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SPACE EDUCATION CURRICULA

Since Derek started posting some ideas about space education fundamentals, I am posting some curricula for space education and placing the documents in the "Files" box at the bottom of this page. Starting with: Duerk, Donna P. (2004 September). A Curriculum for Aerospace Architecture (AIAA 2...
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A Big Week for Mars News

This past week (July 23-29, 2018) has displayed a wealth of Mars News. Leading off the week was a US Congressional hearing about the “Journey to Mars.” The big scientific news from Mars was the discovery of what appears to be an underground lake 20 km long, which if it proves true, would amount...
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Polar Space Elevator

What if we explored building a space elevator at exactly the top of the rotational axis at the north or south pole? It could be attached to a tower with a rotating element that is loaded with strong magnets. The earth would rotate while the rotating element stayed fixed due to being fixed to ...
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Quick, Quality Courses for Blockchain and Space Fundamentals

One of the reasons I like the project is the caliber of the founding team. They are driven, well-credentialed, and bring accomplished domain experience. The project aims to be open to anybody, so I thought a good idea would be for those of us lacking domain experience to get up to speed on the...
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Who Owns the Moon?

This article by Frans von der Dunk, Prof at the University of Nebraska, explains the 1967 Outer Space Treaty's implications for owning resources extracted from the Moon, asteroids, or other celestial bodies. https://www.newsweek.com/who-owns-moon-space-lawyer-explains-opinion-1034468 The...
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Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist Expects to Find Proof of Alien Life within 20 Years

How soon will Ellen need to eat her words? Probably not until long after retirement. Besides, is, say, finding bacteria on, say, Europa really an answer to the question "Are we alone?" I mean, if you were alone, would knowing that there were also bacteria present make you feel any less alone? ...
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Space Architecture That Uses Burrowing and Inflatables

What if a portion of the space craft that carries the crew to Mars were inflatable? It could be infalted after the ship is on its way to Mars to make more living space and deflated once the ship arrives. A burrowing device could then burrow into the side of a mountain or into the ground and the i...
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Bringing Humans to Mars and Humanity Together

Since I am making the first post to Black Sky, I'd like to start with a blog post from Charlie Bolden, President Obama's NASA Administrator. that resonates with our motto 'To Space, Together." It does not matter that we will and must return humans to the Moon first. The point is that just lik...
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The Keck Report: Asteroid Retrieval Feasibility Study

The "Keck Report," the product of a study by the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) at CalTech/JPL in Pasadena, California constitutes a foundation stone astronautical engineering result for the asteroid exploration, mining, and science communities. http://kiss.caltech.edu/final_reports/Aste...
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Global Overview: Returned Astrobiology Sample Mission Architectures

This paper presents a global overview of current, planned and proposed sample missions. At present, missions are in progress to return samples from asteroids, comets and the interstellar medium. More missions are planned to Mars and the asteroids. Future sample return missions include more target...
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