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NASA powers up Orion spacecraft for the first time

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Orion will be able to take humans farther than we’ve ever been before, eventually even to Mars.

Construction of the SeaOrbiter slated for spring 2014

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 11:35 PM
by AlexMuller
It has been well over a decade since the SeaOrbiter was first dreamed up. Thirty years of research has gone into the project, and still it does not exist.

NASA may use Spacex to fly astronauts within 4 years

Posted in Business on 19th Nov, 2013 11:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and SpaceX met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low Earth orbit.

NASA launches student-built cubesats into space

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2013 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA’s cubesat Launch Initiative seeks to give college and high school students the chance to get hands-on development in satellite creation.

NASA and Planetary Resources team up for asteroid detection

Posted in Business on 25th Nov, 2013 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
After an asteroid exploded above Russia, scientists have scrambled to put systems in place that could identify such objects in the future.

NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On The Moon

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2013 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon.

This Rover Could Hunt For Lunar Water And Oxygen In 2018

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea is to look for water and similar substances on the lunar surface, with an eye to learn more about living off the land.

How many satellite launches does it take to get to Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 7th Dec, 2013 03:12 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's launch this week leaves a long road to getting humans to other planets.

Mars One will work with Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology for a 2018 robotic mission

Posted in Business on 10th Dec, 2013 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The Mars One Roadmap is to land a crew on Mars in 2025.

NASA says ozone hole stabilizing but won't fully recover until 2070

Posted in Science on 14th Dec, 2013 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
The assessment comes two decades after the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that banned chlorofluorocarbons and other compounds that deplete the ozone layer.

Water seems to flow freely on Mars

Posted in Science on 17th Dec, 2013 04:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Dark streaks that hint at seasonally flowing water have been spotted near the equator of Mars. The potentially habitable oases are enticing targets for research.

If Redstone’s tech is real, we’ll have cheap and ultrafast wireless Internet everywhere

Posted in Software on 21st Dec, 2013 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
Redstone claims it can deliver extremely fast, gigabit wireless Internet access.

Astronomers discover first exomoon

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2013 05:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Now, scientists believe they have found the first exomoon about 1,800 light years away from Earth.

Ozone hole still needs over 50 years to heal

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2013 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
The Earth’s ozone layer is important because it filters out much of the sun’s harmful UV radiation. Without it, we humans would fry.

NASA's Plan To Deal With Pesky Moon Dust

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2013 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Moon dust is dangerous. Each mote is like a tiny shard of glass, there’s no wind or rain to soften the edges of lunar soil.

China's Yutu Moon rover pictured from orbit by Nasa satellite

Posted in Hardware on 31st Dec, 2013 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
An American satellite has pictured the Chinese Yutu rover on the surface of the Moon.

Mars One Narrows List Of Wannabe Martians For 2025 Colony

Posted in Science on 3rd Jan, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A private company hoping to populate Mars has narrowed its applicant pool by 99.5 percent.

International Space Station life 'to be extended'

Posted in Hardware on 9th Jan, 2014 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has won White House backing to extend the life of the International Space Station for a further four years, until 2024.

Nasa looking for 'taxi firm' to replace Russian rockets

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The Obama administration is looking for a company to run shuttle taxi services from US soil, to end Nasa's dependence on the Russian Soyuz rocket.

Mars mystery rock that "appeared" from nowhere is "like nothing we’ve ever seen before"

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts said they were “completely confused” by both the origins and makeup of the object.

NASA calls for commercial partners on robotic lunar lander initiative

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
With China successfully landing a rover on the Moon, there’s been speculation as to whether a new space race between China and the United States will start soon.

NASA wants commercial lunar landers

Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA understands that the future of space exploration now means partnering with private companies.

PlanetTechNews Interviews Anish Mohammed, Singularity University Alumnus

Posted in Interviews on 7th Feb, 2014 05:32 AM
by AlexMuller
PlanetTechNews interviews Anish Mohammed on his experiences at the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program 2013.

Bigelow offers affordable space and lunar habitats for NASA and possible commercial use

Posted in Hardware on 9th Feb, 2014 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Cost effective habitats and transportation systems are key to America’s space explorations ambitions throughout the solar system.

$600M planet hunting space telescope Kepler comes back online

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2014 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Space telescope Kepler is once again able to resume finding new planets outside our own solar system.

NASA wants to help private companies mine the moon

Posted in Business on 12th Feb, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
To keep its gaze focused on the stars, NASA has had to change up its game of late. Private corporations, rather than NASA itself, now resupply the International Space Station.

DARPA's XS-1 hypersonic spaceplane to fly by 2017

Posted in Hardware on 13th Feb, 2014 04:23 AM
by AlexMuller
The XS-1 (short for eXperimental Spaceplane) will be capable of multiple return flights to space, deploying satellites and the like at least 10 times a year.

How NASA’s Plan to Capture an Asteroid is Crucial to Human Survival

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2014 03:29 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has committed to an operation in which they will grab an asteroid and put it into lunar orbit in the 2020s.

Kepler demonstrates that it can still detect planets

Posted in Hardware on 20th Feb, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Last year, it looked as though the Kepler space probe had nothing to look forward to but the scrap heap.

NASA plans to go fishing for asteroids with harpoon-like spacecraft

Posted in Hardware on 24th Feb, 2014 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Landing spacecraft on asteroids is a delicate, precise process. Harpooning, on the other hand, is the work of an instant.

SpaceX Adds Landing Legs to Falcon 9 Rocket for Next Launch

Posted in Hardware on 26th Feb, 2014 04:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Putting landing legs on the Falcon 9 rocket, which is slated to blast off on March 16, marks another step in SpaceX's quest to develop a fully reusable launch system.

A Fleet of Toaster Sized Satellites Will Orbit Earth to Provide Near Real Time Surveillance

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Mar, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
In early January, Planet Labs sent 28 satellites to the international space station; earlier this month, NASA began deploying them into orbit.

Spacex Falcon Heavy launch delayed to 2015

Posted in Hardware on 6th Mar, 2014 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX founder, CEO Elon Musk says the company's production schedule is too tight to support a test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket in 2014.

Elon Musk tells Congress: Space would be cheaper if the gov’t supported competition

Posted in Business on 8th Mar, 2014 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk testified before the U.S. Senate with harsh words about the artificially inflated cost of launching spacecraft.

Nasa seeks coders to hunt asteroids

Posted in Software on 12th Mar, 2014 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
US space agency Nasa is seeking coders who could help prevent a global catastrophe by identifying asteroids that may crash into Earth.

In three weeks, Spacex could demonstrate the first reusable rocket booster and pave the way to radically cheaper spaceflight

Posted in Hardware on 16th Mar, 2014 01:08 AM
by AlexMuller
For now, a water landing will ensure maximum safety in case the rocket goes off course.

NASA-funded study: industrial civilization headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system.

NASA’s new flower-shaped spaceship will take real photos of alien planets

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2014 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept for a new sunflower-shaped spaceship that will take actual photographs of planets outside our solar system.

SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 mission launch scrubbed again

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2014 01:50 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has once again been scrubbed. NASA confirmed that the launch of the cargo ship has been delayed.

NASA's LADEE spacecraft to impact Moon

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2014 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
LADEE has been sending back data with the aim of providing scientists with a better understanding of the dust and tenuous atmosphere around the Moon.

NASA's Robonaut Legs Headed for International Space Station

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is sending a set of high-tech legs up to the International Space Station for Robonaut 2, the station's robotic crewmember.

SpaceX stands down Falcon launch

Posted in Hardware on 15th Apr, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX was forced on Monday to postpone its latest commercial cargo re-supply mission to the space station.

NASA to conduct unprecedented twin experiment

Posted in Medicine on 16th Apr, 2014 04:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Consider a pair of brothers, identical twins. One gets a job as an astronaut and rockets into space. The other gets a job as an astronaut, too, but on this occasion he decides to stay home.

SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch

Posted in Hardware on 20th Apr, 2014 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon 9 rocket would sprout legs just prior to water impact for the controlled soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

NASA crashes spacecraft into moon at 3,600 mph

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA leaves some more debris on the lunar surface by intentionally crashing a spacecraft.

NASA: The Only Thing Stopping a City-Destroying Asteroid is Blind Luck

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2014 12:23 AM
by AlexMuller
The odds of a large-scale asteroid impact are actually three to ten times higher than we thought.

NASA outlines the path for getting humans to Mars

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2014 01:23 AM
by AlexMuller
This new plan outlines what steps we’ll take on the path to human exploration on Mars, making it a reality within the next 15 to 20 years.

SpaceX to U.S. Air Force: Let us bid for military launch contracts

Posted in Hardware on 26th Apr, 2014 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
If we’re good enough for NASA, we’re good enough for you...

Can Elon Musk and Spacex Take Space Travel From Evolutionary To Revolutionary?

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2014 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon 9, built by SpaceX, and its progeny may revolutionize space travel, at least, that’s the hope.

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover starts drilling again

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2014 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
It is almost a year since Curiosity last turned its drill on Mars.

NASA announces partners for lunar lander program

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2014 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has announced the selection of three US companies to develop a lunar lander to deliver payloads to the Moon’s surface.

SpaceX granted injunction in rocket launch suit against government

Posted in Hardware on 2nd May, 2014 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
A U.S. Court judge issued an injunction prohibiting a joint venture between Lockheed and Boeing from proceeding with plans to buy Russian-made rocket engines.

NASA wants to plant a garden on Mars by 2021

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2014 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Dubbed the Mars Plant Experiment (MPX), NASA would like to see if it could get a few flowers to grow while subjected to Martian radiation.

$17.9-billion funding plan for NASA would boost planetary science

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Advocates of space exploration say the funding proposal is notable for a significant increase in support for planetary science.

Russia's New Space Sanctions Mean SpaceX Is About to Get Paid

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The current announcement is a promise to stop working with the US six years from now.

Curiosity Took 65 Bacteria Species On Trip To Mars

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2014 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
It's not known whether any of those Earthly critters survived the journey to Mars.

Russian Bluster Aside, What Will Become Of The ISS?

Posted in Business on 20th May, 2014 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's recent threat to leave the space station by 2020 was in fact the original plan.

Construction of New Mars Lander Approved for 2016 Mission

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2014 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and its international partners have been given the green light to begin construction on a new Mars lander to be launched in 2016.

SpaceX is about to unveil its 'alien' spacecraft, the Dragon

Posted in Hardware on 25th May, 2014 04:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Private spacecraft maker SpaceX has announced plans to show off its latest collaboration with NASA.

A US Senate Panel Just Set Aside £59.4 Million to Build a Putin-Free Rocket

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Could the budgetary shot in the arm the US space program so desperately needs come from rising tensions between Russia and the US?

Wireless broadband can reach the moon, and maybe Mars

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Thanks to a group of researches from MIT and NASA, this kind of connectivity could be within the realms of possibility.

NASA Plans To Send People To Mars By 2035

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2014 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has recommitted itself to landing humans on Mars by 2035, but has admitted that this is a project that will require the world to work together.

NASA clears 3D printer for use on the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts will soon be 3D printing parts they might need up on the International Space Station, after NASA cleared a custom-built machine as being fit for purpose.

Spacex Dragon could land on Mars with a mission under the NASA Discovery Program

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
One of NASAs long standing interests has been to robotically drill deeply into Mars' subsurface environment.

NASA scientists look ahead to Orion's maiden flight

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
With the launch date of the Orion next-generation spacecraft approaching fast, NASA scientists have set out what they hope to learn from its maiden launch.

A private Mars mission intends to get samples of Mars rock before NASA does

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2014 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has a plan to get us to Mars, but even getting samples of rocks back from the red planet could take decades.

NASA's deep-space craft readying for launch

Posted in Hardware on 28th Jun, 2014 03:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Three long years after the Space Shuttle's retirement, NASA's successor is almost ready to make an entrance.

Students will send time capsule to Mars

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A group of students want to greet the first Mars human colonists with a time capsule by collecting photos, videos, audio clips, and messages to send to the planet by 2017.

Satellite Images Show Massive Reduction In US Air Pollution

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Air pollution is still a problem, especially worldwide, but these images show things have recently improved in the US.

NASA has nothing on these moon-bound robots

Posted in Science on 30th Jun, 2014 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Space startup Astrobotic Technology stands a golden chance of taking home the coveted Google Lunar XPrize when it begins sending robots to the moon.

Nasa 'flying saucer' tests Mars tech

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2014 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
A US space agency (NASA) experiment on Saturday to test future Mars landing technologies proved largely successful.

From India, Proof That a Trip to Mars Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2014 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
India’s recent launch of a spacecraft to Mars was a remarkable feat, but the $75 million mission’s thrifty approach is getting all the attention.

NASA launches carbon dioxide observer

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Jul, 2014 11:00 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space.

NASA Asteroid Initiative Funds 20 Companies To Capture Asteroid And Bring To The Moon

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2014 04:23 AM
by AlexMuller
$4.9 million dollars for the Asteroid Initiative with the goal of capturing and bringing an asteroid to Earth’s moon.

NASA OK’s spending on a new rocket built for deep space exploration

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The Space Launch System project will take us back to the moon, to mars, and even beyond.

NASA equips space robots with smartphones for the International Space Station

Posted in Software on 9th Jul, 2014 01:39 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA plans to send Google's 3D smartphones into space to function as the "eyes and brains" of free-flying robots inside the Space Station.

Elon Musk's Futuristic Spaceport Is Coming to Texas

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2014 09:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk’s industrial empire continues it methodical expansion.

SpaceX has a successful launch and should have Expendable Launch Vehicle certification by the end of 2014

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jul, 2014 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX successfully carried a half-dozen Orbcomm satellites into space on Monday.

NASA thinks that the moon's underground caves and tunnels could one day house astronauts

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2014 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
A habitat placed in a pit would provide a very safe location.

The future of space: Will we see a new space race?

Posted in Business on 23rd Jul, 2014 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
US Eyes Asteroids as Other Nations Shoot for the Moon.

NASA seeks commercial satellites to talk to Mars

Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2014 04:41 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is investigating using private satellites to provide communications into the 2020s between Earth and the fleet of exploration probes operating on and around Mars.

NASA begins to plan successor to the Hubble and James Webb deep space telescopes

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jul, 2014 05:05 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is striving to continue to advance our knowledge, and peer deeper into the cosmos.

Solar storm in 2012 nearly 'knocked modern civilization back to the 18th century'

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2014 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years.

Glow in Space is Evidence of A Hot Bubble in Our Galaxy

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2014 02:53 AM
by AlexMuller
University of Miami scientist led a NASA rocket mission to measure the diffuse X-ray background in space, revealing a “local hot bubble”

Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Either the results are completely wrong, or NASA has confirmed a major breakthrough in space propulsion.

Mars 2020 rover will pave the way for future manned missions

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Nasa's next Martian rover will attempt to make oxygen on the surface of the red planet when it lands there in 2021.

Mars Opportunity Rover sets off-world driving record

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has taken the record for the greatest distance traveled on another planetary body.

SpaceX to build its first commercial spaceport in Texas

Posted in Business on 6th Aug, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX expects to launch 12 orbital rockets per year.

Google helps 'citizen scientist' group recover data from abandoned NASA satellite

Posted in Hardware on 10th Aug, 2014 01:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Skycorp managed to resurrect a zombie satellite that had been decommissioned due to NASA’s meager budget.

First-ever 3D-printed space telescopes nearing completion

Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2014 03:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Telescopes are very simple devices in theory, but getting one to work in space means a complex assembly of mechanical parts

NASA will send a system to extract oxygen from the Mars Atmosphere in 2020

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA plans to make oxygen, a central ingredient of rocket fuel, on Mars early in the next decade.

NASA is Working on Origami Solar Arrays That Unfurls in Space

Posted in Hardware on 18th Aug, 2014 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Solar panels are shaped with maximum surface area to catch as many rays as possible, but flat disks are not aerodynamic on the trip to space. A solution is to get clever with geometry.

Could tensions over Ukraine hit space?

Posted in Business on 19th Aug, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
The space race was a time of rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union, but could divisions form in space again?

NASA Study Finds Arctic Ice Reduced by Half in Some Areas

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2014 01:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Springtime snow on Arctic sea ice has thinned dramatically in the last 50 years, up to about half in some areas.

SpaceX raising $200M in funding at $10 billion valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Aug, 2014 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The company that Elon Musk hopes will carry him to Mars has been making big strides in recent months, winning contracts to provide the rockets that ferry satellites into space.

Ozone-Depleting Compound Persists, NASA Research Shows

Posted in Science on 21st Aug, 2014 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

SpaceX Rocket explodes after launch

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Aug, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk: "Three engine F9R Dev1 vehicle auto-terminated during test flight. No injuries or near injuries. Rockets are tricky"

NASA satellite set to help farmers combat drought

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Aug, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA is set to launch a new satellite with the capacity to measure soil moisture on a global scale.

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal with Australian firm

Posted in Hardware on 27th Aug, 2014 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
US defence giant Lockheed Martin has struck a deal with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage satellites.

NASA Approves Construction of the World's Most Powerful Rocket

Posted in Hardware on 29th Aug, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
For all the otherworldly space vehicle concepts that NASA engineers dream up, only a small percentage of them ever make it off the drawing board and onto the production line.

NASA: Asteroid 2014 RC to safely fly past Earth

Posted in Science on 7th Sep, 2014 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The asteroid will be about one-tenth of the distance from Earth to the moon.

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

Posted in Science on 10th Sep, 2014 08:19 PM
by AlexMuller
That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.

Curiosity reaches Mount Sharp

Posted in Science on 13th Sep, 2014 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Mount Sharp will be the centerpiece of a new program of study to locate areas which could or once could have supported microbial life on Mars.

ESA's "fly-eye" telescope to watch for Earth-threatening asteroids

Posted in Hardware on 13th Sep, 2014 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The Flyeye telescope is designed to detect asteroids that pose a potential hazard to Earth.

Spaceship Earth Grants competition offers chance of a trip into space

Posted in Business on 17th Sep, 2014 07:26 PM
by AlexMuller
This program aims to be a crowd-driven effort to send citizens into space.

NASA chooses Boeing & SpaceX to transport human crew on space missions

Posted in Hardware on 17th Sep, 2014 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
New contracts worth $6.8 billion for Boeing and SpaceX to build spacecrafts, rockets, and the like for NASA’s commercial crew program.

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft prepares for orbital insertion

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Achieving a stable orbit around the Red Planet would be the culmination of a 10-month voyage, during which the robotic explorer traveled 442 million miles.

Company that Made Space Station's 3D Printer Now Working on Printing with Moon Dust

Posted in Science on 24th Sep, 2014 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
An era in which we manufacture what we need when we need it in orbit, deep space, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

India's Mars satellite 'Mangalyaan' sends first images

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2014 06:14 PM
by AlexMuller
India's space agency has released its first picture of Mars, taken by its satellite which entered orbit around the Red Planet on Wednesday.

Curiosity Mars rover drills into base of Mount Sharp

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2014 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers hope the chemistry of the rocks at the base of this mountain will reveal new details about the environmental history of Mars.

Runner-Up In NASA's Space Taxi Contest Will Fight Decision

Posted in Science on 30th Sep, 2014 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Will NASA be required to fund the Dream Chaser?

Sierra Nevada Protest Halts Production Of SpaceX And Boeing Space Taxis

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2014 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) isn’t going down without a fight; and it looks like they’re taking their competitors down with them.

Are we alone in the universe?

Posted in Science on 10th Oct, 2014 08:40 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA invests $50 million in 7 astrobiology research groups to answer the all-important question.

Late Bloomer Galaxies Help Us Understand Star Formation

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study details why some galaxies appear to produce stars at a much slower rate compared to others.

Suspended Animation In Space Travel: What Scientists Still Need To Learn

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Human hibernation could be a great way to get to Mars (and beyond), but a few big questions remain.

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within shadowed craters on Mercury.

The Space Station Is Getting A UPS-Style Shipping Service

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2014 08:21 PM
by AlexMuller
A new vehicle design could enable same-day shipping from the ISS to Earth, making science experiements in microgravity cheaper and easier.

Bigger Than The Saturn V, Bound for Deep Space

Posted in Hardware on 19th Oct, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Part space shuttle, part Apollo era rocket, the Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket ever built. Will it be the best?

MAVEN spacecraft provides look at Martian upper atmosphere

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2014 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
MAVEN’s main mission is to study the effect of the Sun on the Martian atmosphere and has hit the ground running.

NASA looks to SpaceX for Mars landing tips

Posted in Science on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The powered landing capability of SpaceX's Falcon 9 makes it a good test bed for studying how to land on Mars

Will cosmic rays threaten Mars One, and other deep-space astronaut projects?

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Crewed missions to Mars such as Mars One may face dangerous levels of cosmic rays (energetic particles), according to a new paper.

NASA seeks proposals for deep space missions

Posted in Science on 1st Nov, 2014 08:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The proposals are designed to support NASA's deep space missions, such as that which Orion will carry out.

NASA Hopes to Test Mining Moon Water for Future Manned Missions

Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Two proposed missions would scour the moon’s upper crust for deposits of ice that may support moon bases.

NASA and Lockheed Martin Say That the Orion Spacecraft is Complete

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft.

Google's Planetary Ventures to lease former NASA airfield for space research

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's latest "moonshot" is an apt one; it is investing in a NASA-owned airfield to expand research into space exploration and robotics.

Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission gets green light for development

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2014 06:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The orbital mission aims to study the effects of the lower atmosphere on the ionosphere and its impact on the Earth’s surface.

China plans Mars mission For 2020, a new space race could be heating up

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2014 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Most people assume that if and when humans do land on Mars, it will be with a NASA logo on their arm. You might want to think again.

Europe signs on to NASA's manned Orion venture

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2014 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency and Airbus have signed a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.

Lockheed Martin begins Insight Mars lander final assembly

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2014 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Scheduled to launch in 2016, the unmanned InSight probe will be the first deep-drilling mission sent to the Red Planet.

NASA Wants To Launch Tiny Moon Satellites On Its Next-Generation Rocket

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Atop the SLS rocket will be a suite of CubeSats that will explore the Moon as Orion makes its journey to our closest celestial neighbor.

Orion 'Mars ship' launch postponed

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 02:53 AM
by AlexMuller
The first test flight of the US space agency's Orion "Mars ship" has been postponed, amid technical issues.

Orion splashes down

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 10:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Another chapter in the history of spaceflight was written today as the EFT-1 mission ended with the splashdown of the Orion capsule off the coast of California.

Orion is a Triumph. Let's Not Waste It

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2014 09:51 PM
by AlexMuller
The current plan is to lasso a small asteroid with a robotic ship and put it in orbit around the moon.

Curiosity Mars rover 'solves mountain riddle'

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2014 09:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists working on NASA's Curiosity rover think they can now explain why there is a huge mountain at the robot's landing site in Mars's Gale Crater.

With a blown up rocket, Orbital Sciences hitches a ride to space

Posted in Science on 13th Dec, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
The Atlas V has a greater lift capacity than that of the out-of-commission Antares, meaning the Cygnus can carry nearly 35 percent more cargo.

NASA's Curiosity rover has detected methane on Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2014 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Methane on the Red Planet is intriguing because here on Earth, 95% of the gas comes from microbial organisms.

Organic matter detected on Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Curiosity rover has made definitive detection of organic molecules, but there’s not enough evidence to tell if it came from ancient Martian life or from a non-biological process.

NASA emails a 3D printed spanner to the International Space Station

Posted in Hardware on 19th Dec, 2014 10:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

More on the search for possible life on Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere and detected other organic molecules in a rock sample collected by the robotic drill.

Kepler proves it can still find planets

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries.

MAVEN uncovers secrets of Martian atmosphere loss

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2014 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars is regarded as the most Earth-like of the planets in the Solar System, but its atmosphere is only 0.6 percent as dense as Earth's and is constantly leaking into space.

2014: It's been a busy year in space

Posted in Science on 26th Dec, 2014 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
In a mixture of triumph and tragedy, space exploration reached new horizons, tested new technologies, and pushed the limits of possibility.

NASA approves first SpaceX milestone for Crew Dragon

Posted in Hardware on 26th Dec, 2014 04:26 PM
by AlexMuller
If you want to fly to the International Space Station, you're only option is to hitch a lift on Russia's 1970s-vintage Soyuz space capsules. That may not be the case for much longer.

Starscraper aims for a cheap suborbital rocket to take payloads to the edge of space

Posted in Hardware on 30th Dec, 2014 10:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The International Space Station (ISS) may get all the glory, but suborbital rocket flights still play a vital part in space research.

4 ways spacefaring microbes could mess with the solar system

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2014 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
When scientists launch a spacecraft into space, they are also sending thousands of bacteria along with it.

NASA to hack the Mars rover Opportunity in order to fix 'amnesia' fault

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2015 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Opportunity, which has been exploring Mars for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems.

NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2015 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Inflatable heat shields could help spacecraft reach the high-altitude southern plains of Mars and other areas that would otherwise be inaccessible under existing technology.

Sandstone structures on Mars look much like structures created by microbes on Earth

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The early history of Mars seems to have been very similar to that of Earth, especially with respect to the ancient hydrosphere.

American independence in space by 2017

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2015 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
The awarding of NASA's most recent Commercial Crew Program contract will see an end to America's reliance on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

SpaceX capsule docks with the International Space Station

Posted in Business on 13th Jan, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The privately built Dragon capsule has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) carrying a much needed cargo of supplies.

Astronauts return to American section of ISS following suspected ammonia leak

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2015 07:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts took shelter in Russian compartments of the ISS as operators attempted to discern if the alarm was a toxic leak.

NASA Rockets Set to Explore the Aurora Borealis

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2015 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The northern lights are caused when particles flowing from the sun are caught up in the Earth's magnetic field.

Should we use helicopter drones to fly across Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Jan, 2015 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept for an unmanned helicopter to fly through the skies of Mars.

Ion thrusters are redrawing the boundaries for space exploration

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jan, 2015 04:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The Dawn spacecraft could change the shape and scope of future missions.

SpaceX and Boeing should fly manned crews to the space station starting in 2017

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jan, 2015 01:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Spacecraft testing and increasingly complex flights will pave the way for missions during the next few years to the International Space Station.

NASA successfully launches SMAP satellite

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2015 06:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The maps generated will grant us an improved ability to forecast droughts, floods, and even aid agricultural workers in crop planning and rotation.

Obama seeks to raise NASA funding

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The president calls once again for a big jump in funding for the commercial program that aims to get America launching its own astronauts again.

NASA confirms results for 'impossible' space drive that uses no rocket fuel

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2015 10:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Using microwaves, the device seemed to exert a minute but measurable degree of thrust when mounted on a pendulum in a vacuum chamber.

U.S. Droughts Will Be the Worst in 1,000 Years

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2015 05:58 PM
by AlexMuller
A new analysis released today says the drying will be even more extreme than previously predicted.

NASA is making parking spots on the space station for commercial space taxis

Posted in Hardware on 20th Feb, 2015 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The International Space Station is getting a makeover starting this week.

The Search for Life on Mars Could Be Dooming Itself by Accident

Posted in Science on 22nd Feb, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
When Curiosity goes looking for organic molecules, it vaporises rock and sniffs the gas that comes out. The plan could be going awry due to a mineral called jarosite.

The first people on Mars could be in for a serious case of jet lag

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Sleep scientists now worry that our Earthly circadian rhythms could be one more major headache for the first humans on Mars.

Data can be analysed to determine the composition of clouds on exoplanets

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2015 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Data from Kepler space observatory can be used to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets.

NASA finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2015 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A huge primitive ocean once covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say.

NASA teams up with smartglasses maker on augmented reality goggles for space missions

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2015 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts could one day get access to advanced computing and visualization technologies via smartglasses.

The inflatable space age

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2015 02:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Robert Bigelow and his dream of inflatable balloon space stations.

NASA Has Launched a Satellite Mission Into the Magnetosphere

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2015 02:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The Atlas V rocket carries with it four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft that will spend two years studying the magnetic fields between the Earth and the Sun.

Lockheed Martin previews next generation space cargo ships

Posted in Hardware on 15th Mar, 2015 05:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Lockheed Martin has provided a glimpse at the next generation of commercial spacecraft.

Scientists fly kites on Earth to study Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A kite, equipped with off-the-shelf instruments such as a camera, a GPS, and orientation sensors, can scan the terrain from high above.

California Has Only One Year of Water Left, Warns NASA Scientist

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2015 11:29 AM
by AlexMuller
California is in the midst of the worst drought the region has seen in a millennium, which is rapidly depleting its water supply.

Best views yet of Mercury's ice-filled craters

Posted in Science on 18th Mar, 2015 04:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have obtained the most detailed views yet of ice deposits inside the permanently shadowed craters at Mercury's north pole.

'Northern lights' auroras observed on Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A NASA spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet has detected a mysterious aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.

Possible fatty acid detected on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A fatty acid might be among the molecules discovered on Mars by Curiosity. However, it's not possible yet to determine if the compound has a biological or non-biological origin.

It is probable that exoplanets are in the habitable zone around most stars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Billions of the stars in the Milky Way will have one to three planets in the habitable zone, where life could exist.

Arctic Sea Ice Hit a Forty-Year Low This Winter

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 10:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The maximum extent of Arctic sea ice occurred early this year, and, at 5.61 million square miles, was the smallest in four decades.

'Space Twins' In One-Of-A-Kind Experiment

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2015 12:51 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA will monitor the bodies of Scott Kelly, on the International Space Station, and his brother Mark, who will stay on Earth.

Aurora shift confirms Ganymede has an ocean

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2015 01:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Shifts in Ganymede’s version of the Northern Lights suggest that a saltwater ocean lurks beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s largest moon.

Martian Microbes Could Be Eating Carbon Monoxide From the Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2015 08:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Good news for the possibility of life on Mars.

NASA aims to capture and bring back an asteroid boulder by 2025

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
In 10 years, our moon many get a tiny new moon.

Dark matter even darker than once thought

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
The results show that dark matter interacts with itself even less than previously thought, and narrows down the options for what this mysterious substance might be.

Successful liftoff for NASA’s longest-ever manned mission

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 08:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko began their year-long stay in space on Friday as they headed for the International Space Station.

Russia wants to build a replacement for the Space Station, but NASA is looking to Mars

Posted in Business on 30th Mar, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's Roscosmos space agency claimed that it is working with NASA on a replacement for the International Space Station.

NASA Selects Companies to Develop Super-Fast Engine

Posted in Hardware on 4th Apr, 2015 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA announced it will partner with companies to create more advanced space technology, including a new engine that could get humans to Mars in less than 40 days.

For 50 Years Now, the US Has Had a Nuclear Reactor Orbiting the Planet

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2015 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Half a century ago, a rocket carried the US’s only (known) space nuclear reactor, SNAP-10A, which has been circling the Earth ever since.

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:36 PM
by AlexMuller
"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years."

Extra terrestrial life in our solar system?

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
At least ten planets, moons and dwarf planets have liquid oceans in our solar system and they may have at least microbial life.

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2015 01:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point, allowing brine to form.

Putin Says Russia Will Build Its Own Space Station by 2023

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 05:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Putin said his country is planning to create its own orbital space station by 2023, just as the operational life of the current International Space Station is due to wind down.

Most powerful space telescope ever to launch in 2018

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2015 04:42 PM
by AlexMuller
As the Hubble Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA is building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before.

NASA assembles unprecedented scientific team to find out if we are all alone

Posted in Science on 22nd Apr, 2015 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA wants to find life outside the solar system and are launching an interdisciplinary effort to search for extraterrestrial life.

Should We Arm the International Space Station With Lasers to Destroy Space Junk?

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Space junk, traveling up to 10 times the speed of a bullet, endangers spacecraft, and it is very hard to remove.

The search for more Earth-like planets ramps up

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A new collaboration aims to bring separate telescopes together into a family, united by the single goal of seeking habitable worlds.

Is NASA one step closer to electromagnetic drive?

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2015 08:41 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA is reportedly working on technology that could take us to the moon faster than a cross-country flight.

Radiation in space may change astronauts' brain structure

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2015 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
This could be bad news for future trips to Mars.

Proposed US Legislation to Make Space Settlement a National Goal

Posted in Business on 4th May, 2015 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Legislation that a congressman plans to introduce in the future would make space settlement a national goal and require NASA to take action to support it.

Russia's lost cargo spacecraft will fall to Earth in 2 weeks and burn up in the atmosphere

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2015 07:10 PM
by AlexMuller
No one can establish a clear line of communication with the cargo ship.

SpaceX tests launch abort system

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2015 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has put its Dragon astronaut capsule through a practice abort. The demonstration simulated what would happen to the crewship in the event of a rocket failure.

Here's How We'll Terraform Mars With Microbes

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Could our planet's toughest microbes change the face of Mars?

NASA Putting Out a 'Journey To Mars Challenge' to the public

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2015 11:21 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has launched the 'Journey to Mars Challenge' asking the public for their ideas for maintaining a crew on Mars. Three winners will be awarded $5,000.

Dawn Spacecraft Images Reveal 'Ice Rinks' on Ceres

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2015 09:17 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has glimpsed mysterious, highly reflective bright spots dotting the surface of Ceres. No one yet knows what exactly they are or how they got there.

US Air Force should certify SpaceX Falcon 9 by June 2015 and nearly halve the cost of launches

Posted in Hardware on 14th May, 2015 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Once certified, SpaceX can compete for national security space launches against United Launch Alliance that has a monopoly.

NASA's Space Launch System enters its critical design review phase

Posted in Hardware on 14th May, 2015 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
SLS has entered its critical design review, which will see the rocket given the go-ahead for full-scale construction.

How Long Can You Stay in Space, and What Happens if You Stay Too Long?

Posted in Science on 15th May, 2015 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Every crew that resides on the International Space Station provides us with information that we use to extend that period of time.

Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2015 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Laser power is still a long way from being ready for any kind of planetary exploration, but this first test confirms that it works.

SpaceX Falcon 9 certified for medium risk NASA launches

Posted in Hardware on 18th May, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has been certified by NASA for Falcon 9 rockets to carryout Category 2 space missions. These are 'medium risk' launches such as satellites and less expensive space probes.

How Planet Hunters are Going to Find the Next Earth With Space Telescopes

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2015 09:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Twenty years ago, discovering another Earth sounded like a science fictional dream. But astronomers now believe we might do just that.

NASA challenges makers to design 3D printed habitats for deep-space exploration

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2015 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
A new $2.25 million competition, the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, to design and build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration.

Boeing is NASA's first pick for manned ISS flights

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is bringing human spaceflight back to the US. The agency has ordered its first crew mission from Boeing, which will involve ferrying astronauts to the Space Station.

NASA Chief Wants to Cut Mars Travel Time in Half

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Getting astronauts to Mars will take all the expertise the US can muster, including advanced propulsion technologies such as solar electric engines and perhaps even nuclear rockets.

NASA to send 'flying saucer' to edge of space

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is trying to make progress toward a manned mission to Mars and, to that end, they are testing a cutting-edge spacecraft breaking system.

Japan wants to dig up the dirt on Martian moons

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
JAXA thinks the mission could launch by 2022. If it gets off the ground, the spacecraft would be the first to land on a Martian moon.

NASA will launch two interplanetary cubesats in 2016

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space.They will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.

Dust Cloud Helps to Explain a 50-Year Moon Mystery

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Viewed before sunrise, part of the Moon's horizon seems to glow. But because the moon has barely any atmosphere, there's seemingly nothing that could be doing the glowing.

Satellites are showing how bad Earth's water supply problem is getting

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
In a water-scarce society, we can no longer tolerate this level of uncertainty, especially since groundwater is disappearing so rapidly.

What It Will Take for Humans to Live on the Moon?

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2015 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The last time we put a human on the moon was 1972, over four decades ago.

China develops its plans to become the leader in space technology

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jun, 2015 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
While NASA and private corporations such as SpaceX get much of the attention in the US, China is showing off its plans to become the leading space power.

Crater reveals Mars probably had water within last million years

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2015 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have long been searching for water on Mars, and now new research suggests that watery debris flowed in one of its craters as recently as a million years ago.

Unmanned SpaceX rocket explodes after Florida launch

Posted in Hardware on 29th Jun, 2015 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded because of 'an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank'

A boomerang-like aircraft could be the first to fly on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
With its various rover missions, NASA has been actively exploring the surface of Mars, but now the space agency wants to investigate the Martian skies.

After the SpaceX rocket failure, supplies are finally on their way to the ISS

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2015 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The previous three missions to the ISS have ended in disaster.

Moon's Lopsided Dust Cloud Could Affect Space Travel

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have recently discovered that the Moon is engulfed in a permanent, lopsided dust cloud that could affect future space travel, a new study says.

How We'll Live on Mars:

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 09:39 PM
by AlexMuller
'What’s really important is to get people off this planet and become a spacefaring society.'

Is NASA planning to 'terraform' part of the moon? Not quite

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Our moon has a lot of frozen water ice, and NASA scientists are trying to figure out how to mine it for use on spacecraft missions.

Buzz Aldrin: SpaceX Failure Shows We Need More Commercial Space Travel, Not Less

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The recent failure of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a near-term setback.

NASA Mars Trek Is the Google Earth of Mars

Posted in Software on 11th Jul, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has just released a new website that lets users explore Mars imagery in depth, similar to what you can do with Google Earth.

Should the European Space Agency build a colony on the far side of the Moon?

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The new head of the European Space Agency has a plan, for humanity to build a 'village on the Moon'.

Pluto revealed at last

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2015 12:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The New Horizons probe has reached Pluto after a multi-billion-km flight across the Solar System lasting nine and a half years.

Curiosity finds continent-building rocks on Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Early Mars may have been a bit more like early Earth.

New Horizons: Images reveal ice mountains on Pluto

Posted in Science on 16th Jul, 2015 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Pluto has mountains made of ice that are as high as those in the Rockies, images from the New Horizons probe reveal.

New Horizons: More Pluto pictures set for release

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2015 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Already, there are strong indications that Pluto and its main moon, Charon, have been active in the recent past.

Pluto's Atmosphere is Billowing Away into Space

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2015 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Pluto is a geologically active world with ice mountains and frozen plains of methane and nitrogen, we’ve just learned that Pluto’s atmosphere is pouring away into space.

Now that we have explored our solar system, what is the next frontier?

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
In the past 50 years, American spacecraft have visited every major component of our solar system.

A Russian billionaire just donated $100 million to help find alien life

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The 10-year effort will listen for broadcast signals from a million of the stars closest to Earth.

New Horizons spurs new calls to make Pluto a planet once again

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2015 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Pluto is not only a little larger than previously thought, but also home to some remarkable geological features. Many are saying it's time to restore Pluto to its previous station.

A new NASA-funded study lays out a plan to return humans to the Moon

Posted in Science on 22nd Jul, 2015 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Footprints by 2021 and a permanent base by the 2030s.

SpaceX reveals the cause of last month's Falcon 9 explosion

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jul, 2015 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
A failed steel strut holding down a canister of helium probably caused SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to explode shortly after liftoff last month, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said.

'Earth 2.0' found in NASAs latest Kepler telescope haul

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Kepler-452b orbits at a similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet.

New Horizons Finds Nitrogen Glaciers and Hazy Atmosphere on Pluto

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2015 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe they see evidence of surface material having flowed around mountains and even ponding in craters.

Most powerful rocket ever edges closer to lift-off

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2015 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) has completed its critical design review; a major stepping stone on the way to becoming certified for manned spaceflight.

A New Way to Prepare Samples of Mars for Return to the Earth

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2015 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Mars 2020, NASA’s next and yet-to-be-named Mars rover, will be the first mission to collect and prepare samples of the martian surface for return to Earth.

Mars orbiter prepares for next year's InSight lander arrival

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
The InSight Mars lander mission may be more than a year away, but NASA is already moving its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to provide communications during the landing.

'Lunar Icecube' spacecraft could help NASA build a mine on the moon

Posted in Hardware on 4th Aug, 2015 11:28 PM
by AlexMuller
By turning water into rocket fuel, colonizing the moon could practically pay for itself.

Trouble in orbit: the growing problem of space junk

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2015 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris. The problem also threatens crucial and costly satellites in orbit.

NASA Signs $490 Million Contract With Russia to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2015 03:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The US has been dependent on Russia for ISS access since it ended its space shuttle program in 2012.

NASA marks Curiosity's third anniversary with new interactive online tools

Posted in Software on 8th Aug, 2015 09:16 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has released two new tools designed to both educate the public and help scientists select future landing sites.

The SpaceX expolsion has delayed the Falcon Heavy

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has said it's Falcon Heavy rocket, which might be the most powerful on Earth when it comes into service, has been grounded by further delays.

Scientists Find Evidence for Ancient Lake in Meridiani Planum on Mars

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Evidence of an ancient lake that likely represents some of the last potentially habitable surface water ever to exist on the Red Planet.

NASA Successfully Tests Engine For Future Mars Mission

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2015 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA completed one of the last tests of an engine that will help to propel its Orion crew capsule on future deep-space missions

Pluto and nitrogen: Why is there so much gas?

Posted in Science on 15th Aug, 2015 10:13 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's New Horizons craft has revealed that Pluto has so much nitrogen that hundreds of tons of it escape into space each hour.

SpaceWorks Believes Cryogenic Sleep Holds the Key to Space Travel

Posted in Science on 28th Aug, 2015 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Bodies need too much maintenance for deep space travel. We need a supply of those things absent from space; water, food and oxygen.

One-meter rise in sea levels inevitable, NASA says

Posted in Science on 28th Aug, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
We don't know whether it will happen within a century or somewhat longer, but the rise will have a 'profound impact' around the world.

Buzz Aldrin developing a 'master plan' to colonize Mars within 25 years

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Aldrin and the Florida Institute of Technology are pushing for a Mars settlement by 2039, the 70th anniversary of his own Apollo 11 moon landing.

Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of Nasa recruits has begun living in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars.

Planetoid a billion miles beyond Pluto selected as New Horizons' next destination

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2015 05:31 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has selected the next potential destination for the unmanned spacecraft, a planetoid called 2014 MU69.

Solar propulsion can make space travel cheaper and more efficient say NASA researchers

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Ever since NASA popularised the solar panel way back in the 1970s, solar has proved crucial to expanding our knowledge of space.

Expandable space stations will increase space station size per cost by over ten times

Posted in Hardware on 1st Sep, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Bigelow Aerospace has agreed with NASA to leverage the company’s B330 inflatable space habitat for use with NASA’s human space flight.

Earth observations show how nitrogen may be detected on exoplanets, aiding search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Measuring nitrogen in the atmosphere of an exoplanet can be crucial to determining if it might be habitable.

New Horizons resumes image return

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 04:24 AM
by AlexMuller
The return of imagery is now pretty much constant. This means the team will in future be releasing views, and their interpretation of them, on a regular basis.

Cassini finds global ocean beneath Enceladus' icy crust

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA's Cassini mission.

Orion astronaut flight faces delay to 2023

Posted in Science on 18th Sep, 2015 02:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The Space Launch System (SLS) is more powerful than the Apollo program's Saturn V, and is due to make its debut with the Orion vehicle in an uncrewed configuration, in late 2018.

NASA's Orion spacecraft passes key review

Posted in Science on 19th Sep, 2015 04:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Once finished, Orion will be the first spacecraft designed to allow astronauts to operate beyond Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) since the Apollo program.

NASA tests new wing shape for future Mars planes

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Sep, 2015 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The space agency has been considering a boomerang-like aircraft for future Mars exploration for quite some time.

New Ion Drive has 153% more fuel efficiency than the previous record ion drive built by NASA

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The drive is using fuel far more efficiently, allowing for it to operate for longer.

NASA Is Sending Bacteria to the Edge of Space to See if They Can Hitchhike to Mars

Posted in Science on 27th Sep, 2015 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
To find out if life can hitchhike to Mars and survive on the planet’s surface, NASA is going to see how they do 120,000 feet up.

Liquid water flows on today’s Mars, NASA confirms

Posted in Science on 28th Sep, 2015 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars, NASA announced today.

What liquid water on Mars could mean for the future of space exploration

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
This result is a game-changer for four main reasons.

3D-printed ice shelter wins NASA's Mars habitat design competition

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2015 06:07 PM
by AlexMuller
The contest sought concepts for how 3D printing might be used to create shelters on Mars. The winner, Ice House, would be built using Mars' predicted abundant water supply.

The water discovery ignites new debate on if there could be life on Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Oct, 2015 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
'I think it’s quite possible there are halophiles that could survive on Mars.'

NASA completes successful heat shield testing for future Mars exploration vehicles

Posted in Hardware on 8th Oct, 2015 11:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Rockets have limited space to accommodate spacecraft and their heat shields. However, NASA has a solution to accommodate that.

New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2015 10:23 AM
by AlexMuller
'Understanding why water appears exactly where it does, and not in other places, is a challenge that we are digging into.'

Five Missions That Will Help Stop an Asteroid Hitting Earth

Posted in Science on 10th Oct, 2015 05:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Millions of rocky objects have orbits that bring them near Earth, but we have only found about 13,000 of them.

Life on Mars: NASA unveils plans for human colonies by 2030s

Posted in Science on 11th Oct, 2015 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on Mars, setting out how it aims to create 'deep-space habitation facilities' as stepping stones to Mars.

Elon Musk: We need to leave Earth as soon as possible

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
If something catastrophic happens one day, like a nearby star exploding, we may all get vaporized. Musk says we can't afford to wait around and find out.

NASA is testing CubeSat-based laser communications

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2015 04:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Subsequent tests will help identify new uses for the satellites, from communications systems to new docking solutions.

The First New Horizons Study Reveals a Fascinating, Mysterious Pluto

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2015 06:04 AM
by AlexMuller
A few months after the Pluto flyby, the science is coming in.

Pluto's striking surface variations and unique moon rotations

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Pluto isn't alone in having water ice on its surface, measurements indicate that Nix and Hydra, two of Pluto's five moons, are also covered with water ice.

Lunar detour could lighten the launch load for manned missions to Mars

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A detour to the Moon could make repeated trips to Mars sustainable, reducing the mass of launch from Earth by 68%.

Aliens or not, there's much to discover in the new Kepler data

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The internet has worked itself into a frenzy over the possibility that we’ve found an alien mega-structure.

Most Earth-like worlds have yet to be born, says new NASA study

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 08:42 PM
by AlexMuller
There should already be 1 billion Earth-sized worlds in the Milky Way galaxy. That estimate skyrockets when you include the other 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

New Horizons changes course for next deep-space rendezvous

Posted in Science on 24th Oct, 2015 08:39 AM
by AlexMuller
The New Horizons deep-space probe aims to rendezvous with a Kuiper Belt object one billion miles beyond Pluto in 2019.

Review gives NASA's Space Launch System the tick of approval

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The final review paves the way for full-scale fabrication of the first exploration-class rocket since the Saturn V and the most powerful rocket ever built.

New analysis of Apollo lunar samples solves decades-old mystery

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 11:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Lunar soil samples contain amino acids, but the technology to determine where they came from has not been available until now.

NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses

Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Increases in Antarctic snow is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the losses from its thinning glaciers.

The International Space Station celebrates its 15th birthday

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Unfortunately, the ISS' future is up in the air. Its funding will run out one year before it turns 25 in 2024, and it's unclear if a second-gen station will take its place.

Mars atmosphere 'eroded by Sun activity'

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2015 01:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists think they are getting closer to explaining precisely how Mars lost much of its atmosphere.

New Horizons: Pluto may have ice volcanoes

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2015 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Two possible ice volcanoes have been identified on the surface of Pluto.

Quietly, the new space race between SpaceX and Boeing burns hot

Posted in Business on 11th Nov, 2015 07:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Whichever company flies astronauts first in 2017 gains serious bragging rights.

Scientists stunned as New Horizons' photos show Pluto's surface as still geologically active

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2015 10:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The lack of craters on the 'heart' area called Sputnik Planum remain one of the most compelling discoveries about Pluto.

What is interplanetary dust and can it spread the ingredients of life?

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA reported that a cloud of dust was surrounding Mars high above its atmosphere. They ruled out Mars itself and its moons Phobos and Deimos as the sources of the dust.

NASA's chemical 'laptop' would help find life on other planets

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's newly tested Chemical Laptop is the first device built to detect amino acids and fatty acids (the telltale signs of life as we know it) on other worlds.

Mars 2020 rover may have a little flying helper drone

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing a helicopter-like drone that could scope out the landscape ahead of the Mars 2020 rover.

SpaceX will fly astronauts to the space station in 2017

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 09:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Boeing, another company that aspires to carry astronauts to and from the space station, received a similar order in May. No word on who will go first.

Space telescopes launching in 2017 and 2018 will mean a lot more exoplanet discoveries

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 04:43 AM
by AlexMuller
New space telescopes will be put up over the next few years to search for more planets outside our solar system and analyze their atmospheres.

Russia and Europe Want a Moon Colony; Why Is NASA So Focused on Mars?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2015 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
12 Americans have put their boots on the Moon. But NASA has no plans to send humans back. Instead, NASA will shoot straight to Mars.

Scientist says huge clumps of dark matter may lie just beyond the Moon

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2015 05:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The physicist predicts densities of up to 1 billion times greater than normal.

A drill to tunnel miles below the surface of Mars

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:07 PM
by AlexMuller
In the California desert, Honeybee robotics is testing a drill that could search for life on other worlds.

Trash-eating spacecraft turns orbital debris into fuel

Posted in Science on 6th Dec, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
According to NASA, there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris in orbit that are being tracked by the space agency.

Orbital heads back to International Space Station on cargo run

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2015 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The upgraded capsule, due to arrive on Wednesday, is loaded with more than 3,500 kg of food, clothing, computer gear, spacewalk equipment and science experiments.

Google says D-Wave quantum computer is more than 100 million times faster than a normal chip

Posted in Hardware on 9th Dec, 2015 06:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Google appears to be more confident about the technical capabilities of its D-Wave 2X quantum computer.

Why we’re going back to the Moon; with or without NASA

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The discovery of lunar water has changed everything for human exploration.

Mapping astronauts' behavior on the ISS could make a better ride to Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2015 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
A company called Draper is developing a way to monitor how astronauts use the ISS for planning a long term spaceflight to Mars.

A significant budget increase for NASA in 2016

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Congressional omnibus would increase the space agency's budget by $1.3 billion. He is the breakdown:

Boeing Gets a Second Order to Ferry Astronauts to the ISS

Posted in Business on 20th Dec, 2015 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
In its ongoing effort to bring America back into crewed spaceflight, NASA has announced that Boeing has received a second commercial crew order to ferry astronauts to the ISS.

Faulty instrument delays Mars lander launch

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Insight lander will miss its scheduled launch window in March 2016 due to a continuing fault with one of its primary scientific instruments.

NASA's Mars 2030 virtual reality software to put users on the surface of the Red Planet

Posted in Software on 29th Dec, 2015 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA is looking to give owners of popular VR headsets an immersive experience with Mars 2030.

Chasing comets, Pluto fly-by and Falcon landing: A year in space

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2015 09:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A look back at the space technology and exploration highlights of 2015.

The World Is Racing to Build a Moon Base

Posted in Science on 1st Jan, 2016 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
ESA (and China) are looking at lunar bases in the next couple decades, and NASA is looking at the space in the moon's orbit.

NASA To Build A Habitat For Living On Mars

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2016 06:17 PM
by AlexMuller
As a part of the 2016 NASA budget, congress has asked NASA to design a 'habitation module' that astronauts might use to camp out on mars.

Where space exploration is taking us in 2016

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2016 01:26 PM
by AlexMuller
New missions lined up ready to launch, deep space missions wrapping up, and commercial space going heavy.

NASA's heavy lift rocket is running into problems

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2016 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Short on budget, the Space Launch System reportedly doesn't have a game plan.

NASA picks SpaceX, Orbital, and Sierra Nevada to resupply the space station through 2024

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jan, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Both SpaceX and Orbital were awarded the first round of commercial resupply contracts back in 2008.

Official report pokes more holes in NASA's plan to get to mars

Posted in Science on 16th Jan, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The report raises safety concerns over the rocket and spacecraft that will send astronauts to Mars. The report also says that NASA's overall plan to get to Mars is too vague.

NASA's Plan For The Future Of Space Means Partnering With Companies Like SpaceX

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA intends to bring manned launches back to the US rather than relying on its fractious relationship with Russia.

Chris Hadfield: Moon colonisation is 'obvious' next step

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:09 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency has announced its intent to put humans back on the Moon "by the end of the next decade".

NASA's New Horizons team discovers vast reserves of water ice on Pluto

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Water ice is surprisingly abundant on Pluto's surface, a new map of the dwarf planet reveals.

NASA details CubeSats to launch aboard SLS

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
13 CubeSats will be loaded onto the most powerful rocket ever, some of which will be deployed to inspect asteroids, while others will gather data on the Moon.

New Horizons shows that Pluto's heart probably has floating mounds of water ice

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2016 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists believe these water ice hills are floating in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move over time like icebergs in Earth’s Arctic Ocean.

The Case for an International Moon Base

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2016 10:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Toward the end of 2015, Russia’s space program announced plans to begin a series of lunar missions that would culminate in the creation of a manned moon base by 2030.

NASA’s Mega-Rocket Will Launch Craft to Mars and Carry 13 CubeSats

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the enormous SLS, will carry 13 CubeSats and a spacecraft bound for the Red Planet.

NASA is getting serious about the next big space telescope

Posted in Science on 19th Feb, 2016 08:46 PM
by AlexMuller
With a view 100 times larger than Hubble's, the WFIRST scope could discover thousands of exoplanets and millions of galaxies

NASA gets inundated with astronaut applications

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2016 02:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Over 18,300 hopefuls submitted their resumes, almost thrice as many compared to the agency's last hiring round in 2012. This round has shattered the previous record.

China is racing to make the 2020 launch window to Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 04:04 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA’s Mars 2020 mission may well have company along the way, with teams in China working urgently to ready their first independent mission to the Red Planet.

Plans Being Devised for Human Outpost Near the Moon

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2016 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
The ongoing work is expected to help plot out other deep-space trips, such as the journey to a near-Earth asteroid and the larger leap to distant Mars.

The 3D printer that will be sent to the International Space Station next month

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2016 07:49 PM
by AlexMuller
On 23 March, a 3D printer will be blasted up to the six-strong crew in the ISS. It will be used to make spare parts, as well as for experiments.

NASA has invited India to collaborate on its mission to Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Feb, 2016 11:17 AM
by AlexMuller
ISRO has already proved that it has the ability to get to the Red Planetary efficiently; the space agency spent only US $74 million (less than the budget of the film Gravity).

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

Posted in Science on 2nd Mar, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
After 340 days on the International Space Station, Scott Kelly has spent more continuous time in space than any other American astronaut.

Archinaut, a 3D Printing Robot to Make Big Structures in Space

Posted in Business on 3rd Mar, 2016 05:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Made In Space is partnering with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems to build a combination 3D printer and robotic arm that will operate in orbit.

NASA officially delays its next mission to Mars until 2018

Posted in Science on 10th Mar, 2016 05:06 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA said it is now targeting May 5th, 2018 for the launch of InSight, with the spacecraft scheduled to land on Mars on November 26th, 2018.

Why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

Posted in Science on 18th Mar, 2016 07:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Before Cygnus breaks apart above the Earth, NASA is going to intentionally set it on fire.

New Horizons: Pluto Is a Weirder Place Than You Ever Imagined

Posted in Science on 18th Mar, 2016 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The features place Pluto, once considered just a lonely ice-ball in the dark, on par with Mars (and second only to Earth) in terms of geological complexity.

U.S. and Russian crew arrives at International Space Station

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2016 01:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying a NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, ending a nearly six-hour flight.

Pluto has an ocean hiding under the surface, new data suggests

Posted in Science on 21st Mar, 2016 10:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Ice volcanos, floating hills, deep canyons, hazy skies, and maybe even methane snow. Now, research suggests there's liquid water hiding beneath Pluto’s frozen surface.

New gravity map gives us our best view yet of the inside of Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.

The moon used to spin 'on different axis'

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2016 07:16 PM
by AlexMuller
A likely explanation for this shift, which the researchers suggest took place over several billion years, is volcanic activity in a region called the Procellarum.

Probe finds massive icy mountain on Saturn's moon Titan

Posted in Science on 25th Mar, 2016 04:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified the tallest peak on Saturn's moon Titan, a mountain that stands 10,948 ft tall. For comparison, Everest stands over 29,000 ft above sea level.

NASA to use the ISS as a testbed for inflatable living modules

Posted in Science on 25th Mar, 2016 04:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Before any sort of experimental gear can go to Mars, it needs to be trialed closer to home.

Moonbase by 2022 for $10 billion, says NASA

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Several key changes have taken place over the past decade. These include the development of the space launch business, leading to an overall reduction in the cost of launches.

2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2016 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to launch, in that year.

Cygnus cargo ship successfully docks with ISS

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2016 02:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The Cygnus us scheduled to remain docked at the ISS until May.

The moon base race: senior NASA staff call for lunar station

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 11:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Acknowledging similar Moon base proposals by the Chinese, Russians and ESA, the writers argued that the project would maintain NASA’s position as a leader in space research.

NASA is building a new exoplanet-hunting tool

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The $10 million instrument is expected to start looking for exoplanets in 2019.

Steam powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2016 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
In January the European Space Agency announced plans to build a 3D printed lunar village by 2030 made from Moon rock.

Two Bigelow BA330 modules combined would have 72% of the volume of ISS

Posted in Hardware on 10th Apr, 2016 07:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Compared to their volume-mass ratio, expandable modules offer more living space than traditional rigid modules.

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft arrives at the ISS

Posted in Science on 11th Apr, 2016 06:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Tim Peake has successfully berthed the latest cargo ship to visit the ISS. Using the robotic arm, he grabbed the Dragon freighter on Sunday, pulling it into the Harmony module.

ULA and Bigelow announce partnership for first commercial space stations

Posted in Hardware on 12th Apr, 2016 07:05 PM
by AlexMuller
The agreement unveiled on Monday will see Bigelow deliver two fully functional B330 modules to ULA for notional launches in 2020.

First expandable habitat installed on ISS

Posted in Science on 18th Apr, 2016 07:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The ISS received an exciting renovation today as the experimental Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was successfully attached to the Tranquility module.

Fermi telescope to find gravitational wave sources

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2016 11:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are interested in observing and characterizing these waves to learn more about the sources producing them and about gravity itself.

European scientists set eyes on ice moon Europa

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
European scientists are meeting to consider options for exploring Europa, a moon of Jupiter. They have ideas that could fit as add-ons to US missions that are to be launched in the 2020s.

An engine for Mars: Aerojet wins $67M NASA contract for solar electric propulsion

Posted in Business on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric propulsion systems are expected to send astronauts to Mars and its moons starting in the 2030s.

Pluto Isn't the Only Thing New Horizons is Studying

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2016 01:46 PM
by AlexMuller
New Horizons has turned on an instrument that would allow it to observe solar particles, and provide nearly three years worth of continuous information.

NASA says it will help SpaceX with Mars 2018 mission

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2016 11:58 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX just announced it's hoping to land an uncrewed Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018, which would make it the first private company to land on another planet. But it's not going alone.

NASA Discovers Strange Hazy Layers On Pluto That 'We've Never Seen Before'

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's New Horizons probe has captured the said layers that looked like water ripples.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter by NASA May Have Found Evidence of Volcanic Eruptions

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
With the help of mineral-mapping, scientists found evidences that there were volcanic activities on Mars billions of years ago.

NASA is working on a humanoid robot to send to Mars

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
The Humanoid called Valkyrie is one of the most advanced robots by NASA, created for a trip to Mars. It is also said to be the most advanced in the world.

NASA just detected oxygen in the Martian atmosphere

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2016 06:16 PM
by AlexMuller
"Atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere is notoriously difficult to measure"

Kepler telescope discovers 100 Earth-sized planets

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2016 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
It has also detected nine small planets within so-called habitable zones, where conditions are favourable for liquid water, and potentially life.

NASA is observing how microbes adapt aboard the ISS

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2016 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The effort will allow for the development of methods for minimizing any danger created by the microbes during lengthy missions.

SpaceX's Dragon returns to Earth brimming with microgravity research samples

Posted in Hardware on 12th May, 2016 07:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The Dragon completed its round trip to the ISS, splashing down with more than a tonne of valuable scientific samples in tow.

Boeing Falters, And Now Only SpaceX Will Carry Astronauts in 2017

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2016 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The Starliner gets pushed back, leaving only the SpaceX Dragon able to fly astronauts in 2017.

NASA's NIAC Program looks to fund futuristic space concepts

Posted in Science on 15th May, 2016 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber for shuttle astronauts, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest projects NASA is embarking on.

NASA is funding research into human stasis for transport to Mars

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2016 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA believes that the crew’s mental well-being will be substantially improved by effectively eliminating the 400 days spent in transit to and from Mars.

Lockheed martin wants to send humans to Mars in 12 years

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2016 12:07 PM
by AlexMuller
LM plans to unveil a vision for a spacecraft to make it happen. The "Mars Base Camp," would set up a laboratory, staffed by 6 astronauts, in Mars orbit in 2028.

MinXSS CubeSat deployed from ISS to study sun's soft X-rays

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2016 12:16 PM
by AlexMuller
CubeSats are a new, low-cost tool for space science missions.

The First Moon Base May Be Printed

Posted in Hardware on 19th May, 2016 10:38 AM
by AlexMuller
3D printed objects don’t have to be small. Entire houses have now been 3D printed.

Evidence of ancient tsunamis on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Such events could only have occurred more than three billion years ago when the planet was wetter and warmer.

European Space Agency races to meet the Orion spacecraft deadline

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2016 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan is for Orion and its service module launch atop the Space Launch System rocket in 2018.

Proposal For New Space Station Orbiting The Moon

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2016 04:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The habitat components could be manufactured and launched about three years after getting a 'Go Ahead' contract from NASA.

July SpaceX launch will carry private entrance to space station

Posted in Science on 25th May, 2016 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX and Boeing are competing to become the first private company to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017 (or 2018).

Flexi-space room expansion suspended

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2016 02:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The deployment of a new, expandable "room" on the International Space Station was suspended on Thursday when it failed to open up as expected.

Mars Used To Look More White Than Red

Posted in Science on 27th May, 2016 02:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The first concrete evidence that Mars has just exited an extreme ice age, one so intense it would have put Earth's recent frosty foray to shame.

Mysterious Heavy Ion Beams Above Mars Explained

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's latest mission to Mars has uncovered the origins of fast-moving streams of particles high above the planet, flowing against the solar wind.

Space experts say sending humans to Mars worth the risk

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 04:54 PM
by AlexMuller
There's a long-standing joke that NASA is always 20 years from putting astronauts on Mars. A to-do list from 2015 looks remarkably similar to one compiled in 1990.

Elon musk says he wants SpaceX to land humans on mars by 2025

Posted in Business on 3rd Jun, 2016 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
That's long before NASA's nebulous plan to land humans there in the 2030s or 40s.

This year, we'll sequence DNA in space for the first time

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2016 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Kate Rubins, a virologist turned astronaut, heads to the ISS this month to monitor more than 250 experiments, including genetic sequencing.

ISRO, NASA and other space agencies of other nations to fight climate change together

Posted in Science on 8th Jun, 2016 03:18 AM
by AlexMuller
The key to implementing the Paris Agreement is to monitor whether agreeing nations are following through in their efforts to curb emissions.

Elon Musk says early Mars missions will establish crucial cargo routes

Posted in Science on 11th Jun, 2016 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
"You can count on it. It’s going to happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station," said Musk.

Martian dust storms could make life interesting for future astronauts

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2016 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
The electrostatic qualities of the storms could interfere with vital equipment, while the sheer density of the dust particles works to dramatically lower visibility.

NASA conducts largest fire experiment in space

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2016 04:51 AM
by AlexMuller
It was the first in a series of three planned fire experiments, which seek to better understand the dynamics of fire in microgravity so that astronauts will be well-prepared.

3 astronauts return to Earth after 6 months aboard the ISS

Posted in Science on 19th Jun, 2016 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The capsule landed on its side, a frequent occurrence, after parachuting for 14 minutes. A search and recovery team quickly extracted the trio from the capsule.

Japan wants to take autonomous construction extraterrestrial

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2016 11:26 AM
by AlexMuller
JAXA is looking to take autonomous construction technology to the undeveloped plains of the Moon and Mars.

Pluto could have liquid sub-surface ocean

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
New Horizons it revealed that the dwarf planet might have a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust. According to a new analysis such an ocean likely still exists today.

NASA's Laboratory Rover, Curiosity, Discovers Unexpected Mineral on Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
A finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

NASA approves five more years for Hubble Space Telescope

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2016 01:03 PM
by AlexMuller
It will still be on the job when its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches in 2018, giving astronomers a dual view of the universe.

Former NASA ISS manager planning commercial space station venture

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jun, 2016 03:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Axiom Space is in discussions with NASA on an agreement that would allow for studies of adding a commercial module to the ISS.

Ancient Mars Was Even More Earth-Like Than We Imagined

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2016 02:09 PM
by AlexMuller
New findings from NASA’s Curiosity Rover provide evidence that significant amounts of oxygen once permeated the atmosphere of ancient Mars.

NASA’s Mars-Bound Rocket Just Passed a Major Test

Posted in Science on 29th Jun, 2016 04:27 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA successfully fired-up one of those 77-tonne rocket boosters by lighting it up at full power, all while never leaving the ground.

NASA's Super Pressure Balloon glides past flight duration record

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2016 02:26 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA and other researchers use what are known as zero pressure balloons to probe the mysteries of the atmosphere, and by extension our world and the universe as a whole.

Juno probe enters into orbit around Jupiter

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jul, 2016 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The Juno satellite, which left Earth five years ago, had to fire a rocket engine to slow its approach to the planet and get caught by its gravity.

New horizons gets the green light from NASA to explore a world beyond pluto

Posted in Hardware on 6th Jul, 2016 04:39 PM
by AlexMuller
New Horizons, that showed us Pluto up close for the first time, received NASA approval to forge ahead to an ancient target beyond Pluto.

NASA works to wake up Curiosity as mission gets two-year extension

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2016 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
On July 2, the nuclear-powered rover experienced some sort of a glitch and stopped most of its tasks as it went through a sequence to make sure it was still operating.

Dawn maps Ceres craters where ice can accumulate

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2016 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres where ice deposits could exist now.

SpaceX will launch fully automated docking ring to space station

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jul, 2016 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A metallic ring big enough for astronauts and cargo to fit through is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in July.

SpaceX launching 30% more each launch and increasing launch frequency to once every two weeks

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jul, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A 30% gain in power and the ability to launch more mass to orbit, 22.8 tons now compared to 13.2 with the older rocket.

New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2016 09:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The new rover will have a mast conducting three types of spectroscopy on rocks and soil from a distance, to help try and spot signs of life.

DNA sequencer sent to space station

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jul, 2016 02:10 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA has sent a DNA sequencer to the International Space Station in an effort to help astronauts monitor their own health.

How Lockheed Martin plans to set up a base camp in Mars orbit

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2016 08:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A laboratory that orbits Mars, giving astronauts the ability to drive rovers and UAVs on the Martian surface in real-time, and perhaps paving the way for a landing.

U.S. and Russian Scientists Are Making Plans to Go Back to the Moon Together

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2016 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Organizations on both sides are quietly toying with the idea of going back to the moon together. That is, if politics don't get in the way.

Space launch of a roll up solar array set for spring of 2017 and will boost power and reduce weight of space solar power

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jul, 2016 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
ROSA is a lightweight technology that rolls up into a very compact volume.

The Mars curiosity rover is starting to make its own decisions

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Jul, 2016 02:35 AM
by AlexMuller
The Mars Curiosity Rover can now autonomously decide which rocks to zap with its onboard laser.

Business ideas sought to launch ISS marketplace

Posted in Science on 25th Jul, 2016 10:07 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has been signalling intentions to welcome more commercial partners aboard for a little while, and is now canvassing the private sector for ideas to increase business.

NASA books nuclear-certified Atlas 5 rocket for Mars 2020 rover launch

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jul, 2016 04:43 PM
by AlexMuller
ULA’s Atlas 5 and Delta 4-Heavy and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy were studied as possible launch vehicles.

SpaceX estimated to spend $300 million on Red Dragon mission

Posted in Science on 28th Jul, 2016 01:49 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's "Red Dragon" concept envisions using a Dragon spacecraft with only minor modification to land on the surface of Mars as a precursor to later human missions.

First Launch of NASA's New Megarocket On Track for 2018

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 01:21 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA said it will adjust the flow of work to prepare for the launch of Exploration Mission 1, the first Space Launch System flight, to keep it on schedule for the fall of 2018.

Apollo Astronauts are More Likely to Die of Heart Problems

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 08:27 PM
by AlexMuller
The likely culprit of this higher rate of heart problems is their unprecedented exposure to deep space radiation.

SpaceX receives order for second manned mission

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA says that the new contract will put the United States back into the manned spaceflight game and free US crews to spend more time on scientific research.

The next Mars rover will capture sounds

Posted in Hardware on 6th Aug, 2016 04:06 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that it will outfit the next Mars rover with microphone cameras that'll record descent, landing, and surface operations.

NASA releases cute Mars rover game to celebrate Curiosity anniversary

Posted in Games on 7th Aug, 2016 01:50 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’re excited about a new way for people to engage with Curiosity’s adventures on Mars and future exploration by NASA’s Mars 2020 rover'

13 Cubesats to launch to moon in 2018 including Skyfire and Lunar Flashlight to look for ice and resources

Posted in Hardware on 10th Aug, 2016 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Game-changing capability for expanded human exploration, planetary science and physics.

NASA's Next Mars Rover Intensifies Hunt for Extinct Martian Microbes

Posted in Science on 18th Aug, 2016 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
The 2020 Mars Rover already deep into development. It'll be targeting rocks with the best chance of revealing ancient Martian life.

Mars colony design finalists will be 3D-printed to scale & tested in Mojave

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2016 03:38 AM
by AlexMuller
With $30,000 from Kickstarter, Mars City Design is taking its first steps towards designing a settlement.

With the installation of the Docking Adapter, the ISS is ready for the private spaceflight era

Posted in Science on 21st Aug, 2016 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
space station transitions from the era of Space Shuttle transportation to that of privatized spaceflight.

NASA Funds Plan to Turn Used Rocket Fuel Tanks Into Space Habitats

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2016 05:21 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has selected six partner companies to develop full-sized ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats.

Jeff Williams breaks u.s. record for most days in space

Posted in Science on 26th Aug, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
He's returning on September 5. Then, he'll have logged 534 cumulative days in space.

Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2016 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Having survived their year in isolation, the crew members said they were confident a mission to Mars could succeed.

NASA's New Lander Will Finally Go to Mars in 2018

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2016 04:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Insight was originally scheduled to launch this past March with the goal of collecting all kinds of data about what’s happening in Mars’s interior.

NASA Just Successfully Launched a Spacecraft to an Asteroid

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2016 12:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The first step in a seven-year journey that will eventually bring us back several spoonfuls worth of dirt from an asteroid.

Space tech’s 3 hottest areas for investing

Posted in Hardware on 11th Sep, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Some areas that VCs considered highly promising a year or two ago are now considered overhyped.

NASA asteroid probe may find clues to origins of life on Earth

Posted in Science on 11th Sep, 2016 10:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Water ice and organic materials, which are key compounds that may have made Earth habitable or even given life its start.

On Sept 27 Musk will give a live-streamed talk on how SpaceX plans to colonize Mars

Posted in Business on 21st Sep, 2016 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
'Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species'. The talk will be delivered at the International Astronautical Congress.

Boeing Eyes Moon-Orbiting Space Station as Waypoint to Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2016 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
"If we're thinking about going that far away to Mars, we need to take a kind of interim step,"

Boeing CEO Vows to Beat SpaceX and Elon Musk to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 5th Oct, 2016 09:07 AM
by AlexMuller
'I’m convinced the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding a Boeing rocket,'

US to work with private firms on Mars plan

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2016 07:25 AM
by AlexMuller
President Barack Obama says the US will work with private companies on its plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.

Face of the moon changes every 81,000 years

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2016 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The moon is bombarded by so much space rock that its surface gets a complete facelift every 81,000 years.

Elon Musk says SpaceX could put 'miner/tunneling droids' on Mars

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2016 02:18 PM
by AlexMuller
'Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunneling droids.'

New Horizon Probe has finished transmitting pictures 15 months after the Pluto Flyby

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2016 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
There's a great deal of work ahead to understand the 400-plus scientific observations that have all been sent to Earth.

NASA's New 'Intruder Alert' System Spots An Incoming Asteroid

Posted in Science on 31st Oct, 2016 11:08 PM
by AlexMuller
It's constantly scanning data from telescopes to see if there are any reports of so-called Near Earth Objects.

James Webb: Two years to Hubble successor's launch

Posted in Science on 4th Nov, 2016 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Engineers have finished assembling the telescope that will succeed Hubble.

NASA outlines six new storm-chasing CubeSats

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has outlined six new missions to be launched over the next few months that are equipped with new methods of studying the Earth's atmosphere, climate and weather.

Bigelow Aerospace calls for doubling of NASA budget to 1% of the budget

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2016 12:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The increase would also be used to support more ambitious space exploration efforts by NASA, such as lunar exploration.

Newly spotted ice field buried on Mars could provide water to future colonists

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2016 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A significant finding because of its position on the planet and its location relatively near the surface.

The 'physics-defying' emdrive actually works, NASA declares in peer-reviewed paper

Posted in Hardware on 24th Nov, 2016 02:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Electromagnetic Drive (or EM Drive), appears to defy physics, or at least physics as we understand it today.

Trump will eliminate $2 billion climate change research from NASA

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2016 02:45 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space.

Boeing Announces Plan to Go Head-to-Head Against Elon Musk

Posted in Hardware on 27th Nov, 2016 10:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk has set a 2018 deadline for an unmanned mission to Mars, and 2025 for its manned mission.

Exoplanet space telescope will launch in December 2017

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2016 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a planned space telescope for NASA's Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method.

Moon village concept attracts worldwide support

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2016 04:08 PM
by AlexMuller
European Space Agency says proposals for permanent lunar outpost have generated international interest.

Curiosity Delivers New Evidence That Life Could Have Thrived on Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2016 04:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Evidence of chemical complexity suggests that Mars had a long history with water, improving the chances that life existed on the planet.

SpaceX won't launch astronauts until 2018

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2016 07:54 AM
by AlexMuller
It's official: SpaceX is not going to meet its 2017 deadline to carry its first astronauts into space.

Laser-Based Propulsion System Could Get Us to Mars in Record Time; Just Three Days

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2016 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
With conventional rocketry, we can make it to the red planet in five months’ time, at its closest point to Earth.

The Science Stories We’ll Be Watching in 2017

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2016 05:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Here are Gizmodo's most anticipated scientific and technological developments of 2017.

NASA EmDrive Tests

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2017 03:02 PM
by AlexMuller
If the Chinese space authorities, as Popular Science reports, are already seeing successful Emdrive test results in space, NASA might want to fast-track its own research.

Astronauts could live inside ice domes on Mars

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2017 03:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The astronauts who will someday go to Mars will be bombarded by radiation from space.

Mars in Three Days: Here's the Tech That Could Make It Happen

Posted in Science on 16th Jan, 2017 12:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The vast distances between us and other points of particular interest in space are vast, and the speed limitations of our technology are a significant barrier to exploration.

Curiosity found the first evidence of ancient mud cracks on Mars

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2017 04:01 PM
by AlexMuller
A time capsule to when ancient lakes flowed.

NASA has a test for life on other planets that is ten thousand times more sensitive

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2017 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets.

What can NASA’s twin study results actually tell us?

Posted in Medicine on 31st Jan, 2017 04:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The next step is to figure out which changes can be attributed to spaceflight and which are just normal consequences of ageing.

Under Trump, astronauts might chart a new path to a familiar place: The moon

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2017 05:27 PM
by Alex Muller
A return to the moon is gaining traction. A trip to an asteroid looks iffy. And Mars is still the ultimate destination.

Rocket problems may delay SpaceX's first crewed launches

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2017 11:18 PM
by Alex Muller
If confirmed, cracks in the falcon 9's fuel pumps could pose a threat to astronauts.

Will the Trump Administration fund the SpaceX Mars Colonization plan?

Posted in Science on 4th Feb, 2017 11:22 PM
by Alex Muller
Trump seems to be cozying up to Elon Musk and is entertaining the idea of financing Musk’s Mars colonization project.

'Curiosity' exposes low CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2017 12:53 PM
by Alex Muller
The CO2 level in Mars' primitive atmosphere 3.5 billion years ago was too low for sediments to be deposited.

Trump's Advisers Want to Return Humans to the Moon in Three Years

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2017 10:04 AM
by Alex Muller
The plan could dramatically shift the mission of the space agency, prioritising low-Earth orbit activity over distant exploration.

Trump investigating the large scale development of space with SpaceX a likely big winner

Posted in Hardware on 15th Feb, 2017 06:53 PM
by Alex Muller
The Trump administration is considering a bold and controversial vision for the U.S. space program.

NASA wants to put astronauts on the very first launch of its new mega-rocket

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2017 03:30 PM
by Alex Muller
The Space Launch System could carry astronauts as soon as 2019.

NASA Is Sending a Lander to Discover Whether Life Exists on Europa

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2017 03:58 PM
by Alex Muller
NASA is planning to send a lander to Jupiter's moon Europa, which is believed to hold a vast ocean beneath it's frozen crust.

NASA developing carbon nanotube-based material for Stronger and lighter vehicles and Mars habitats

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2017 04:11 PM
by Alex Muller
Deep space exploration will require new materials.

Nasa wants to 3d print habitats with metal extracted from martian soil

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2017 04:20 PM
by Alex Muller
scientists are studying the various ways to make goods on Mars rather than carry materials there.

NASA's next Orion flight could be manned

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2017 01:52 AM
by Alex Muller
The first manned Orion mission was planned for 2021, but could now take place in 2019.

NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From Trump

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2017 02:01 AM
by Alex Muller
The U.S. hasn’t sent astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit since 1970s.

NASA Considers Magnetic Shield to Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 5th Mar, 2017 07:51 PM
by Alex Muller
NASA Planetary Science Division Director, Jim Green, says launching a magnetic shield could help warm Mars and possibly allow it to become habitable.

US Government Issues NASA Demand, 'Get Humans to Mars By 2033'

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2017 08:01 PM
by Alex Muller
Both chambers of Congress just passed the NASA Authorization Act of 2017.

NASA's new ozone layer watchdog takes orbit

Posted in Hardware on 11th Mar, 2017 03:05 PM
by Alex Muller
The ozone layer is no longer thinning, but we need to keep an eye on it.

Warming Mars and thickening its atmosphere can be done in 10-100 years

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2017 07:00 PM
by Alex Muller
If all the solar incident on Mars were to be captured then Mars would warm to Earth-like temperatures in about 10 years.

Trump signs NASA funding bill, sets goal of human on Mars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2017 07:36 AM
by Alex Muller
President Trump on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing funding for NASA while setting a new goal to send humans to Mars.

'Smallsats' open up new planetary frontier

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2017 07:41 AM
by Alex Muller
Nasa is planning a series of small satellite missions that could open up new ways of exploring the Solar System.

No one knows what to do with the International Space Station

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2017 02:29 PM
by Alex Muller
Congress has only approved funding through 2024. What happens then?

We finally know what happened to (most of) Mars' missing atmosphere

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2017 08:01 AM
by Alex Muller
When Mars had an atmosphere four billion years ago, it probably looked a lot like Earth; warm, wet, and habitable.

NASA Scientists Find That a Dynamo at The Lunar Core May Have Formed a Magnetic Field

Posted in Science on 16th Apr, 2017 03:53 PM
by Alex Muller
New research that shows heat from crystallization of the lunar core may have driven its now-defunct magnetic field some 3 billion years ago.

NASA designs an inflatable greenhouse for Mars

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2017 06:06 PM
by Alex Muller
An inflatable greenhouse that’ll be more effective at helping astronauts cultivate veggies and produce oxygen in a place like Mars.

The Next Journey To Pluto Is Now On Plot

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2017 06:20 PM
by Alex Muller
An orbiter that will fully investigate the fascinating Pluto

Martian Soil Could Be Used to Build a Colony

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2017 06:56 PM
by Alex Muller
Engineers from the University of California in San Diego have created bricks composed of simulated Martian regolith (soil).

NASA Wants to Launch a Giant Magnetic Field to Make Mars Habitable

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2017 12:15 AM
by Alex Muller
A bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make it habitable for future generations of human colonists.

NASA's mission to Mars includes a year-long stay on the moon

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2017 04:48 PM
by Alex Muller
The agency aims to send a crew to live in cislunar space by 2027.

Moon as unprospected eighth continent that will produce trillionaires

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2017 10:04 PM
by Alex Muller
Moon Express is one of only two teams in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition with a verified launch contract for its 2017 lunar mission.

BEAM's first year on ISS expands potential of inflatable space habitats

Posted in Hardware on 29th May, 2017 01:44 PM
by Alex Muller
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a prototype inflatable space station module, has now been attached to the ISS for a year.

Humans Heading to Mars Could Face a Disturbingly High Cancer Risk

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2017 05:01 AM
by Alex Muller
Possibly two times greater than what experts previously thought.

Mike Pence shoots for the Moon (and Mars)

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2017 03:13 PM
by Alex Muller
During his appearance, Pence came out strong with some big promises for the U.S. space program, reiterating what we’ve heard before from the Trump administration.

Could Tiny Fusion Rockets Revolutionize Spaceflight?

Posted in Science on 15th Jul, 2017 04:12 PM
by Alex Muller
A small NASA-funded company is slimming down nuclear fusion reactors for space science.

Starship Congress presentations make the case for permanent moon colonization

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2017 01:23 PM
by Alex Muller
Since the 1960s, humanity seriously discusses the idea of a permanent lunar settlement.

Oct 12, 2017 Close Asteroid Flyby Will Test NASA Asteroid Tracking

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2017 05:29 PM
by Alex Muller
An opportunity not only for science, but to test NASA’s network of observatories and scientists who work with planetary defence.

SpaceX and Boeing are both on track for 2018 manned flights

Posted in Hardware on 8th Aug, 2017 04:07 PM
by Alex Muller
A July 20 report released by NASA shows that SpaceX is still targeting an unmanned test flight in February 2018 and a crewed flight in June 2018.

NASA completes space communications network

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2017 04:46 PM
by Alex Muller
NASA's next-generation orbital tracking and communications network has been completed.

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