Russian spacewalk, asteroid mining from Luxembourg and hacked drones

cosmonauts-wave-russian-eva-41Russian spacewalkers maintain experiments

The duo worked on several experiments on the outside of the space station, including bringing in the European Space Agency’s EXPOSE-R Experiment, which was at the end of its 7-year run. EXPOSE-R housed biological and biochemical samples that were switched out over time to evaluate how they responded to space exposure. Along the same lines, they replaced a cassette container on another experiment that tests how materials are degraded in space over time.

The spacewalkers also took samples from the outside of the International Space Station to check for thruster residue and captured detailed images of the Russian segment’s exterior.

The two cosmonauts’ final tasks included installing two devices called gap spanners, which will help crewmembers move around the space station’s Russian segment on future spacewalks. They also waited until daylight to test a device that can apply a protective thermal control film to the outside of the space station. The film jammed as they tried to apply it to the sample board, so they spent some time trying to un-jam the applicator, racing to finish before night fell over the space station.

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Luxembourg to invest in space-based asteroid mining

The Luxembourg government on Feb. 3 announced it would seek to jump-start an industrial sector to mine asteroid resources in space by creating regulatory and financial incentives. The incentives include co-investment in research and development and, eventually, direct capital investment in space resource-mining companies setting up shop in Luxembourg.

Announced by Vice Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, who is also the nation’s economics minister, the initiative has already lured U.S.-based Deep Space Industries of Mountain View, California, to create a Luxembourg subsidiary. Schneider said other U.S. companies, including SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, and Planetary Resources of Redmond, Washington, are in talks with Luxembourg authorities regarding the Spaceresources.lu venture.

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Did anti-chemtrail hackers break into NASA’s drone?

NASA Global Hawk

It starts with a metaphorical open door. According to files posted on the text sharing website Pastebin by self-proclaimed hackers AnonSec on January 31st (which have since been removed), the hackers used Bitcoin to purchase access to a NASA computer network from another hacker outfit in China.

Upon gaining access to the network, AnonSec found NASA computers with passwords left on the default. From there, they searched for whatever they could find on NASA’s use of drones, and eventually, they say, they tried to crash a drone into the sea. The crash was averted, AnonSec claims, because NASA noticed the deviation from course and corrected it.

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