Amateur Space Weekly - October 25

Amateur Space Weekly - October 25

The White House supports student space explorers with CubeSat design contest, Nasa opens Sample Return Robot Challenge, amateurs help discover exocomets (but not aliens), and more in this week's roundup of amateur space news.

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Funding the search for dark matter with citizen science

Funding the search for dark matter with citizen science

Milkyway@Home faces a second year without federal grants. Fortunately the project's community of citizen scientists are coming to the rescue. Learn more about the crowdfunding effort to help Dr. Heidi Newberg and her minions continue the search for the Milky Way Galaxy's hidden dark matter.

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Amateur Space Weekly - September 25

Public observatories, Native American near space explorers, a student-made satellite from China, amateur solar flare observations helping science, and crowdfunding Australian radio astronomy are among this week's stories from the world of amateur space exploration.

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Amateur Space Weekly - August 2

Amateur Space Weekly - August 2

Near space balloon flights into the stratosphere, crowdfunding student research in orbit, crowdsourcing earthquake measurements, and discovering exoplanets are among the ways amateurs explored space last week.

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Amateur Space Weekly - June 12

British teenager discovers a planet orbiting another star, UK rocketeers head to international competition, US storm-spotters help improve severe weather warnings and more in my recap of the news in amateur space exploration.

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Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Once the only people who had a shot at exploring the Moon worked for Nasa and the other big space agencies. Time and technology have made lunar exploration much less expensive. While you won’t be taking vacations on the Moon any time soon, check out this timeline of crowdfunded lunar projects and see how you can help explore the Moon.

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Mars One Monday - 2014/12/8

Mars One Monday - 2014/12/8

The week's news from Mars One includes university experiments for the 2014 robot lander, media interviews with candidates around the world, the usual media criticism, and Martian news from the pros.

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Team Ursa needs your help to carry student research into space

Team Ursa needs your help to carry student research into space

The part-time rocketeers at Team Ursa are adopting a Silicon Valley approach to make suborbital research easy and affordable for middle school students. But they need your help crowdfunding the construction of their first prototype.

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MilkyWay@home's volunteers rescue the crowdsourced search for dark matter

MilkyWay@home's volunteers rescue the crowdsourced search for dark matter

The MilkyWay@home Project lets more than 160,000 amateur space explorers create a virtual global supercomputer that’s mapping the Milky Way’s invisible dark matter and simulating the Galaxy’ collisions with other galaxies. Now America’s science funding crunch puts MilkyWay@home in jeopardy. Can the crowdsourced project’s volunteer community come to the rescue?

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