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Asteroid orbit achieved by Hayabusa2
Next up: sampling asteroid material and a return trip.
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Mars travel will need safer, faster rockets.
Current technology isn't safe and fast enough to make Mars travel routine.
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Dust hazard in space.
Lunar dust is a known toxic hazard. I would not be surprised if Martian dust also proved to be a hazard as well.
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Block 5 arrives.
Increased reuse is set to increase the affordability of rocket launches.
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Space race tradeoff?
Sometimes to get there earlier, you go with what you have.

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Private mission to the moon announced.
A launch date of 2019 is too late for the X Prize, but I'm not really complaining.
Mission to the Moon
Mission to the Moon
mission-to-the-moon.com
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Looking for life in the Venusian atmosphere
The search will be performed by telescope, and possibly by a future Russian probe, Venera-D.
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How long will a Tesla survive space?
It's the burning question.
Quote: The real forces that will tear the car apart over hundreds of millions of years in space, Carroll said, are solid objects and — most importantly — radiation.
Live Science
Live Science
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To the moon.
Well, around it.
SpaceX said to be planning to take two private individuals on circum-lunar mission late next year.

This will be quite an achievement, even if it was first accomplished 50 years ago! And 8 times in total.

This is complicated engineering, although in this case, 90% of the complexity of a typical lunar mission has been removed. There is no landing craft, and consequently no return needed from the lunar surface.

Still, an extremely complex venture, particularly the return to Earth, although I'm not sure if this is to be an Apollo-style return, where the angle of approach is very unforgiving if outside a certain range.

http://www.spacex.com/news/2017/02/27/spacex-send-privately-crewed-dragon-spacecraft-beyond-moon-next-year
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Moonbase Europa.
Germany is attempting to restart an ESA effort to build a permanent base on the moon. It will be interesting to compare their efforts against the Chinese moon base ambition.
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