Blue Origin successfully tests its crew escape system

 

Blue Origin’s escape system test went by without a hitch. Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight outfit successfully ejected the crew capsule from the New Shepherd rocket about 45 seconds after launch, shooting it away at about 400MPH before parachutes carried it safely to Earth. On top of this, Blue Origin landed New Shepherd again — there were worries that the capsule’s rocket would damage the booster and prevent it from landing safely.

Via Engadget

 

Blue Origin successfully tests its crew escape system

Buzz Aldrin and a model of his Mars Cycler Vehicle

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Via Reddit:

The journey in Aldrin’s cycler is supposed to be an eccentric loop around the sun from Earth to the Martian orbit in 146 days, spending the next 16 months beyond the orbit of Mars, and another 146 days from the Martian orbit back to Earth. Other cycler options take even longer. The advantage is that by not entering orbit around mars there is far less energy usage, but planning a mission around using a cycler has very little room for adjusting things on the fly.

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Buzz Aldrin and a model of his Mars Cycler Vehicle

Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year

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Via Ars Technica:

For the last few months rumors have been swirling within the aerospace community about how the company would soon unveil an ambitious architecture that will allow it to begin human missions to Mars within a decade. In response to those rumors, a company source told Ars that nothing was “imminent,” and that appears to be true.

During the forum, uploaded to YouTube, Musk said, “I’m hoping to describe that architecture later this year at IAC … and I think that will be quite exciting.” This year’s International Astronautical Conference will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from September 26 to 30. This may include discussion of both a super-heavy rocket as well as starships that could ferry large numbers of people from Earth to Mars, known as the Mars Colonial Transporter.

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Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year

China Releases True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

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Via TechCrunch:

Anyone can create a user account on China’s Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration website to download the pictures themselves. The process is a bit cumbersome and the connection to the website is spotty if you’re accessing it outside of China.

Luckily, Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society spent the last week navigating the Chinese database and is currently hosting a suite of China’s lunar images on the Planetary Society Website.

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China Releases True Color HD Photos Of The Moon