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Old February 18th, 2015, 04:17 AM   #2901
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This is a few days old, but a really important development toward the commercialization of the moon

Business On the Moon: FAA Backs Bigelow Aerospace



The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has given thumbs-up regarding private sectoroperations on the moon.

In a Dec. 22 letter to Bigelow Aerospace, the FAA's AST — in consultation with the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies, including NASA and NOAA — "is prepared to support Bigelow Aerospace's trailblazing initiative."

The letter is in response to a Bigelow Aerospace "payload review" tied to commercial development of the moon.

Protect assets and personnel

The FAA/AST letter, obtained by Inside Outer Space, encourages the private space firm to continue to invest in the development of Bigelow Aerospace's lunar habitat to support public and private sector activities. [Bigelow Aerospace's Private Space Stations (Gallery)]

"Moreover, we recognize the private sector's need to protect its assets and personnel on the Moon or on other celestial bodies," the FAA AST letter explains. "Supporting non-interference for private sector operations will enhance safety and only add to the long history of preserving ownership interests in hardware and equipment."

Furthermore, the letter explains that the Department of State's fundamental concern is that the national regulatory framework, in its present form, is "ill-equipped" to enable the U.S. Government to fulfill its obligations under the Outer Space Treaty with respect to private sector activities on the moon or other celestial bodies.

"This response represents one small step for Bigelow Aerospace and one giant leap for lunar development," said Mike Gold, Director of Washington, D.C. Operations & Business Growth for Bigelow Aerospace, LLC.

Economic growth

In 2013, after completing a Space Act Agreement on behalf of NASA to identify potential next steps for commercial space development, Bigelow Aerospace determined that the best destination for future private and public sector activities is the moon.

Unlike asteroids or Mars, Bigelow Aerospace believes that the moon has the potential to support near-term opportunities for economic growth.

"As is the case with any new frontier, prospects remain uncertain, but the moon offers a variety of minerals and resources that could support mining or other forms of commercial operations," Gold added. "Bigelow Aerospace sees its role in lunar development as the historic equivalent of the Hudson Bay Company, providing the necessary habitats, equipment, and transportation for entrepreneurs to execute their business plans. Bigelow Aerospace wants to enable individuals, companies, and countries to transform the moon into a dynamic arena for imagination and innovation."

Beginning of a process

Does the FAA now have jurisdiction over the moon? Does this letter fully resolve the legal vacuum that has existed for low-Earth orbit (LEO) and beyond LEO commercial operations?

"This is the beginning of a process, not the end," Gold said. "This response represents a first step by the AST to use what authority it has to create a safe and attractive environment for commercial lunar development. The first step is always the most challenging, and we're grateful to the FAA AST and their colleagues at the Department of State for this decision."

SOURCE: http://www.space.com/28449-moon-busi...space-faa.html
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Old February 18th, 2015, 05:14 AM   #2902
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Look at this, fan made concpetion of MCT.


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pretty interesting, I wish SpaceX soon releases their official version
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Old February 18th, 2015, 06:00 AM   #2903
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It would be nice to see a pro and con discussion on which is the more preferable heavenly body for colonization, Mars versus Earth's Moon.
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pretty interesting, I wish SpaceX soon releases their official version
it´s promised to the end of this year (for them to show their version)
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Old February 18th, 2015, 06:32 PM   #2905
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It would be nice to see a pro and con discussion on which is the more preferable heavenly body for colonization, Mars versus Earth's Moon.
For starters, the Moon is a maximum of 1/140th of the distance to Mars. And everything that will be needed to colonize a body like Mars will have to be tested on the Moon first.
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Old February 18th, 2015, 06:51 PM   #2906
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I think Mars would be the preferable choice however it won't be done without the Moon being colonized first. I just think economically it makes sense to do the Moon first.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 01:02 AM   #2907
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Mystery Mars haze baffles scientists
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31491805


What it could be? Any thoughts ?
I recently saw a documentary about colonizing mars and all the problems entailed, and one was that Mars has planet wide storms. Since there is no liquid water these are massive sand storms that engulf most of the planet. Maybe that's what this image shows.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 04:19 AM   #2908
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It is not a dust storm. This haze or emission is like, 200km high. Massive. Even the biggest dust storm gets nowhere near that high above the planet, and definately does not change the actual outline of Mars.
That is why the dont actually know WHAT it is...
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a volcano eruption, maybe? They could be wrong about Mars being a seismic dead planet.
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Could be some form of emission of...gas and particles, an eruption of sorts, maybe not volcanic as in lava etc...either way, this feature is way high, and Mars atmosphere is so thin, it is protruding into the exosphere.
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Could be volcanic. It seems to protrude primarily in one location. And we know the biggest volcanic mound in our solar system is on Mars, so a large explosion there(on Mars) could spew volcanic ash much higher than on Earth, due to Mars' 0.3G of gravity compared to Earth.
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Old February 19th, 2015, 11:59 AM   #2912
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In essence however, it shows, that we still have a lot to learn about the red planet.
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Meanwhile in Ceres



sharpest image of planetoid to date

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4485
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I bet the bright reflective spot in the northern hemisphere is an ice lake.
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What it could be? Any thoughts ?
That reminds me of the plumes sent up by the pieces of Shoemaker-Levy 9. I would check for recent meteorite impacts.
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Could be volcanic. It seems to protrude primarily in one location. And we know the biggest volcanic mound in our solar system is on Mars, so a large explosion there(on Mars) could spew volcanic ash much higher than on Earth, due to Mars' 0.3G of gravity compared to Earth.
Exactly my thought. Remember the icelandic eruption a few years ago by the Eyjafjallajokull? It spewed ashes and gas into space if I wasn't mistaken. Mount Olympus is definitely far more powerful, who knows?
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this picture proof that our solar system rotation/revolution, doesn't fit with the milkyway rotation/revolution... why and what the consequences?

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this picture proof that our solar system rotation/revolution, doesn't fit with the milkyway rotation/revolution... why and what the consequences?
how is that a proof of anything and why would there be any "consequences"?

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The Solar System is tilted 55° in relation to the Galactic equator. There are no significant consequences of that.
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