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I completely missed this largest ever indoor space rocket launch by Karl Lagerfeld in Paris, March 7 2017:
Apparently Chanel prepares for the Space Business with their Ready To Wear Winter 2017/18 collection presentation.

Skip to video runtime 5:30 for the launch sequence.

Awesome show! Though they should have reconsidered their selection of Kraftwerk's song "Radioactivity" as introduction. Not good for space business. In fact a trip to Mars and back only adds up to twice the radiation exposure compared to a year on the International Space Station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSJs6433jBI&t=01m30s
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For those in the Bay Area, this inaugural meeting of the HP Virtual Reality City on Mars might be interesting. Shannon Norrel from HP presented the project on the 2017 Mars Society Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luqumPWiMyI

Friday, September 29, 2017
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA (map)
HP, Inc. HQ - Building 3

https://www.meetup.com/Mars-Home-Planet/events/242778501/

http://hp.com/go/mars
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Dr. Robitaille started his video channel this week: The first episode erupts with his well founded theory about the liquid solar surface and spotlights multiple different detailed observations on that surface as evidence. I remember his talk at the Electric Universe conference in Albuquerque 2014 where I heard about this for the first time.

https://youtu.be/Erql613GO_k
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Yes, to the Moon!
Christopher Columbus also returned almost directly on his first trip and only the next mission was the large one with 17 ships and 1500 colonists.
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Today's National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 sends promising statements and sets remarkable clear goals about the future of NASA! Some extracts:

Congress finds that [...] extending ISS beyond 2020 to 2024 or 2028 will have significant negative impacts on the schedule of crewed missions to Mars, without significant increases in funding.

In order to achieve the goal of successfully conducting a crewed mission to the surface of Mars, the President may invite the United States partners in the ISS program and other nations, as appropriate, to participate in an international initiative under the leadership of the United States.

Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report addressing th ability of Orion to meet the needs and the minimum capability requirements described in section 303(b)(3) of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. The report shall detail [...] the expected date that Orion, integrated with a vehicle other than the Space launch System, could be available to transport crew and cargo to the ISS.

The Committee on Human Spaceflight affirmed that Mars is the appropriate long-term goal for the human space flight program.

The human exploration roadmap shall include an integrated set of exploration science, and other goals and objectes of a United States human space exploration program to achieve the long-term goal of human missions near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s.

The Administrator shall submit to the appropriate committee of Congress an initial human exploration roadmap, including a critical decision plan, before December 1, 2017.

It is the sense of Congress that the technological and scientific goals of the Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission have not been demonstrated to Congress to be commensurate with the cost; and alternative missions may provide a more cost effective and scientifically beneficial means to demonstrate the technologies needed for a human mission to Mars that would otherwise be demonstrated by the Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission.

Not later than 120 days of the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall contract with an independent, non-governmental systems engineering and technical assistance organization to study a Mars human space flight mission to be launched in 2033.

The study shall include a technical development, test, fielding, and operations plan using the Space Launch System, Orion, and other systems to successfully launch such a Mars human space flight mission by 2033.

It is the sense of Congress that the Mars 2020 mission, to develop a Mars rover and to enable the return of sample to Earth, should remain a priority for NASA.
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At 14ft height this is the largest solid state driven Tesla Coil! Seen Dec 1 2016 at the San Francisco Exploratorium After Dark First Thursday. The Coup de Foudre project.
https://www.facebook.com/coupdefoudre2014/

https://youtu.be/hwkbHYSQCP0

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A fortuitous finding by Spirit Rover, who wasn't equipped with any dedicated life detection instrument! Having a good color camera working in the visual light spectrum was the key!

Original article in Nature: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13554
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Definitely worth a visit when the Kubrick exhibition makes a stop near your city! I enjoyed it here in San Francisco today!

http://www.stanleykubrick.de/en/ausstellungstour-exhibition-on-tour/

http://www.thecjm.org/on-view/currently/stanley-kubrick-the-exhibition/about
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Der ESA Trace Gas Orbiter hat erfolgreich den Mars-Orbit erreicht! Neben den Instrumenten zur Analyse der Atmosphäre und Wassereisvorkommen unter der Oberfläche dient er zukünftig als Relay-Station zur Datenübertragung. Damit ist ein wichtiger Schritt zur Landung des ExoMars-Rovers getan, die für 2021 geplant ist.

Zur Geschichte der Entwicklung des Orbiters und Landers sind Bernd Leitenbergers Artikel empfehlenswert:

* https://www.bernd-leitenberger.de/exomars.shtml
* https://www.bernd-leitenberger.de/exomars.sonde.shtml
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