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Mars One Lander to Carry Uwingu Map to Red Planet

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Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)

Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)

BOULDER, Colorado, March 3, 2014 (Uwingu PR) — Uwingu and the pioneering Mars One project (http://www.mars-­one.com/en/) announce a landmark partnership: All Mars One missions will carry Uwingu’s Mars Map to Mars, and will use these feature names as a part of Mars One’s mission operations at Mars. Additionally, a portion of Uwingu’s revenues generated by Mars feature naming will help fund Mars One missions.

Uwingu launched its Mars Crater Naming Project last week at www.uwingu.com, giving anyone in the public the opportunity to name any of the approximately 500,000 scientifically identified craters on Mars.

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Uwingu Aims to Name 500,000 Craters on Mars

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BOULDER, Colo. (Uwingu PR) — For years, space mission rover teams have taken it upon themselves to name landmarks on Mars.

Beginning today, the public can get involved in Mars exploration much the same way. Through Uwingu’s redesigned web site at www.uwingu.com, now anyone can help to create the Uwingu’s new Mars map, with names for all the approximately 500,000 unnamed but scientifically catalogued craters on Mars.

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Golden Spike Partners With Draper Lab to Conduct Lunar Landing Site Studies

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golden_spike_landerBOULDER, CO, January 22, 2014 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company—the world’s first enterprise planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, corporations and individuals— announced today a partnership with Draper Laboratory to examine the range of landing sites that Golden Spike can offer for its commercial human missions to the Moon.

Draper provides advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) systems, high-performance, reliable space science instruments, and processing systems for NASA and the U.S. military. Draper provided similar landing site selection studies to NASA’s Constellation lunar landing program.

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Golden Spike Forms Lunar Science Advisory Board

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golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO, November 20, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – The Golden Spike Company announced today it has created a Lunar Science Advisory Board to help guide the company’s development of the world’s first private human lunar expedition capability.

The seven inaugural members of the Lunar Science Advisory Board, or LSAB, are distinguished lunar and planetary scientists from around the world. They will provide Golden Spike with scientific expertise and will recommend exploration strategies, sample collection and return requirements, and surface experiment package needs.

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Golden Spike Workshop Addresses Advanced Lunar Mission Concepts

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golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO, October 23, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – A two-day workshop led by Golden Spike—the world’s first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries and corporations around the world—attracted scientists from four continents who proposed exciting new human Moon mission concepts.

The workshop, held at the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute in Houston, Texas, focused on landing sites, sample returns, and aspirations of the international lunar scientific community.

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A Q&A with Golden Spike’s Alan Stern

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Alan Stern

Editor’s Note: The Space Tech Expo, which runs from May 21-23 in Long Beach, Calif., has published the following Q&A with Golden Spike President and CEO Alan Stern.

Dr Alan Stern, planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author, was elected to be the President and CEO of The Golden Spike Company in 2010. Golden Spike, consisting of former NASA engineers, program managers, Agency executives, and others, is a commercial space corporation planning human lunar expeditions. It made news in December 2012 with its proposal to begin launching passenger flights by 2020, costing $1.5 billion each. In this interview with Space Tech Expo, Dr Stern reveals more details about Golden Spike’s ambitions, why it chose to give crowd funding a chance, and why he believes the entertainment industry is key to the development of future space exploration…

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Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell Joins Golden Spike’s Advisory Board

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golden_spike_logBOULDER, CO, May 15, 2013 (Golden Spike PR) – Golden Spike, the first company planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries and corporations around the world, announced today that legendary astronaut and Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell has joined its Board of Advisors.

Capt. Lovell, a former Naval aviator and test pilot, is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lovell is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, was the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and was the first person to fly in space four times.

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Uwingu Announces Winner of Alpha Centauri Planet Naming Contest

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uwingu_artworkBoulder, Colorado (Uwingu PR) — Space company UwinguTM announced the winner of its public engagement contest to solicit and vote on a popular name for the only known planet orbiting the nearest star to the Sun, Alpha Centauri.

The winning name from Uwingu’s competition to select a name for the planet is “Albertus Alauda”. This nomination was entered into Uwingu’s public planet name nomination database last November by Jason Lark, in honor of his late grandfather, Albert Lark. In the citation entered into Uwingu’s database, Lark said, “His name in Latin means Noble or Bright and to praise or extol. I think this is an apt description as my Grandfather was a noble man and bright of character and in this nomination I wish to honour (extol) him.”

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Golden Spike Crowd-Sourcing Campaign Ends Wednesday

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golden_spike_indiegogoThe Golden Spike Company’s Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign is wrapping up tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 24) at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Golden Spike is a private business led by former NASA leaders, space scientists, and space engineers that is going to launch human expeditions to the Moon by 2020.

The company has raised about $16,000 so far, considerably short of its $240,000 goal. However, unlike other crowd-source platforms, Indiegogo gives all funds donated to the organization raising the funds. So, any contribution you can make by midnight tomorrow will count.

This Week on The Space Show

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This week on The Space Show with David Livingston…

1. Monday, March 18, 2013, 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): We welcome DR. CLAUDE PIANTADOSI, professor & director of the F.G. Hall environmental Laboratory at Duke University. We will be discussing Dr. Piantadosi’s new book, “Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration.” See: http://www.amazon.com/Mankind-Beyond-Earth-History-Exploration/dp/0231162421/refonegianlea20.

2. Tuesday, March 19, 2013 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome back JOHN STRICKLAND for the second half of his space discussion from his Jan. 22, 2013 Space Show appearance.

3. Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): No Space Show program today as I am in Billings, MT to moderate an astronaut panel for Rocky Mtn College. The panel participants include Walter Cunningham, Gerald Carr, Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, and Loren Acton. The panel discussion will be 10AM-12PM PDT (11AM-1 PM MDT, 12-2PM CDT & 1-3PM EDT). You can see the panel discussion at http://live.rocky.edu. The live stream audience will not be able to ask questions. It is possible that Rocky Mtn. College will allow The Space Show to archive this program on our Vimeo channel. Details to follow.

4. Sunday, March 3, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST). We welcome back DR. ALAN STERN who will be discussing his new Golden Spike venture. Dr. Stern will be with us for only the first hour. The last part of our program will be open lines for a discussion about Golden Spike & other matters. For those of you wanting to talk to Dr. Stern, you must call early as he can only be with us for the first hour.