The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, has finally inked a much discussed agreement with the European Space Agency, making good on Russia’s 2012 promise to strengthen its industrial base and take over more of the global space market.
Announced in mid March, the agreement includes Canada on its governing council and picks up where NASA left off on the ExoMars mission.
The question: If you could, would you go to Mars, even if you knew the trip would kill you?
It’s a purely hypothetical question for now, since there are so many non-lethal barriers to long-term human space travel still to conquer.
But in anticipation of the day when the other challenges have been met, scientists are working constantly to find ways to create a safe environment for those human bodies that will eventually rocket to points deeper and deeper into space. Read more.
This is probably one of the most disruptive stealth projects that has surfaced over the last few years and combines some feature of Google Earth with the playback and video functionality of Youtube. We caught up with the team and asked them for some questions over how the solution will work and what challenges they did encounter. Read more.
If you were sent to live in a moon colony, what couldn’t you live without? Your partner? Your pet? Superhero pajamas?
Russia isn’t the only country eying the moon, so there might be a chance for you yet. As recently as January 2012, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich began promising American citizens a moon colony by the year 2015. Whether he’ll have a chance to implement his plan remains in the hands of the U.S. voters, but countries like Russia and China are already hard at work figuring out the logistics of moon exploration: Read more.
Already hard-hit taxpayers may look at space exploration and high-tech research as just so much pie in the sky. But cash-strapped governments around the world, including Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as several U.S. states, continue to show a willingness to pay to get and keep slices of the industry and businesses that support space exploration. Read more.
What a year it’s been – from UrtheCast’s incorporation in December of 2010, to signing vital contracts with UK Rutherford Appleton Labs and the Russian Federal Space Agency, to the acquisition of the social media platform GroundMap, UrtheCast leaps ever closer to beta launch in Summer 2012. In addition to the excitement surrounding beta launch, 2012 will see us expanding our stellar team and testing our camera, Iris. If you’ve been living under a space rock for the past year and haven’t been able to keep up with all the blogs, tweets and news releases, we want to remedy that. Here’s a look at what we’ve done and where we’ve been over the past 12 months: Read more.
UrtheCast is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Under the terms of this agreement, the Russian Federal Space Agency has committed to providing the prelaunch preparation, space launch and delivery, installation, and maintenance of two UrtheCast cameras on the Russian module of the International Space Station (ISS). This agreement is a continuation of the exclusive agreement signed with RSC Energia, who currently acts as the prime contractor on ISS related projects. Read more.