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Links 1 through 10 of 33 by Paul Raven tagged Station

"After more than a decade of construction, it is nearing completion and finally has a full crew of six astronauts. The last components should be installed by the end of next year.

And then?

"In the first quarter of 2016, we'll prep and de-orbit the spacecraft," says NASA's space station program manager, Michael T. Suffredini.

That's a polite way of saying that NASA will make the space station fall back into the atmosphere, where it will turn into a fireball and then crash into the Pacific Ocean. It'll be a controlled reentry, to ensure that it doesn't take out a major city. But it'll be destroyed as surely as a Lego palace obliterated by the sweeping arm of a suddenly bored kid." They should sell it off. Someone will buy it, for sure.

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"Bigelow Aerospace officials said Feb. 1 they are making progress in their negotiations with United Launch Alliance for six initial launches for their planned commercial space station, starting around 2011."

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"Luna Gaia would be a 'closed-loop' environment, meaning that almost all material within the system is recycled with very little need for input from outside sources. The current design caters for a team of 12 astronauts under isolation for up to three yea

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"Faced with skyrocketing launch costs (due to massive inflation), Bigelow has decided to skip its "galactic phase," and instead launch a space station that may give way towards human habitation." Inflation, get it? lol

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"Here are a few ingredients needed to get to space on the cheap: Balloons, but big ones. Ping-pong balls. Off-the-shelf kayak paddles. And naturally, all the foam core construction material you can get your hands on."

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"The firm Bigelow Aerospace has launched its second inflatable space module, Genesis 2, taking another step towards its goal of building crewed, inflatable space stations that could be leased to paying customers."

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“I'm going why am I picking up NASA or the space station, then I just went to bed. Sure enough put it on in the morning and screamed... 'It's NASA! It's a space station! Why are we getting this?'” OMG - what if terrorists can see it too?

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"Efforts to reboot critical Russian computer systems aboard the ISS continued Friday after a long night of troubleshooting by the outpost's cosmonaut crew." Note the emphasis on the Russian-ness of the hardware. Cute.

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"NASA is ready and willing to share the international space station (ISS) with other U.S. government agencies and commercial firms once construction of the $100 billion orbital outpost is finished in 2010."

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"...a reactor fuelled entirely by thorium would have significant advantages over conventional uranium or mixed-fuel reactors." They're a smart bunch, those Scandinavians.

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