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    A nonprofit just booked a trip to the moon with SpaceX

    It looks like we may have a new kind of space race.

    An Israel-based nonprofit competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize now has a ride to the lunar surface and a legitimate chance to become the first

    SpaceIL announced Wednesday that it has a contract to fly to the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

    If SpaceIL or another team competing for the X Prize succeeds, it will effectively open up access to the moon, which was once only accessible for nations.

    SpaceIL’s rocket ride is scheduled to blast off in the second half of 2017. If the mission is a success, it will be the first time an Israeli spacecraft has gone to the moon. The nonprofit bought the launch from Spaceflight Industries, which purchased the Falcon 9 that SpaceIL's lander will fly to space aboard.

    http://mashable.com/2015/10/07/space.../#dcwWgKigogqa

    ^See the pictures.

    SpaceIL Signs First Verified Google Lunar X Prize Launch Contract

    At a press conference held in Jerusalem today, alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Bob Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE, SpaceIL announced a significant milestone in its race to the moon: securing a “ticket to the moon” on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher, with a mission scheduled for the second half of 2017. With this, SpaceIL becomes the first team to produce a verified launch contract in the US$30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, and aims to accomplish not only the first Israeli mission to the moon, but also the world’s first private lunar mission.

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/10/...unch-contract/

    http://www.spaceil.com/
    http://lunar.xprize.org/teams/team-spaceil
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    Nifty idea, but since it's by a govt space agency it will probably take a long time.

    Lunarville! European Space Agency plans town on the moon to replace International Space Station
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFr2WmeQu74

    Here's the crazy plan to start building an inflatable habitat on the Moon in 2024
    http://www.businessinsider.com/europ...24-2015-6?op=1

    FAA's Nield Endorses Woerner's Moon Village, But With Commercial Partners Too
    http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/new...hcuFtk.twitter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonrunner View Post
    I still think that we need to focus on non-rocket propulsion to get both materials and people off-planet. Even if Musk's wildest dreams come true, rocket launches will still be prohibitively expensive in the long term. More than any other space dream, we should be focusing on getting into orbit on a dime.
    Here are a few options, including Startram.

    Do We Really Need Rockets to Go to Space?
    http://www.universetoday.com/123150/...o-go-to-space/
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    The lunar electrical power utility

    Scores of projects are being proposed for the Moon by established spacefaring powers as well as new players. The far side “Moon Village” proposed by the head of the European Space Agency, Johann-Dietrich Wörner has drawn great interest (see “Building a Moon village”, The Space Review, November 2, 2015). Of particular note is the endorsement of the concept by George Nield, the head of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, who noted recently that no US agency has been authorized to supervise commercial space activities.

    All of these initiatives will require electrical power. Rovers will require several kilowatt-hours per month for communications and instruments. Demand will grow as the Lunar Village becomes a reality with its own demand for power and electrical storage. The Moon’s two-week-long night creates additional challenges for rovers or other lunar infrastructure.

    Jim Shier of NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) office has proposed beaming power via lasers from powersats in lunar orbit to instruments on the lunar surface to enable continuous operation during the lunar night.1 Consider the avenues of research that would open if the rovers had unlimited range or could drill deep into the surface or perform continuously on command.

    In situ resource utilization (ISRU) is being increasingly discussed as a game changer in the economics of space. It may be possible to process water from craters at the lunar poles into fuel, radiation shielding, even for consumption. Analysis shows that lunar water could offer significant economic advantage to Mars mission planning in the recent NASA-funded evolvable lunar architecture study2 as well as through space logistics analysis.3

    ISRU will require much more energy than the few kilowatt-hours per month that rovers, sensors, and communication gear will require on missions anticipated in the early 2020s. By 2030 and beyond, potential demand for power from lunar operations is likely to be in the megawatt range and eventually at gigawatt levels.

    The initial target for ISRU is water, whose presence on the Moon has been confirmed. However, no samples of lunar water have yet been directly studied. We do not know how the water is bonded with the surrounding lunar materials. Thus far, the energy economics of ISRU projects has not been calculated because the nature of the resource is unknown and processing techniques can thus only be hypothesized.
    Given the availability of reliable electrical power on the Moon when and where needed, in the quantity and qualities desired, and at a competitive cost, many projects will become feasible that would otherwise not even be thinkable.

    As lunar activities pick up it will become compelling to examine all possible options for ISRU starting with low-hanging fruit such as water and structural materials made from lunar bulk materials, and soils for growing food and bio-based materials. Given the availability of ample, reliable, and competitively priced energy, the extraction of iron, aluminum, titanium, silicon, and other elements will become feasible; these can be used to manufacture products with high value. For example, the Compton-Belkovich Thorium Anomaly could potentially be a source of thorium4 for use as a fuel in nuclear reactors in space, avoiding the danger of launching significant radioactive mass from the Earth.

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    It's Not Rocket Science: We Need a Better Way to Get to Space

    http://www.space.com/31052-its-not-r...-to-space.html
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    SR Just letting you know that your posts on this topic are very interesting and much appreciated.. Keep'em coming

    P.S. My nickname doesn't have anything to do with space exploration... More to do with a centuries-old family tradition, involving a pot, copper tubing, plum trees and oak barrels

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    Leading NASA official says we're abandoning our post on the International Space Station for a very good reason
    http://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-...t-mars-2015-12

    NASA official warns private sector: We’re moving on from low-Earth orbit
    http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/...w-earth-orbit/
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    Video: 3D Printing at ESA

    3D Printing Our Future in Space and on Earth | Tommaso Ghidini | TEDxESA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbAac9DxM1I

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2016/01/...-printing-esa/
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    Mold in Space

    Orbital ATK Cygnus OA6: ISS Resupply (mission)
    https://thespaceport.us/forum/topic/...upply-mission/

    Life Exists In Space - Strange Fungus Overruns Mir Space Station
    http://rense.com/general8/mir.htm

    Space Fungus: A Menace To Orbital Habitats
    http://www.mold-help.org/content/view/468/

    Space Gets Slimed: Tiny Satellite Will Grow Mold In Orbit
    http://www.space.com/21982-space-sli...satellite.html
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    Speaking of life in space - I have to think that exploring sexual issues in space must be a prime consideration of researchers. Especially projecting out to longer-term space travel plans. Which leads one to the concept that astronauts are sometimes busily experimenting and recording the actions and the results.

    But I have never once heard anything like that referred to - well; except to preemptively deny it. <g>

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    Mold in Space

    Orbital ATK Cygnus OA6: ISS Resupply (mission)
    https://thespaceport.us/forum/topic/...upply-mission/

    Life Exists In Space - Strange Fungus Overruns Mir Space Station
    http://rense.com/general8/mir.htm

    Space Fungus: A Menace To Orbital Habitats
    http://www.mold-help.org/content/view/468/

    Space Gets Slimed: Tiny Satellite Will Grow Mold In Orbit
    http://www.space.com/21982-space-sli...satellite.html
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    Speaking of Life-In-Space and Alien Lifeforms and Aliens Invasions of earth - my theory is that aliens have developed a method of transporting themselves instantly from one place to another - that is: from their planet to ours and back again.

    And that they have long ago invaded Earth. But rather than being 'little green men' - they all look like insects; say; like ants. And they are here on earth in huge numbers - all busily coming and going back and forth to and from earth all the time - and going about their alien-business right in front of us all the time they are here.

    It has always made me laugh at humans so confidently supposing that they would even know about Being invaded.

    What if aliens all look like stones and live on such a different time-scale that they don't even know we exist? Maybe you could spend your whole life staring at a living-alien-stone and to the stone's perception it would be as though something had just flashed by them - passing too fast for them to see what it was.
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