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  • This Is Why Sending Messages to Aliens Might Be a Good Idea

    Although there’s some fear surrounding the act of sending messages to hypothetical extraterrestrial intelligences, it could be one of the most important things humanity could do — scientifically speaking. Are we alone in the Universe? Humans have been asking that question for centuries, but only in the past few decades have we achieved the ability […] The post This Is Why Sending Messages to Alien...

  • The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

    A little more than 40 years ago, Dubai was a tiny pearl-fishing village lined with dirt roads. Now it’s the largest and most futuristic city in the world, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). From manmade, palm tree-shaped archipelagos to jetpack-wearing firefighters and the world’s tallest building, the city has a reputation for […] The post The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city ...

  • US Air Force Prepping for Historic Minotaur IV Rocket Launch in July

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Tucked inside a mobile service tower here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station‘s Launch Complex 46 sits a trio of Peacekeeper missiles stacked on top of one another. Wrapped in gleaming-white thermal blankets, the inert stages simulate the first three segments of a Minotaur IV rocket that will ferry an experimental […] The post US Air Force Prepping for Historic Minotaur IV R...

  • Mars 2020 Could Return to Where NASA’s Spirit Rover Roamed

    The Columbia Hills region is one of three locations on the Red Planet — along with Jezero Crater and NE Syrtis — that have been identified as leading contenders as landing sites for NASA’s next Mars rover. NASA’s next Mars rover could revisit a spot already explored by the now-dead Spirit rover a decade ago. […] The post Mars 2020 Could Return to Where NASA’s Spirit Rover Roamed appeared first on ...

  • U.K. offering grants for launches from new spaceports in the country

    The British government is offering grants for ventures that want to launch from new spaceports in the country. The UK Space Agency announced the program Thursday that will provide grants worth up to £10 million ($12.5 million) to joint ventures of British launch companies and proposed spaceports. The ventures have to demonstrate that they will […] The post U.K. offering grants for launches from ne...

  • HERE’S WHAT NASA’S EUROPA LANDER COULD LOOK LIKE

    IT’S DESIGNED TO SEARCH FOR LIFE ON JUPITER’S ICY MOON While many of NASA’s current missions are investigating Mars or various asteroids, a mission launching in the 2020s will land somewhere no human-made machine has landed before: Europa, the icy, ocean-filled moon of Jupiter. NASA has been talking about visiting Europa for years now, but […] The post HERE’S WHAT NASA’S EUROPA LANDER COULD LOOK L...

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  • ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ documentary in the works

    It’s finally time to go deep on Deep Space Nine. In the Star Trek universe, Deep Space Nine is not necessarily one of its brightest stars. Not because the show wasn’t as good, interesting or long-lived as the others (it ran seven seasons from 1993-1999), but because it was unlike any Star Trek property that’s […] The post ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ documentary in the works appeared first on Astr...

  • Three decades after Challenger, a soccer ball finally reaches space

    As ever, the world spins, time passes, and things come back around. When Ellison Onizuka made his second flight as a mission specialist aboard space shuttle Challenger in 1986, one of the personal effects he carried with him was a soccer ball signed by members of the Clear Lake High School girls and boys soccer team, where […] The post Three decades after Challenger, a soccer ball finally reaches ...

  • NASA’s Rover Curiosity Reveals Something Weird About Mars’ Ancient Atmosphere

    The mystery of how Mars could have once had water flowing on its surface has deepened — the Red Planet‘s early atmosphere likely possessed hundreds of times less carbon dioxide than needed to keep it warm enough for liquid water to exist. Although Mars is now cold and dry, there are decades of evidence suggesting […] The post NASA’s Rover Curiosity Reveals Something Weird About Mars’ Ancient Atmos...

  • How To Build A Space Suit That’s Actually (Sort Of) Comfortable

    After decades of heavy and cumbersome suits, astronauts are getting an upgrade. No one ever donned a space suit because it was comfy. Quite the opposite—space suits can be terribly uncomfortable because of the layers and layers of material and technological systems that protect astronauts from the cold vacuum of space and the pressure of […] The post How To Build A Space Suit That’s Actually (Sort...

  • Calculating what it would take to park a solar sail at Alpha Centauri

    Breakthrough Starshot is an initiative that hopes to send miniature spaceships on a high-speed jaunt to the Centauri system sometime within the next few decades. Doing that requires the development of a variety of untried technology—and that’s before we get to the issue of sending data back. Still, even if Breakthrough Starshot never gets any […] The post Calculating what it would take to park a s...

  • NASA Highlights Science Launching on Next SpaceX Cargo Mission

    NASA will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 8, to discuss research investigations launching aboard the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. Among the investigations are experiments with potential to fight human disease and a new autonomous spacecraft docking technology for testing. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is […] The post NASA Highl...

  • IF EARTH’S ORBIT IS SO CROWDED, WHY DON’T WE SEE SPACE JUNK IN PHOTOS OF THE EARTH?

    Sometimes, when we post a cool picture of the Earth taken from space,Popular Science gets questions about why, if there’s so much garbage in space, we don’t see an orbital landfill circling our planet in pictures of the Earth. No, it’s not some massive conspiracy, and yes, the space above our planet is getting increasingly […] The post IF EARTH’S ORBIT IS SO CROWDED, WHY DON’T WE SEE SPACE JUNK IN...

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  • Sending Mars Rovers on a ‘Walkabout’ Could Boost Their Science Output

    Rovers have limited time on Mars, so to optimize the science returns, geologists on Earth are devising new strategies for NASA’s rover drivers to find the ripest areas of study. Martian rovers have the incredible advantage of exploring another planet, but the incredible disadvantage of being limited by time. A typical geology expedition on Earth […] The post Sending Mars Rovers on a ‘Walkabout’ Co...

  • SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition finally puts pods in the tube

    Only three out of 27 teams made it to the final round.   “I almost cried the first time it went 50 kilometers per hour.” Marleen van de Kerkhof is part of the Delft Hyperloop team from the Netherlands. It’s been an eventful 12 months for the crew. After qualifying as finalists at the Hyperloop […] The post SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition finally puts pods in the tube appeared first on Astronaut.

  • NASA twins study shows space travel changes body at genetic level

    A NASA study of twin brothers has offered new insights into the stress of space travel on the body — including genetic differences between Scott Kelly, the twin who spent nearly a year in space, and his brother Mark, who stayed on Earth. Preliminary results of NASA’s twin study were released last week, with researchers noting differences […] The post NASA twins study shows space travel changes bod...

  • SpaceX Delays First Flight From NASA Shuttle Launch Pad

    Elon Musk‘s rocket company has bumped a commercial satellite mission until after a scheduled mid-February cargo run to the International Space Station. SpaceX on Sunday bumped this week’s planned launch of an EchoStar communications satellite until after a mid-February cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA, saying it needs more time to get […] The post SpaceX Delays First Flight Fr...

  • Challenger Center Marks 31st Anniversary of Space Shuttle Tragedy

    The Challenger Center, a leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education organization, continues to honor the Challenger crew more than three decades after the shuttle tragedy. Each year, the STEM education organization and its 43 Challenger Learning Centers provide more than 250,000 students with the opportunity to become scientists, engineers, and innovators through unique ed...

  • Private Space Station Coming Soon? Company Aiming for 2020 Launch

    Work is underway to establish the world’s first private, international commercial space station, a complex that would serve a global community of sovereign and private astronauts. The builders of the Axiom International Commercial Space Station aim to enlarge the landscape of low-Earth orbit, to create what they view as a “historic shift” in human spaceflight. […] The post Private Space Station Co...

  • Heat and Ashes: The Untold Story of the Apollo 1 Fire

    Fifty years ago, Henry Rogers stepped off an elevator into an inferno. A quality control inspector at NASA, Rogers had been working during a routine launch simulation test for Apollo 1, the first manned Apollo mission, at Cape Canaveral in Florida. But while he was in the elevator, a fire had broken out in the […] The post Heat and Ashes: The Untold Story of the Apollo 1 Fire appeared first on Ast...

  • BOEING’S NEW SPACESUITS LOOK LIKE A BIG UPGRADE FROM NASA’

    MORE COMFORTABLE, LESS UGLY, AND (HOPEFULLY) JUST AS FUNCTIONAL Some day soon, private companies are expected to take over the task of carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX and Boeing are leading the pack, with their first crewed flights slated to take off in 2018. Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon […] The post BOEING’S NEW SPACESUITS LOOK LIKE A BIG UPG...

  • Tiny Spacecraft Sees Water at Rosetta’s Comet While Stranded in Earth Orbit

    The Japanese PROCYON spacecraft may have gotten stuck in Earth orbit after launch, but it’s been able to do some impressive observations of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from afar. A tiny Japanese spacecraft stranded after a botched engine burn nixed its mission to an asteroid has provided a key measurement of water in the comet that hosted Europe’s […] The post Tiny Spacecraft Sees Water at Rosetta’s...

  • Five finalists will try to land a spacecraft on the Moon this year to win the Google Lunar X Prize

    They have booked rides to space, but they need to launch before December 31st From a group of 16 contestants, five teams are officially moving forward into the final stretch of the Google Lunar X Prize competition — an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the surface of the Moon. To win […] The post Five finalists will try to land a spacecraft on the Moon this year to win ...

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  • NEW EXHIBIT USES AUGMENTED REALITY TO SEND YOU TO MARS

    Earlier this summer, a busload of kids used virtual reality to take a ride on Mars. Now, a new exhibit (and HoloLens headsets) gives visitors a chance to get even closer to the Red Planet. The much-anticipated “Destination: Mars” opened September 19 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida. It features a guided tour of the planet from […] The post NEW EXHIBIT USES AUGMENT...

  • Luxury Space Lab: Chinese Astronauts Get an Upgrade in Space

    Will China be the next space giant? Although it is still far before it can be confirmed, China has proven that they have the means to become one. With the successful launch of their second space lab Tiangong-2 last week, China is all the more confident that they can achieve their ambitious goal. After the […] The post Luxury Space Lab: Chinese Astronauts Get an Upgrade in Space appeared first on A...

  • This NASA Booster Test Is Soothing to Watch

    In this oddly soothing video NASA uploaded yesterday, the space administration tests a booster rocket, a version of which will be used in its new Mars-bound Space Launch System (SLS). The booster is fitted with a piece of foam called a “nozzle plug,” which protects it from heat, dust, and moisture, and is designed to fall apart […] The post This NASA Booster Test Is Soothing to Watch appeared firs...

  • This Gallery Is Selling Vintage NASA Photos Like High Art

    NASA produced these prints for science or souvenirs. Now, they’re objets d’art that sell for thousands. If you were a visiting dignitary to the U.S. in the 1970s, you might have received a printed photograph shot by an astronaut; perhaps the famous Earthrise, the haunting 1968 photo that depicted the Earth from the Moon, printed in […] The post This Gallery Is Selling Vintage NASA Photos Like High...

  • So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? The Insight Mission

    So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? Hello again. Last time out, we looked at 10 factors that showed how diverse our own Solar System is. This time, we’re delving into events as they unfold on Mars. In particular, the InSight mission to study the deep interior of our favorite Red Planet. So, what is the […] The post So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? The Insight Mission appeared first ...

  • Who’s Out There?—Life May Be Rare After All

    I’ve been reading THE VITAL QUESTION by Nick Lane, New York, W. W. Norton, 2015. In this book author Nick Lane, biochemist at University College, London, defines in exacting logic where life may have begun on Earth, why archaea and bacteria got stuck “… at the bacterial level of complexity for more than two billion years,” and […] The post Who’s Out There?—Life May Be Rare After All appeared first...

  • CHINA PLANS TO LAUNCH A LIVE-IN SPACE LAB TOMORROW

    TIANGONG-2 WILL BE HOME TO TWO ASTRONAUTS FOR 30 DAYS In 2011, Congress ruled that China is not allowed on the International Space Station because of “national security” concerns. Undeterred, the People’s Republic decided to build its own. Tiangong-1, which launched in 2011, was the first step in that direction. The unmanned prototype served as […] The post CHINA PLANS TO LAUNCH A LIVE-IN SPACE LA...

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  • The Other First Moon Landing

    On July 20, 1969, NASA made history by landing the first human explorers on the surface of the Moon. This incredible voyage, undertaken by the Apollo 11 crew, is widely regarded as the climactic moment of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. But a decade earlier, in 1959, it was […] The post The Other First Moon Landing appeared first on Astronaut.

  • ASTRONAUT HOPEFULS CAN TOUR NASA’S SPACEWALK TRAINING FACILITY USING VR

    GO UNDERWATER WITH TRAINEES IN 360-DEGREE VR NASA has high standards for who gets to train to be an astronaut–most of us probably couldn’t have made it at our peak physical and mental condition. But thanks to VR recording, you can walk side-by-side with training astronauts and see what the experience is really like. A […] The post ASTRONAUT HOPEFULS CAN TOUR NASA’S SPACEWALK TRAINING FACILITY USIN...

  • Jeff Bezos to launch bigger rocket in race with Musk’s SpaceX

    CAPE CANAVERAL — The rockets Blue Originbuilds and launches on the Space Coast of Florida will be some of the world’s largest, the company announced Monday, while also hinting at plans for eventual moon missions. Jeff Bezos, the billionaire Amazon.com CEO and founder of Seattle-based Blue Origin, revealed new details about the planned orbital rockets, including their name: New Glenn, […] The post ...

  • In The Search For Alien Life, An All-Too-Human Communication Failure

    Procedures for sifting through data to verify findings are necessary in any industry. Astronomers recently discovered their limitations. The scientific community was abuzz recently when it was widely reported that Russian astronomers, along with an Italian researcher, had recorded a signal that was, as of then, unexplained. After looking into what exactly was detected—something from […] The post I...

  • Elon Musk calls SpaceX blast a ‘most difficult, complex failure’

    SpaceX has a backlog of more than 70 launches worth more than $10 billion US SpaceX founder and chief Elon Musk said on Friday he was unsure why one of the company’s Falcon rockets burst into flames on its Florida launch pad last week, destroying both the rocket and an Israeli communications satellite it was due to lift into […] The post Elon Musk calls SpaceX blast a ‘most difficult, complex fail...

  • SECOND ASTEROID IN A MONTH SAILS BY WITHOUT US DETECTING IT FIRST

    DO YOU WANT EXTINCTION? THIS IS HOW YOU GET EXTINCTION. Know what’s really comforting? When a completely unobserved asteroid snuck up on Earth at the end of last month and went whizzing by our planet like a golf ball, without so much as a “Fore!” from any of our detection systems. And it happened this […] The post SECOND ASTEROID IN A MONTH SAILS BY WITHOUT US DETECTING IT FIRST appeared first on ...

  • BLUE ORIGIN WILL LIKELY BLOW UP ITS NEXT ROCKET

    While SpaceX is dealing with the fallout from a rocket that exploded on the launch pad last week, competing spaceflight company Blue Origin may intentionally trigger a rocket explosion next month. Blue Origin plans to test its crew capsule’s abort system in an October launch of the New Shepard rocket. The abort system, installed on […] The post BLUE ORIGIN WILL LIKELY BLOW UP ITS NEXT ROCKET appea...

  • Asteroid probe begins seven-year quest

    The US space agency (Nasa) has launched a mission to retrieve a rock sample from a 500m-wide asteroid called Bennu. Scientists hope the material will reveal details about the formation of the planets, and improve our knowledge of how potentially dangerous space objects move through the Solar System. The probe, dubbed Osiris-Rex, blasted away from […] The post Asteroid probe begins seven-year quest...

  • TOMORROW NIGHT, WATCH OSIRIS-REX BLAST OFF TOWARDS AN ASTEROID

    Tomorrow evening, at 7:05 P.M. (EDT), the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will blast off, headed for the asteroid Bennu. Members of the public are invited to NASA’s Goddard Space Center to celebrate the launch, but if you can’t make it out to Maryland, you can watch the launch live on […] The post TOMORROW NIGHT, WATCH O...

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