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The Pros and Cons of a Lunar Pit Stop

NASA definitely wants to go to Mars. But does it need the moon to get there? Marina Koren February 18, 2020 Artur Debat / Jackal Pan / Getty / The AtlanticLast week, NASA put out a call for applications for its next class of astronauts. In recent years, when the…
bubmag
February 18, 2020
Space Debris

The big business of tracking junk in space

Thousands of pieces of space junk are speeding around Earth, but current tracking tools aren't yet able to pinpoint where most of the junk is at any given time, putting other satellites in danger — and fueling a growing industry to track debris and satellites.Why it matters: Trackers warn collisions…
bubmag
February 4, 2020
Space Debris

A plan to make artificial meteor showers (2019)

If you ever find yourself sitting back in wonder as super-bright artificial meteors flash across the sky, you will be able to thank the credit crunch – at least in part. After the crisis of 2008 that Lena Okajima decided to leave her job at a financial company for a…
bubmag
February 3, 2020
Space Debris

NASA wants to manufacture spacecraft parts in low-Earth orbit

The Space Infrastructure Dexterous Robot (SPIDER) technology demonstration is slated to take place on NASA’s Restore-L spacecraft. The payload will assemble a functional communications antenna and manufacture a spacecraft beam. Maxar TechnologiesNASA announced it will contract Colorado company Maxar Technologies to develop a system for robotically assembling spacecraft parts in…
bubmag
February 2, 2020