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Space tourists circled the moon in 2018

The company “space adventures” (Space Adventures) in 2018 is going to send two space tourists circled the moon on the Russian spacecraft “Soyuz”, according to “Interfax-Kazakhstan” with reference to the company.

“Using already-proven flight of space ships, we will send two individuals and one professional astronaut around the side of the moon. They will be held in 100 kilometers from the moon’s surface. We expect that our first mission will take place in 2018”, – stated in the message.

According to the details of the mission, the first space tourists will start on the Soyuz spacecraft will dock with the International space station (ISS), which will adapt to space flight conditions for 10 days. At this time the Earth will launch the lunar module that consists of orbital module and propulsion systems. After that tourist “Soyuz” will uncouple from the ISS and dock with the lunar module. Over the moon tour will take six days.

The cost of flight not specified. In the representation of company Space Adventures in Russia, “Interfax-AVN” failed to get comments on this issue. Continue reading

Found the nearest planet capable of supporting life

Astronomers from Australia have discovered the nearest potentially habitable planet located outside the Solar system.

Discovered planet is located at the distance of only 14 light years from Earth and about four times more massive than her. It is one of three planets orbiting a red dwarf called Wolf 1061.

“This is a very interesting finding, because all three planets have a relatively small mass to be rocky objects with a solid surface. Planet Wolf 1061c and does amazing as it is located in the “habitable zone” where liquid water and even different forms of life,” says the study’s lead author Duncan Wright from the University of New South Wales.

For their work, the team used the HARPS spectrograph mounted on the 3.6 meter telescope of the European southern Observatory (ESO) in La Silla, Chile.

Need to mention that Wolf 1061 is not the closest star around which planets were discovered. However, it is around 1061 Wolf discovered a rocky planet, and one of them is located in the “habitable zone”. Continue reading

Designing spaceships to travel to distant worlds

Kate Green (Kate Greene)

This is the sixteenth report on a project on modeling of human presence on Mars called HI-SEAS.

On Tuesday, the crew of mission HI-SEAS for the first time in four months go outside without protective training suits. On our cheeks sparkle with the wind, the fresh air will fill our lungs, and if the weather is good, sunlight will Shine on our faces. We return back to planet Earth.

But before returning there was one interesting thing. Paradoxically, we in the conversations deviated from the earth and even from Mars. We talked about the fact that you will need for the construction, management and life on a spaceship, which will travel to the nearby stars, and which some generation will change the other, because the flights of this kind will last hundreds of years.

These conversations inspired us primarily the commander of our crew Vermeulen Angelo (Angelo Vermeulen). Angelo from Belgium, he is an artist, biologist and researcher space systems. He firmly believes that the legendary the starship enterprise from “Star trek” was basically wrong. Continue reading

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