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miningTransastra optical mining of asteroids

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It was previously thought that small asteroids could be placed into a large bag and baked to get out water and other materials. Experiments performed by Transastra show that this would take too long and need too much energy. They …

colonizationExisting technology to mine water and ice on Mars

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Kris Zacny, Mining Water on Mars. From the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California from Aug 23-26, 2018. You have to launch 226 kilograms from Earth for every 1 kilogram of …

agricultureAustralia and Water Innovation

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research. CSIRO works with leading organizations around the world. From its headquarters in Canberra, CSIRO maintains more than 50 sites across Australia …

desertCanada sized Solar and wind farms could make the Sahara Desert green again with double the rain

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A team of scientists has concluded that deploying solar and wind farms across the region that the Sahara encompasses will produce significantly more rain, and therefore, natural vegetation, in the areas that they would exist. In what the study refers …

colonizationShallow Subsurface Ice on Mars

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Jeffrey J. Plaut, NASA Jet Propulsion Scientist, Reviews the Evidence for Shallow Subsurface Ice on Mars. The Marsis and Sharad missions to Mars provide evidence of shallow ground ice that is tens of meters from the surface. The overall average …

astronomyWater ice clouds have been detected on Jupiter

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Researchers using ground-based telescopes have detected the chemical signatures of water deep beneath the surface of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Jupiter is a gas giant that contains more than twice the mass of all of our other planets combined. And …

europeSwedrop Disposable Stormwater filter

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Purifying stormwater, at the source, in the stormwater drain, is the most elegant solution to a growing problem for communities and property. Swedrop is a disposable filter which floats in the standing water of the stormwater drain. The filter extracts …

agricultureWater management is complex and dynamic and requires better understanding and measurement

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Crop irrigation uses 70% of global fresh water extractions. Irrigated crops make up 40% of globally available food calories. Advanced technologies that could provide irrigation efficiency (IE) are funded and supported to improve the crop per drop. This provides private …

asteroidsAsteroid mining for water with a few hundred spacecraft can be profitable

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The maximum distance for asteroid mining 3 million miles (0.03 AU) with current technology. The corresponding delta-V is 437 meters per second. The near earth asteroids that are in range should contain more than one million liters of water. Swarms …

astronomyWater Ice on the moon is definitively confirmed

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There has been directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the …