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NASA prepares for manned asteroid mission

http://www.space.com/common/media/video/player.php?videoRef=NEOnauts2 This is very exciting for supporters of the manned space program. Finally we are preparing to leave LEO instead of continuing our operations there. We stand to gain a lot from such an asteroid mission, which could occur in the 2020-2025 timeframe: -The Japanese Hayabusa mission is a perfect example of the inefficiency of robotic exploration probes. It reportedly returned a few bits of asteroid dust which will be studied i

Yuri Armstrong

Yuri Armstrong

China prepares their first space station

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/china-first-space-station-construction-100817.html It's great to see another nation taking their first steps in space. Space stations and satellites used to be pure science fiction, now it looks like we're going to have two in orbit at the same time. Taikonauts are planned to arrive at and crew the space station in 2012. While it is good to see another country expanding its presence in space, this should be a reminder to NASA to pick up the ball and keep

Yuri Armstrong

Yuri Armstrong

Possible fossils on Mars?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38494792/ns/technology_and_science How exciting! We all know that billions of years ago Mars may have had an environment that could support life. The meteorite that was found in Antartica, presumably from Mars, could possibly contain evidence of life. If a probe is launched to Nili Fossae we may be able to finally confirm whether life existed on Mars.

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Yuri Armstrong

World's first space dive

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18427-space-diver-to-attempt-first-supersonic-freefall.html This is amazing. He's going to reach supersonic speeds on his way down. From 120,000 feet you can see the Earth and the space around. Not only is this an exciting attempt to break the world record for the highest jump (31 km), this is also a bit of data to see if astronauts can bail out of a spacecraft if they're in danger. Here's a video of the record:

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Yuri Armstrong

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