Friday, March 29, 2013

The Mars Society

http://www.marssociety.org/

The Mars Society began in 1998 in Boulder, Colorado in an effort to "further the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet". The group is worldwide and has local chapters in many countries. You can also join or volunteer for the organization. A major aspect of the Mars Society programs is to educate the public and the websites Education Page provides the materials and tools to do just that. The Red Planet Pen blog asks interesting questions and provides answers that stimulate thought. The Society operates two research stations that are used by crews learning to live and work on another planet. Reports and images of these activities are available on the website. There is an annual convention, a quarterly magazine, an RSS feed and all the major social media inviting you to keep up with the many activities of The Mars Society.


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Astrium

http://www.astrium.eads.net/

Astrium is a subsidiary of EADS Group along with Airbus, Cassidian, and Eurocopter. The Group is a worldwide aerospace, defense and related services company. Astrium is said to be number 1 in Europe and number 3 worldwide in providing space transportation, satellite systems and services. The website news page is about the company's programs, people, services, equipment and much more. The "Thanks to space..." page (located under a Feeds heading), gives you an excellent series of articles that detail various space related activities and their benefits. The "Did You Know?" section has page after page of quick space related fun facts and figures. Astrium reaches out to all students, inviting them to participate in competitions and to apply for internships and jobs through the EADS Careers page. The huge Video Gallery is sorted by categories and channels. Check the menu at the bottom of the Home page for the complete list of Astrium pages. You can keep up with company activities through the many RSS feeds that are available.


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Friday, March 22, 2013

AmericaSpace

http://www.americaspace.com/

AmericaSpace is dedicated to showcasing America's space exploration efforts. The reporting staff of 13, including the founder, Jim Hillhouse, bring the latest space related news and events together in a blog format. The Launch Schedule page lists future launch information from 11 different sites around the world. The site also has links to 9 other space news entities and 16 other space websites and blogs to give comprehensive coverage to space related activities and information. AmericaSpace has a small PDF library that presents a variety of documents on space exploration focusing on budgets and decision making. The YouTube channel for AmericaSpace has 94 videos on its uploaded list at this time. There are many photos, from many sources, in the websites collection. The website is ad supported with minimal ads on display. There is an RSS feed for the blog and you can follow AmericaSpace on all the major social media.


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Yuri's Night

http://yurisnight.net/2013/03/#/home

Yuri's Night is about bringing together "the people who really work for space with the people who think space is cool and want to be a part of it". The night is April 12, 2013 and is celebrated with star parties and events world wide. Information about Yuri's Night is presented with unique graphic pages designed by Jason CranfordTeague. It is a pleasure to explore the website. There are a number of projects and contests that you can participate in to celebrate the exploration of space. Resources are made freely available for you to help "Rock The Planet in 2013". A limited number of items are available at Yuri's Night Online Store. Lands' End Business Outfitters has a wide variety of items for you to apply the Yuri's Night logo. You can reach the Yuri's Night team easily through the major social networks, newsletter, email and phone all listed on the contact page. Lots of pictures of activities are available the their flickr page. Only 26 days until Yuri's Night - 2013.


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Friday, March 15, 2013

National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

http://ncesse.org/

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. Their goal is to "Inspire... Then Educate". The website takes you from who they are and what they believe to the programs they offer to accomplish their goals. Much of their work is done at the community level, using scientists and engineers to engage students, families, teachers, and the general public. There are several regularly occurring events that are hosted by the NCESSE. There are many ways you can get involved and help promote and place these programs in communities. Subscribe to the RSS feed or follow on Facebook and Twitter. An email newsletter is also available. NCESSE is a project of Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to social change.


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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Planetary Resources

http://www.planetaryresources.com/

Planetary Resources wants to bring the "natural resources of space" to where we can use them, either in space or on Earth. Using robotic technology, they want to mine asteroids. The website greets you with a short video describing the company's mission. The company, headquartered in Bellevue, WA, makes it easy for you to get involved with an application to its newsletter prominently displayed. A lower menu takes you to in-depth descriptions of just how Planetary Resources will accomplish its mission along with who's on the team already. Pull down a menu and you can explore interesting aspects of the project, including space craft, asteroid info and more. The company has a blog and is on the major social networks.


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Monday, March 4, 2013

Space Settement

http://space.mike-combs.com/

As we step further out into space, we can turn to artists and visionaries who conceive of possible scenarios. Mike Combs has put together an excellent website with not only artistic visualizations but also scientific and realistic physics arguments. You can access images, and videos that detail possible space settlement configurations and the unique opportunities presented in a variety of habitat designs. The ʺComputer Animationʺ section gives a boost to habitat concepts. Mike provides not only his own articles and stories to spark your imagination, but material from other authors and scientists who bring interesting food for thought. The ʺSpace Settlement FAQʺ has detailed information and a list of websites and resources in its bibliography. There is a very good ʺLinksʺ page to keep you busy with follow-up research.


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Friday, March 1, 2013

Inspiration Mars Foundation

http://www.inspirationmars.com/

The Inspiration Mars Foundation, headed by Dennis Tito, is proposing a fly-by mission to Mars targeted for January 5, 2018. The mission takes advantage of planetary orbital alignment and expected minimum solar radiation. The website is designed along the same lines as the mission, simple and straight forward. Much of the information about the mission is located on the main page. Links across the top take you to items further down the page. External links are provided in the "Our Partners" section. At the bottom of the page you'll find more detailed information presented in the three items under "Media". The Feasibility Analysis, an 18 page PDF file, was the best read available. Griffin Communications Group is handling contacts.


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