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Welcome to HobbySpace. the site that will prove to you that everyone can participate in space exploration and development in one way or another.
February 2013
Space for All Blog NewSpace Watch Blog
Space Hobbies & Activities in the Spotlight

Amateur & Pro Astronmers Create Galactic Beauty

Amateur and professional astronomers work together to create a beautiful image of the M106 galaxy using a mosaic of Hubble telescope images. See Space-for-All post for more info.

Galaxy M106
Source: Hubblesite.org

Citizen Scientists Analyze Martian Surface

Planet Four, a citizen science project from Zooniverse, invites you

"to help planetary scientists identify and measure features on the surface of Mars... the likes of which don’t exist on Earth. All of the images on this site depict the southern polar region, an area of Mars that we know little about, and the majority of which have never been seen by human eyes before!"

The goal is

to find and mark ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ on the Martian surface. Scientists believe that these features indicate wind direction and speed. By tracking ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ over the course of several Martian years to see how they form, evolve, disappear and reform, we can help planetary scientists better understand Mars’ climate. We also hope to find out if these features form in the same spot each year and also learn how they change.

See Space-for-All post for more info.

Space Art Spotlight

tereshkova
tereshkova

resnik
resnik

jemison
jemison

sharman
sharman


Philip Bond
More space art...
Space News from Virtual Amanda Bush

In the February 2013 Virtual SpaceTV 3D show, Amanda Bush and James C. Birk report on the flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 and the meteor fireball over Russia, on the debut of the Deep Space Industries asteroid mining company (see below), on the planned Bigelow Aerospace module to be docked with the International Space Station, and on the recent drilling activity of the Curiosity rover, :

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Other Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are available on the HobbySpace Youtube Channel.

The Virtual SpaceTV 3D shows are created by BINARY SPACE (www.binary-space.com) with story content from HobbySpace.com. These videos are intended as demonstrations of an experimental technique for generating animated presentations. The show was generated autonomously by software according to a text script. The project is described in the Virtual Producer whitepaper (pdf). For further information contact info@binary-space.com.


Here are the preceding two shows in the Virtual SpaceTV 3D series:

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Virtual SpaceTV 3D - January 2013
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Virtual SpaceTV 3D - November 2014
Space Music Video of the Month

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I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)
Written and performed by Astronaut Chris Hadfield and
Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies
Previous space music in spotlight

It's a Whole New Outer Space Out There

Deep Space Industries Aims for Asteroid Mining and Space Construction

On January 22nd, the new company Deep Space Industries helpd a press briefing to announce theirplans for prospecting and eventually mining asteroids. Their goals areto obtain materials such as platinum that could be returned to earth profitably and also to provide to in-space users resources such as water, which can also be splt into oxygen and hydrogen for fuel. In addtion, they are developing a 3D printing system that could operate in weightless conditions and would use nickel metals from the asteroid to build large structures.

Like the company Planetary Resources which opened last year, Deep Space Industries will not go directly to an asteroid and start digging. Instead DSI plans to send small low cost probes, which they call Fireflies, to visit asteroids and investigate their composition. After this prospecting phase, DSI will send larger scale spacecraft called Dragonflies to those asteroids that were found to be particularly promising. A Dragonfly will return to earth with up to 65 kilograms of asteroid materials.

To save on launch costs, the Fireflies and Dragonflies will ride as secondary payloads on launches of big commercial communications satellites. Unlike Planetary Resources, Deep Space Industries does not currently have any billionaiire moguls backing their plans. They are seeking investors and will need several hundred milion dollars at least to get theire project off the ground.

This video illustrates their near, medium and long term goals:

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Here are videos of their debut press briefing:

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Check for the latest in leading edge rocket and space travel projects on the
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Satellite Tracking at HobbySpace

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Run the Satellite Tracking Tool from BINARY SPACE right here at HobbySpace in your browser. The program allows you to track a large set of satellites in both low earth and geostationary orbits. (Note: the program requires Microsoft Silverlight, Version 5 or higher, as well as the latest version of your browser. Currently the program works on the Microsoft® Windows® platform only.) The Satellite Observing section provides additional information and web resources about the hobby of satellite tracking and watching.
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