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  Here’s a new one from me up this morning on – I hope you find it of interest. This topic is ripe for discussion!           Mining the Moon? Space Property Rights Still Unclear, Experts Say By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist July 25, 2014 07:25am ET   […]

Forecasting Freeman Dyson. Credit: IEEE Spectrum

Video of famous physicist Freeman Dyson tackles finding ET, what next for space exploration, and other topics – forecasting the next 50 years.Thanks to IEEE Spectrum, the renowned physicist muses about extraterrestrial life, the future of… space exploration, and what might become of our efforts to better understand the human brain. This video was produced […]


China’s Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, moon rover is apparently still “alive” entering into its eighth “working day” – a period of time equal to roughly 14 Earth days. However, the overall health of the robotic rover is not good. Yutu suffered a mechanical control problem in late January. Its antenna and solar panels could not […]

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President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, seated left, Buzz Aldrin, Carol Armstrong, widow of Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Patricia “Pat” Falcone, OSTP Associate Director for National Security & International Affairs, far right, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in […]

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That’s one small step for shoemankind! The Nike LunarGlide 6 is off and running, launched just in time to spotlight the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the Moon. According to Nike, the shoe whose namesake cushioning “was inspired by astronauts bounding weightlessly on the moon is more stable than ever.” The […]

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A new free NASA monograph is available that uses case studies to show government support for commercial activities. This intriguing monograph is titled: Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce. With the rise of a range of private-sector entrepreneurial firms interested in pursuing space commerce, the process whereby their efforts might be incubated, fostered, […]

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A fascinating collection of declassified U.S. documents reflect the covert side of lunar programs, made available as a National Security Archive electronic briefing book. This special posting today marks the 45th anniversary of the first humans to set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Called “Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and […]

Plant space.  Credit: Makoto Azuma

The site is the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.On July 15, California-based JP Aerospace lofted the artwork of Makoto Azuma, a “flower artist,” via high-altitude balloons. The mission carried a bonsai and a flower arrangement for the Japanes…e artist to the edge of space for a photo shoot. Ten on board HD cameras captured the botanicals […]


A National Research Council report has suggested that the benefits of 3-D printing for space missions are today undetermined. Advocates of 3-D printing have suggested the technology could enable in-orbit manufacture of replacement parts and reduce launch logistical requirements. The specific benefits and potential scope of the technology’s use remain undetermined, the NRC report contends. […]

Revealing look at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP and IDA

  The European Space Agency’s Rosetta comet mission is closing in on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. New photos taken by the spacecraft’s camera system now show that the comet is a contact binary, consisting of two parts in close contact. “This shape is most surprising,” says comet researcher Ekkehard Kührt from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum […]