It will be a long time before we start supplying raw materials obtained in space to Earth. All plans for space mining are designed to enable future permanent presence of people off planet, says Gordon Wasilewski from the Space Research Centre PAS.
Two teams of students from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, which prepared designs of Martian settlements, have advanced to the world finals of Mars Colony Prize. The students will present their ideas for a self-sustaining Mars colony in California in October.
Two Polish satellites: KRAKsat built by students, and Światowid, the first Polish commercial and observation satellite, left the International Space Station (ISS) a few minutes before 2 PM CET on Wednesday. KRAKsat will carry out innovative tests, and Światowid will monitor the Earth`s surface.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently decided to build the Comet Interceptor probe that will "ambush" an undiscovered comet from the outskirts of the Solar System or another planetary system. For the first time in the history of ESA, the head of one of the mission experiments will be a scientist from Poland.
Exploring Jupiter and its moons is the goal of the JUICE mission of the European Space Agency. Polish scientists, engineers and companies are involved in the work related to the mission. The more than seven years long journey towards the most massive planet in the solar system will begin in 2022.
The National Centre for Nuclear Research will participate in the international project POLAR-2, which will allow to better understand study gamma-ray bursts - evidence of the strongest explosions in the Universe. The tasks of Polish scientists will include preparing electronic systems, the National Centre for Nuclear Research informs.
The Polish start-up SatRevolution wants to launch the observation nanosatellite ScopeSat into orbit. According to the company`s announcement, the satellite will be part of the Real-time Earth observation Constellation (REC). Richard Branson`s company has noticed the potential of REC.