar, asteroid and Mars. It will be like the three mast Caravel ships that enabled and were the work horse for colonization of the Americas.

    The Caravel were agile and easier to navigate than the barca and barinel, with a tonnage of 50 to 160 tons and 1 to 3 masts, with lateen triangular sails allowing beating. The exploration done with caravels made the spice trade of the Portuguese and the Spanish possible. However, for the trade itself, the caravel was later replaced by the larger carrack (nau), which was more profitable for trading. The caravel was one of the pinnacle ships in Iberian ship development from 1400–1600.

    The Caravel was listed as one of the top 100 science inventions of all time.

    It was in such Caravel ships that Christopher Columbus set out on his expedition in 1492; Santa María was a ~100 ton nau which served as the flagship and the Pinta and Niña were smaller caravels of around 15–20 m with a beam of 6 m and displacing around 60-75 tons."



    If the Spacex BFR establishes space industry, sustainable and permanent colonization of near earth, cislunar, moon, asteroids and Mars then it will be historially bigger than the Caravel and DC-3 combined.


    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/0...ing-ships.html
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    An asteroid measuring between 5-12 meters passed Earth at 0.23 lunar distances last night, around 88,000 km.

    Will be back again in 2018 but at around 1 million.

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