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Tags results for 'space'

Google said to be in talks to invest in SpaceX at $10B valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has gone where most startups never have: to space. And it looks like Google may well want in on the excitement.

Moon Welcomes Chinese Module Into Orbit

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:43 PM
by AlexMuller
China may be more than six decades behind the United States and Russia when it comes to space exploration, but even so, that won't stop them from trying to catch up.

Arkyd space telescope demonstrator will launch as early as April 2014

Posted in Hardware on 28th Oct, 2013 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources will advance its mission to mine resource rich near Earth asteroids by launching the Arkyd spacecraft.

United Nations Sets Up Armageddon Style Asteroid Defense

Posted in Science on 30th Oct, 2013 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
The UN last week approved an advanced warning and deflection system regarding potentially hazardous NEOs (Near Earth Objects).

Virgin Galactic Spaceport Needs Money to Make Ends Meet

Posted in Business on 1st Nov, 2013 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Many new technologies need a hand to get off the ground. Is Virgin Galactic one of those, or is it just burning through cash?

Space’s Microgravity Accelerates Biological Aging of Some Cells

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists Say microgravity accelerates cardiovascular disease and the biological aging of endothelial cells, the cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels.

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.

India launches spacecraft to Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2013 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
India has successfully launched a spacecraft to the Red Planet - with the aim of becoming the fourth space agency to reach Mars.

Moon Surprise: Lunar Craters Are Bigger on Near Side

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Ancient asteroid impacts on the near side of the moon produced larger basins than those on the far side.

NBCU, Virgin Galactic Team Up To Broadcast 3-Hour Space Journey

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
NBCUniversal is about to test the upper limit of the atmosphere, or at least its ability to appeal to TV viewers.

Moonshots: Kickstarting the next chapter of space exploration

Posted in Business on 9th Nov, 2013 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Privately funded space missions might sound like the preserve of the financial elite, but the truth is actually a little more pedestrian.

Mars Orbiter Mission now halfway to moon

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The mission successfully completes fifth orbit raising manoeuvre.

Nasa's Maven Mars mission launches

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2013 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The US space agency's (Nasa) Maven mission has set off for Mars.

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.

Planetary Resources explains how asteroid mining will open space for human colonization

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2013 03:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Orbit raises to Lunar landings are near infinitely more achievable when access is fueled by the resources present on asteroids.

Virgin Galactic now accepts Bitcoins

Posted in Online on 25th Nov, 2013 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Did you think the Bitcoin story couldn’t get any crazier? Well now the digital currency can get you to space.

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.

SpaceX Falcon aims for telecoms market with SES-8 launch

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2013 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The US SpaceX company will make its play on Monday to grab a big slice of the market for launching the world's TV and telecoms satellites.

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.

Texas is the leading location for the Spacex commercial spaceport

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2013 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The McAllen Economic Development Corp. may offer $500,000 to SpaceX, which plans to build the world’s first commercial spaceport near Brownsville.

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.

Second Planetary System Like Ours Discovered

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:25 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of European astronomers has discovered a second planetary system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found.

Why China is fixated on the Moon

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2013 02:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Exotic materials including helium-3 and the potential for solar power could prove invaluable for humankind.

China sending rover to the moon this weekend

Posted in Business on 1st Dec, 2013 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
China is set to become the third Earth nation to successfully land an object on the surface of the Moon later this weekend.

Indian probe begins journey to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2013 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
India's mission to Mars has embarked on its 300-day journey to the Red Planet. The spacecraft is due to reach Mars on 24 September next year.

European Space Agency sets a path for big space science

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2013 02:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Europe has fixed a broad plan for the big space science missions it will launch over the next two decades.

Spacex has 100% success on geostationary satellite launch

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2013 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives.

Spacex to test reusable stage combustion raptor rocket engine in 2014

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2013 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
"reusable methane combustion engines that will power the next generation of SpaceX launch vehicles designed for the colonization of Mars.”

Google is everywhere in technology with game changing potential

Posted in Business on 6th Dec, 2013 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The Google Founders are making well funded attempts to conquer big technological challenges. Success in these major endeavors will alter the trajectory of the future of humanity.

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.

Inmarsat begins Global Xpress roll-out

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2013 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The roll-out has begun for Britain's single biggest commercial space project.

Moon Express to send its new MX-1 lander to the moon by 2015

Posted in Hardware on 10th Dec, 2013 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
They want to mine the surface of the moon and establish our satellite as Earth's "eighth continent."

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.

ESA's Cryosat mission detects continued West Antarctic ice loss

Posted in Science on 11th Dec, 2013 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
West Antarctica continues to lose ice to the ocean and this loss appears to be accelerating, according to new data from Europe's Cryosat spacecraft.

YouTube suddenly begins flagging hundreds of game related videos for copyright violations

Posted in Games on 11th Dec, 2013 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
YouTube creators are getting nailed with copyright claims from companies that don't even own the flagged content.

China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2013 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon.

'Remarkable' rocks within reach of Jade Rabbit rover

Posted in Science on 17th Dec, 2013 04:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Some of the youngest lava flows on the Moon are within reach of China's Jade Rabbit rover, says a leading US lunar scientist.

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.

Could China Make claims to the Moon that could trigger a new space race?

Posted in Business on 19th Dec, 2013 01:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote in USA Today that he hopes China makes territorial claims to the moon to start a gold rush for space resources.

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.

Astronomers Figured Out How to Weigh Entire Planets Using Starlight

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2013 05:27 AM
by AlexMuller
A method to weigh an exoplanet by measuring the starlight that shines through its atmosphere.

Virgin to double the number who have been to space by 2016

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2013 02:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson also wants to get to 45 minute trips from USA to UK.

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.

Mars: First Radiation Measurements from Planet’s Surface

Posted in Science on 29th Dec, 2013 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
The measurements provide crucial information for human missions to Mars.

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.

Xenon ion and water cubesat engines for interplanetary cubesats with costs ten thousand times less

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket propulsion system powered by the Sun and water, which will push small spacecraft far beyond the Earth.

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.

SpaceX launches Thai satellite into orbit and is the second successful commercial launch in about 35 days

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2014 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Spacex is on run of successful commercial launches.

Golden Spike estimates that they could repeat Apollo manned mission to the moon

Posted in Business on 8th Jan, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Golden Spike has detailed plans for a lunar return using existing assets.

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.

Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health.

Cygnus cargo ship heads to space station

Posted in Science on 10th Jan, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
The American Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) has begun its first commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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.

Japan’s Launching a Giant Net Into Orbit to Scoop Up Space Junk

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Something must be done to deal with the estimated 100 million bits of man made space junk circling the planet, and Japan is taking the lead.

China's Jade Rabbit rover explores Moon soil

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover has completed its first examination of the lunar soil, state media claim.

Life on other planets could be far more widespread

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth sized planets can support life at least ten times farther away from stars than previously thought, according to researchers

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.

Rosetta: Alarm to sound for comet mission

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe's Rosetta probe was launched a decade ago on a long quest to chase down and land on a comet, and has spent the past years in hibernation to try to conserve power.

Penn State Students Seek Crowdfunding To Land A Hopping Rover On The Moon

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2014 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The Lunar Lion is designed to land and then take off again across the surface of the moon.

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.

Dream Chaser mini-shuttle given 2016 launch date

Posted in Science on 25th Jan, 2014 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has set 1 November, 2016, for the debut flight of its space shuttle replacement.

China Moon rover Jade Rabbit in trouble

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2014 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The malfunctioning rover presents the first public mishap China's ambitious space programme has experienced in years.

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.

Cancer Cells Tamed By Trip To Outer Space

Posted in Medicine on 1st Feb, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Low-gravity experiments may point the way toward more effective treatments on Earth.

Rogue asteroids may be the norm

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The new asteroid map suggests that the early solar system may have undergone dramatic changes before the planets assumed their current alignment.

Elon Musk could start making superlarge Mars colonization rocket in about 2024

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
“We’ve got to restore American ability to transport astronauts with domestic vehicles, and that’s what we hope to do in about two years."

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.

China's 'Jade Rabbit' lunar rover freezes to death on moon

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2014 04:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The lunar rover was supposed to enter hibernation for two Earth weeks (one lunar day), but it failed to fold up one of its solar panels and enter sleep mode.

Winter in the Antarctic Shows What It Will Take to Live on Mars

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2014 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Concordia station offers the isolation and hardships explorers will face on the Red Planet.

Red star rising: China's ascent to space superpower

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2014 04:50 AM
by AlexMuller
China's new-found footing off-world is changing the rules of today's space race: find out how the rest of the world is rethinking its strategies

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.

Europe's PLATO will hunt for habitable Earth-like planets

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Unlike Kepler, the European astronomers are looking for something very specific and more exciting: Earth-like rocky planets in their Sun-like stars’ habitable zones.

Branson insists he will be aboard first Virgin Galactic flight

Posted in Business on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Branson says SpaceShipTwo will enter service this year, with him and his children aboard, despite unproven technology.

How to catch a derelict satellite

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA’s Clean Space initiative plans to control space debris to reduce the environmental impact of the space industry on Earth and space alike.

'Biggest observed meteorite impact' hits Moon

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2014 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
It was almost as bright as the Pole Star, which makes it the brightest impact event that we have recorded from Earth.

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.

Mars meteorite hints at life on the red planet

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
With each passing year and every Mars mission, we find more evidence that life might have existed on the red planet.

Scientists Detect Water On Exoplanet, Opening New Chapter In Search For Alien Life

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets, including many that are similar to our own.

SpaceX has completed the first of three missions to qualify to launch military and spy satellites

Posted in Hardware on 1st Mar, 2014 02:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The start-up rocket-maker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, moved a step closer to launching military and spy satellites this week.

NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars

Posted in Science on 2nd Mar, 2014 01:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite is reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars.

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.

Operational Lunar Space Elevator planned by end of 2019

Posted in Hardware on 8th Mar, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
By the end of 2019, Liftport has the goal establish an operational Lunar Space Elevator.

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.

Massive impact sent Martian meteorites to Earth

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2014 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
We've found over 100 meteorites here on Earth that originate from Mars. But how did they get here?

New Tool Could Help Spot Alien Life

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth’s atmosphere is heavy and keeps water from flying off into space. So astronomers looking for alien worlds that can harbor life have also been looking for heavy atmospheres.

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.

NASA plans Mars Sample-Return Mission in 2022 with modified SpaceX Dragon capsule

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2014 04:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have blueprinted a low-cost Mars sample-return mission that would use a souped-up Dragon capsule from SpaceX.

SpaceX Wants to Send a Positively Massive Rocket to Mars

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is testing the waters with its new Raptor engine. It could be the engine that, if Elon Musk gets his wish, propels the first colonists to Mars.

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.

Cosmic inflation: 'Spectacular' discovery hailed

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2014 11:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say they have extraordinary new evidence to support a Big Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe.

Ancient Earth hammered by double space impact

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2014 04:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have outlined some of the best evidence yet for a double space impact, where an asteroid and its moon apparently struck Earth in tandem.

Mysterious New Gully Spotted on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2014 10:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Exactly what caused this Red Planet rivulet remains a mystery.

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.

SETI scientist says we'll find alien life within the century

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Like many others in the scientific community, for Dr. Shostak the question is not if we will discover alien life, but when.

Doubt cast on evidence for wet Moon

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have cast doubt on a major part of the case for the Moon having once held abundant water.

US Navy Explores Beaming Solar Power From Space

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
A complaint about renewable energy, including solar power, is that it does not generate energy all the time. At night or during cloudy weather, solar arrays don’t produce electricity.

This startup is test-driving buildings for a Martian colony in 2024

Posted in Hardware on 27th Mar, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Soon, we’ll be able to gauge what life might be like on Mars, despite never having landed a human being on the planet’s surface.

Europe begins Mars site selection

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2014 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (Esa) has published the "longlist" of eight sites it is considering as a destination for the ExoMars rover.

Comet lander checks in with Earth

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2014 01:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The Philae lander, which Europe hopes to put on the surface of a comet later this year, has been re-activated after three years in deep-space hibernation.

Multiverse Controversy Heats Up over Gravitational Waves

Posted in Science on 1st Apr, 2014 01:32 AM
by AlexMuller
The BICEP2 experiment’s potential discovery of spacetime ripples may provide support for the concept of many universes, but critics are unconvinced:

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.

Bacteria brews biofuel with potential to replace high-energy rocket fuel

Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2014 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
An engineered a bacterium that could yield a new source of high-energy hydrocarbon fuel for rocketry and other aerospace uses.

EU set to roll-out Sentinel space project

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest civil Earth-observation programme ever conceived begins its roll-out on Thursday with the launch of a radar satellite from French Guiana.

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.

DARPA's shooting robots into space to build satellites

Posted in Hardware on 8th Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The purpose of Phoenix is to send robots into outer space with everything they’d need to build satellites. Then have those robots build said satellites.

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.

Google's secret lab admits to exploring space elevator designs

Posted in Business on 17th Apr, 2014 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Space elevators are the pie-in-the-sky solution to all of humanity's space access problems.

Early air points to cold, dry Mars

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The Martian surface is inhospitable today, but is thought to have once been favorable to life.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' spotted by Kepler

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2014 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says.

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.

Spacex plan to recover and refly a first rocket stage in 2015

Posted in Hardware on 21st Apr, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
"We don't have to just recover it," Musk said. "We have to show that it can be reflown quickly and easily".

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.

Low-Cost Launches May Boost Chances For Space Solar Power

Posted in Science on 25th Apr, 2014 02:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Like SpaceX, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is conducting research into reusable launch as a way to cut the cost of space launch drastically.

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.

Government backs UK launch site plan for space tourism

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2014 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The government has backed plans for a four-fold expansion of the UK space industry to £40bn by 2030.

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.

Dim matter filaments herald birth of massive new galaxy

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
96 percent of the mass of the universe is dark matter, and just one percent is stars and galaxies.

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.

Bacteria from Earth can easily colonize Mars

Posted in Science on 5th May, 2014 11:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Bacteria from Earth could quickly colonize the surface of Mars, according to new research conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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.

Did an impact knock the Moon on its side?

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2014 10:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Some researchers are suggesting that the residual magnetic fields contain hints that the Moon was once flipped on its side by a violent event.

Escape dynamics aims to eliminate single use rockets in space flight

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
There’s a lesser-known company quietly at work at a private airport in Broomfield, Colorado, with a bold aspiration.

Russia eyeing the Moon for colonization

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The colony will eventually function as a staging ground for human expansion across the solar system.

Japan Plans to Have a Power Plant in Space in a Decade

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Japan, where the Fukushima meltdown heightened the search for safe, sustainable alternative energy, is answering that need by sending a power plant into space.

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.

Russia Loses $275M Satellite in Latest Rocket Failure

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2014 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian rocket carrying a $275 million satellite failed and burned up shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for Russia's once-pioneering space industry.

Japan's ambitious plan to put a sports drink on the Moon by 2015

Posted in Business on 16th May, 2014 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Many of us have dreamed of walking on the Moon, but one Japanese company seems to have had a sort of different goal in mind: advertising.

Intergalactic Entrepreneurs Prepare for Blast-Off

Posted in Science on 16th May, 2014 08:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A unique gathering of 13 companies showcases a coming year of launches.

The Moon’s about to get a bit more crowded with this new crowdfunding campaign

Posted in Online on 18th May, 2014 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In a new Indiegogo campaign, Israeli organization SpaceIL is seeking funding to get on the moon by the end of 2015.

Tiny KickSat Sprite satellites hitch ride into orbit

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2014 11:33 PM
by PlanetTech
Exploring space has long been the sole diversion of governments, big business and academics.

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.

Google may buy satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $1B

Posted in Science on 25th May, 2014 04:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Skybox Imaging uses satellites to record highly detailed images and videos of landscapes, and provides analytics services to businesses.

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.

A habitable environment on Martian volcano?

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
The Martian volcano Arsia Mons may have been home to one of the most recent habitable environments yet found on the Red Planet, geologists say.

Robot does mechanical surgery to heal itself outside the ISS

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time in history, a robot out in space has used its own mechanical dexterity to fix itself without any assistance from astronauts on the scene.

SpaceX's first manned spacecraft can carry seven passengers to the ISS and back

Posted in Hardware on 30th May, 2014 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk thinks the vessel will be ready by 2016.

Skylon 'spaceplane economics stack up'

Posted in Hardware on 31st May, 2014 02:40 AM
by AlexMuller
It appears a feasible proposition, economically. That is the conclusion of a study that considered a European launch service based on a Skylon re-usable spaceplane.

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.

Google reportedly plans to spend $1B on Internet satellites

Posted in Online on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
The Web giant plans to deploy 180 small satellites that would provide Internet access to underserved regions of the globe.

'Godzilla of Earths' identified

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth".

Hubble captures most comprehensive picture of the Universe

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evolving universe.

Milky Way may have 100 million life-giving planets

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2014 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
“It seems highly unlikely that we are alone.”

Traces of another world found on the Moon

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2014 02:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found evidence of the world that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago to form the Moon.

SpaceX targets hundreds of flights per year by 2030 and thousands per year by 2035

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk describes upgrades to the spacecraft that could allow Dragons to fly up to 10 times without significant refurbishment.

Virgin Galactic gets FAA approval

Posted in Business on 7th Jun, 2014 02:45 AM
by AlexMuller
The agreement with the FAA lays out rules that Virgin Galactic will need to follow to work with the National Airspace System.

Aircraft passengers to receive high-speed in-flight internet access

Posted in Online on 9th Jun, 2014 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Satellite communications firm Inmarsat has announced that it is to deliver a new broadband service for airline passengers in the EU.

Google & Virgin Galactic may team up for joint space venture

Posted in Business on 13th Jun, 2014 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Google wants to bring Internet access to the entire world, and it’s reportedly in talks with Virgin Galactic to help realize that vision.

Earth-Moon Smashup Happened Earlier Than Thought

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2014 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth's moon sprung to life much sooner than scientists thought, new research suggests.

There should be at least two larger than Earth size planets beyond Pluto

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2014 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Two supersized planets could lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system.

NASA Test Bed for Growing Earth Life on Mars to be developed

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A device for studying the survival of terrestrial life forms on the surface of Mars.

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.

Airbus and Safran team up to compete with SpaceX

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Last year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX officially entered the commercial space race.

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.

Cosmic inflation: Confidence lowered for Big Bang signal

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists who claimed to have found a pattern in the sky left by the expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang say they are now less confident of their result.

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.

The European Space Agency sets its sights on harpooning space debris

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
In 2021, as part of its Clean Space Initiative, ESA plans to launch the e.DeOrbit mission.

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.

Athena: Europe plans huge X-ray space telescope

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe has initiated the process that should lead to the biggest X-ray space telescope ever built.

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.

Newly discovered planet is the most Earth-like yet, scientists say

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2014 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers said the planet orbits a red giant star that’s just far enough away to reasonably support life (aka the habitable zone).

Giant space telescope could detect hints ot life on exoplanets

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Jul, 2014 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The telescope would be capable of analyzing the light from planets the size of the Earth in orbit around other nearby stars.

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.

Astronomy: Planets in chaos

Posted in Science on 3rd Jul, 2014 06:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form.

Frozen World Opens up the Door for Earth-like Planets

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2014 09:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery is expected to help astronomers better understand how Earth-like, or even potentially habitable, planets can form and how to find them.

Earth-like planets Gliese 581 g and d likely don't exist, study says

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2014 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New method to account for star signals another blow to controversial planets.

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.

Determining the age of stars with sound waves

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2014 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the long-standing difficulties in astrophysics has been a way to accurately determine the age of a star.

Early Flood Prediction Gets a Boost from Space

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2014 01:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have figured out a new way to predict which rivers are most at risk of dangerous flooding.

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.

Lift-off for two British demo satellites

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jul, 2014 01:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Two British spacecraft, including the first satellite made in Scotland, have launched to orbit.

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.

Mysterious Radio Burst Detected From Deep Space

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2014 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists Have 'No Handle on What They Are'

Scotland could be base for spaceport, says UK government

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2014 01:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Scotland could host the UK's first dedicated base for spaceplanes, according to new government plans.

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.

Spaceport Britain: 'No challenge is insurmountable'

Posted in Business on 17th Jul, 2014 02:36 AM
by AlexMuller
It's more than 40 years since Britain abandoned its own launch capability, cancelling the Black Arrow programme just as it successfully lofted the Prospero satellite.

DARPA announces Phase 1 of its XS-1 spaceplane program

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
It takes a lot more money and preparation to launch a rocket than to have a plane take off.

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.

ESA prepares IXV concept spaceplane for maiden flight

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2014 05:05 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency is preparing to test the atmospheric re-entry capabilities of its new early concept spaceplane.

Geologist says that Curiosity rover's images show Earth-like soils on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Soil deep in a crater dating to some 3.7 billion years ago contains evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter.

Research shows oceans are vital for the possibility of alien life

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2014 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The number of planets being discovered outside our solar system is rapidly increasing.

Is The Universe Is A Giant Bubble? Scientists To Test Theory

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2014 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are working to prove the multiverse hypothesis, a long-debated and controversial theory that the Universe is a giant bubble.

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.

Video shows SpaceX did soft land the Falcon 9 first stage last week

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jul, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Fully reusable rockets are widely considered the key to opening up the space frontier.

A new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence: targeting alien polluters

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds.

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.

Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster unexplained by known physics

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The Perseus Cluster is a collection of galaxies and one of the most massive known objects in the Universe.

Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Signs of ancient life could be littered across the moon, just waiting for an intrepid explorer to find them.

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”

SpaceX is building on its rocket business revolution

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jul, 2014 01:13 AM
by AlexMuller
CEO Elon Musk believes the time is coming where there will be thousands of launches each year.

Moon mystery: Why our Earth's satellite is lemon-shaped

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2014 02:35 AM
by AlexMuller
The early Moon was closer to Earth than today, so its shape may have been changed by the tides.

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.

Rosetta probe set to catch comet after ten year chase

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2014 02:59 AM
by AlexMuller
After a journey that has lasted a decade, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is now on its final approach to a comet.

The core of the moon is hot

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2014 12:57 AM
by AlexMuller
An international research team has found an extremely soft layer inside the Moon where heat is generated by the gravity of the Earth.

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.

Where Do You Draw the Line Between the Sky and Space?

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2014 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
It has been more than half a century since Gagarin's historic journey, but there is still no universally accepted definition of where space begins.

The Super-Imaging Satellite That Will Double Google Maps Resolution

Posted in Software on 15th Aug, 2014 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
The quality of commercial space-based imagery is about to take a quantum leap forward.

Near-Earth Asteroid Held Together by Unknown Force

Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The new discovery suggests better ways to deflect an incoming space rock.

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?

Black Holes? I’ll Take a Medium, Please

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2014 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists may have identified an intermediate-sized black hole for the very first time.

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.

Study Reveals Immune System is Dazed and Confused During Spaceflight

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2014 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Spaceflight may temporarily alter the immune system of crew members flying long duration missions aboard the International Space Station.

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.

Hints of elusive early stars found in our galaxy

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2014 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.

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.

Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit

Posted in Science on 26th Aug, 2014 02:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.

Northrop Grumman gives a look at its Experimental Spaceplane

Posted in Hardware on 26th Aug, 2014 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, has unveiled the preliminary design it is developing as part of DARPA’s XS-1 Spaceplane project.

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.

Holographic universe experiment begins

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2014 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The Holometer experiment will test whether our universe is coded into 2D packets many trillion times smaller than an atom.

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.

For SpaceX, the biggest challenges lie ahead

Posted in Science on 1st Sep, 2014 01:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has enjoyed an enviable 2014, but the real tests for the private space industry darling are still on the horizon.

DeOrbiter microsatellite could put wayard satellites back on track

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2014 12:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Effective Space Solutions says its DeOrbiter microsatellite could also be used to rescue renegade satellites.

Japan Is Launching An Asteroid Mining Space Program

Posted in Business on 4th Sep, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA and numerous private space companies have also announced plans for asteroid mining projects.

The Plan to Make the Moon an Enormous Detector of Cosmic Rays

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Where do these ultrahigh energy cosmic rays come from? Astronomers have a plan to find out, using the moon and a massive new radio telescope array.

Earth's new address:

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Analysis of galaxies shows local supercluster to be 100 times larger than previously thought.

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.

Meteorite leaves crater in Nicaraguan capital Managua

Posted in Science on 8th Sep, 2014 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Residents reported hearing a loud bang and feeling the impact, which left a crater 12m wide and 5m deep. The meteorite seemed to have broken off an asteroid passing close to Earth.

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.

NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Methane and oxygen molecules together are a reliable sign of biological activity because methane doesn't last long in an atmosphere containing oxygen-bearing molecules.

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.

Virgin Galactic Has Delayed its First Flight

Posted in Science on 13th Sep, 2014 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Those eager to make it into space on a plane may have more of a wait than they'd like though, because the company has had to push back its maiden voyage.

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.

What Is the Universe? Mind Bending Answers From Physics

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 07:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Science says the universe could be a hologram, a computer program, a black hole or a bubble; and there are ways to check.

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.

August was hottest on record worldwide, says NASA

Posted in Science on 18th Sep, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
2014 is shaping up to be an exceptionally warm year with May and June also the hottest ever.

3D printer to launch to the International Space Station

Posted in Hardware on 19th Sep, 2014 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The Zero-G is the first 3D printer designed to operate in zero gravity and that it has carried out over 30,000 hours of testing, including 400 microgravity parabola flights.

When dark matter collides

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are closer to seeing a vast, invisible universe.

Mousetronauts To Live In Space For the Longest Stretch Yet

Posted in Science on 21st Sep, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The record-breaking rodents will travel to the International Space Station this weekend.

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.

Nvidia used global illumination to prove we did land men on the moon

Posted in Software on 21st Sep, 2014 10:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Conspiracy theorists have argued that the 1969 image of Buzz Aldrin descending the ladder wasn’t possible because Aldrin should have been in the shadow of the lander.

Brian Cox: 'Multiverse' makes sense

Posted in Science on 23rd Sep, 2014 10:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The presenter and physicist Brian Cox says he supports the idea that many universes can exist at the same time.

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.

Virgin Galactic Wants to Fly You From LA to Tokyo

Posted in Science on 24th Sep, 2014 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Except in this version, you'll travel through space and be able to fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in an hour.

Earth is Facing an Impending Magnetic Field Flip

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2014 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A geomagnetic reversal may happen sooner than expected.

Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have found the beginnings of life-bearing chemistry at the centre of the galaxy.

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.

Asteroid Act could unlock billions of dollars in asteroid mining

Posted in Business on 29th Sep, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Companies want to mine asteroids for fuel, and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help by allowing them to own what they discover.

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?

Four sites vie for European ExoMars landing

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2014 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency has identified the four locations on Mars where it could send a rover in 2018.

Moon's hidden valley system revealed

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2014 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is buried just below the surface.

Elon Musk believes colonizing Mars will save humanity

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk says that he's fighting to colonize Mars because he feels he must do all he can to keep the flame of humanity alive.

The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space

Posted in Hardware on 5th Oct, 2014 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
It's a risky but well-considered plan to create a workable transit system between the ground and a set point outside the Earth's atmosphere.

How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2014 10:41 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2018, a group of organizations from all of the world will begin construction of the largest radio telescope ever built.

App turns a smartphone into a pocket-sized cosmic ray detector

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2014 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
A new app can help turn your smartphone into a detector of cosmic rays thought to emanate from supernovae.

Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions.

Inflatable private room to dock to ISS, commercialise space

Posted in Hardware on 8th Oct, 2014 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is on track to launch in 2015, and will be attached to the International Space Station to test the technology.

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.

How to Measure Distance in Space

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Looking up to the stars, it can sometimes feel like everything sits on a single, two-dimensional sheet held up above us. How do we know it doesn't?

Secret space plane finally lands after 663 days in space

Posted in Hardware on 13th Oct, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
The US Air Force is preparing to land X-37B, a kind of robotic space plane that has spent a record 665 consecutive days in space.

Volcanoes Erupted On The Moon Within The Past 100 Million Years

Posted in Science on 14th Oct, 2014 02:03 PM
by AlexMuller
On the cosmic timeline, that’s basically yesterday.

Rosetta mission: Comet landing gets green light

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2014 09:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The descent to the 4km-wide comet is expected to take about seven hours. Success or failure will be known roughly 30 minutes after that.

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.

Mars One design not feasible, MIT researchers find

Posted in Business on 16th Oct, 2014 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT researchers have developed a detailed settlement analysis tool to assess the feasibility of the Mars One plans to establish the first human colony on Mars by 2025.

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.

Could the moon provide all of Earth's power?

Posted in Business on 18th Oct, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Shimizu Corporation has a proposition that could end the world’s energy crisis by generating all of Earth’s power on the moon.

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.

Virgin Galactic Ready for Another Round of Space Testing

Posted in Hardware on 20th Oct, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Virgin Galactic has been plagued with problems that have seen its projected consumer launch date pushed further and further back.

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

Robot will beam live Moon pictures to Oculus Rift users in virtual reality

Posted in Software on 22nd Oct, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a robot which they plan to land on the Moon to act as eyes for Earth-bound space enthusiasts.

China Launches First Privately Funded Moon Mission Today

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The main purpose is to try out tech that could get moon dirt and rocks to Earth.

What does the next generation telescope need to detect life?

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Almost 2,000 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date. Yet, we still know little about these alien worlds, especially their atmospheres.

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.

Google's Alan Eustace beats Baumgartner's skydiving record

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A senior Google vice president, Alan Eustace, has broken the world altitude record for a parachute jump set in 2012 by Austrian Felix Baumgartner.

SpaceX Plans to Start Reusing Rockets Next Year

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2014 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is building an ocean-based landing pad so that it can reuse its launch vehicles.

Test Version of Planetary Resources Space telescope Scheduled to Launch Today

Posted in Hardware on 27th Oct, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
More than 1,500 asteroids are as easy to reach as the Moon and are in similar orbits as Earth.

Astronomers discover first "ice giant" exoplanet

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
This is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for our so-called “ice giant” planets, Uranus and Neptune.

SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 booster December 9th on a floating platform and then reuse it

Posted in Hardware on 28th Oct, 2014 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Being able to reuse all the hardware for multiple flights could potentially slash the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 10 or much more.

Antares rocket explosion destroyed 26 satellites built by San Francisco’s Planet Labs

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2014 08:43 PM
by AlexMuller
An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded shortly after its launch from the US state of Virginia.

Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash kills one

Posted in Science on 31st Oct, 2014 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Halloween is turning into a nightmare for the spaceflight industry.

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.

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson: 'The dream lives on'

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2014 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said in a Saturday press conference that he was “determined to find out what went wrong”

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.

Virgin Galactic crash: Descent system 'deployed early'

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A safety device on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft that crashed on Friday killing a test pilot had been deployed early, US investigators say.

Earth’s water has been present since the planet’s earliest days

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies of meteorite samples known to have come from the protoplanet Vesta indicate Earth’s surface had water much earlier than scientists previously believed.

Orbital Sciences set to retire suspect motor in rocket explosion

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2014 11:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Yes, that old soviet engine probably blew up Antares.

Roscosmos to test its Moon base on Earth

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Russian space agency Roscosmos will build a prototype of the base it plans to build on the Moon beyond 2030 on Earth.

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2014 12:37 AM
by AlexMuller
More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers have volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?

Elon Musk wants to bring the whole world online with affordable satellites

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google, Elon Musk is setting his sights on bringing the world online with cheap satellites.

Gaia space observatory could discover 70,000 new Jupiters

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
After a 20-year search, astronomers have uncovered a grand total of 1,900 planets residing outside of the Solar System.

Background light suggests many stars 'outside galaxies'

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study of the universe's background light has suggested that as many as half its stars might be hidden in the space between galaxies.

PlanetTech News interviews Made In Space:

Posted in Interviews on 10th Nov, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Made In Space have just sent a Zero-G 3D printer to the International Space Station. The sky is no longer the limit for 3D printing.

Despite Antares and Virgin Galactic setbacks, space entrepreneurship is about to be huge

Posted in Hardware on 12th Nov, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
In conversations on and off stage, all sounded a common theme: We are on the cusp of an exciting new era in space entrepreneurship.

Virgin Galactic Crash May Lead To New Regulations For Private Spaceflight

Posted in Business on 12th Nov, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The FAA considers putting rules in place for a growing industry.

Philae makes historic first landing on comet

Posted in Hardware on 12th Nov, 2014 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
History was made today as a spacecraft the size of a fridge executed the first successful landing on a comet.

Virgin Galactic pilot recounts how he survived being ejected at 50,000 feet

Posted in Science on 13th Nov, 2014 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
We finally have a clearer picture of what happened 9 miles up in the air that day.

The Plan to Map Illegal Fishing From Space

Posted in Science on 14th Nov, 2014 10:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Illicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers.

Private spaceflight will survive tragedy because we choose to dream big

Posted in Business on 14th Nov, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
In space travel, there have been 18 in-flight fatalities, as compared to the more than 3 million car related deaths since the automobile.

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.

Tiny Satellites Could Bring Internet Access To The Entire Planet

Posted in Online on 16th Nov, 2014 07:38 PM
by AlexMuller
While cell phones are pervasive in developing countries, 4.3 billion people still lack access to the Internet.

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.

Why didn't the universe collapse after the Big Bang?

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2014 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Gravity may soon get the credit for saving the whole universe.

UK 'to lead moon landing' funded by public contributions

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2014 10:13 PM
by AlexMuller
A British-led consortium has outlined its plans to land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years' time.

Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2014 10:26 PM
by AlexMuller
GPS has a new job. It does a great job of telling us our location, but the network of hyper-accurate clocks in space could get a fix on something far more elusive: dark matter.

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.

Norway to grow food crops in space

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2014 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in space.

Elon Musk teases new fins for reusable rockets, autonomous spaceport ships

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Eon Musk is probably the most interesting person in private space technology right now.

Scientists want to bring the moon closer with virtual reality

Posted in Games on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
By pairing the spacefaring robot with Oculus Rift headsets here on Earth; turn your head and the robot on the moon will supposedly turn in tandem via head-tracking.

Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies

Posted in Science on 24th Nov, 2014 11:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Stellar explosions called gamma ray bursts emit beams of radiation that could render 90% of galaxies barren of complex life.

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.

A new gravity map from the Goce satellite traces ocean circulation

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2014 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

The First 3D Printer in Space 3D Printed its First Object

Posted in Hardware on 26th Nov, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Humans are now manufacturing things in space. This has never been done before.

DNA molecule survives critical entry into Earth's atmosphere

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2014 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Various scientists believe that DNA could certainly reach us from outer space.

Invisible Shield Around the Earth Protects from 'Killer Electrons'

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2014 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
An invisible shield hovering 7,200 miles above our atmosphere is protecting Earth from "killer electrons" with the power to harm astronauts and fry satellites.

Amazing short film imagines the future of space exploration

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 10:33 PM
by AlexMuller
4 minutes. Watch it fullscreen in HD. Trust me on this one guys!

Meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birth

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Accurate measurements of magnetic fields trapped in grains within a primitive meteorite are providing important clues to how the early solar system evolved.

Ministers to chart Ariane rocket's future

Posted in Business on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Key decisions on Europe's capability and activity in space will be taken by research ministers on Tuesday.

Carnegie Mellon unveils Andy lunar rover

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled unmanned rover designed to explore the rough terrain and recently discovered pits of the Moon.

Should we mine the Moon?

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Earth’s closest celestial neighbour seems likely to play a major role and already a number of private companies have been created to explore the possibilities.

The other reusable rocket company, Blue Origin says it should be flying to orbit in 2019

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2014 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says his vision is he wants to see millions of people living and working in space.

UK lead role in Mars mission

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2014 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has announced the UK will play the "lead role" in Europe's ExoMars mission to the Red Planet.

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.

Success with the ground-based detection of super-earth exoplanets

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a nearby star using a ground-based telescope for the first time.

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.

Earth's Early Atmosphere Obliterated by Space Rocks

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have long wondered the cause behind such dramatic atmospheric losses, and now a team from MIT may have found the answer.

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.

Your Run-of-the-Mill Digital Camera Can Now Detect Alien Planets

Posted in Hardware on 8th Dec, 2014 08:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Modern tech, it would seem, is taking homebrew astronomy to new heights.

UK researchers set out goals for Lunar Mission One

Posted in Science on 8th Dec, 2014 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Lunar Mission One: to deeply drill where no one has drilled before.

SpaceX to Try to Land Rocket on Floating Platform Next Week

Posted in Hardware on 9th Dec, 2014 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
This is important. Elon Musk says the technology could cut the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100.

Earth's water probably didn't come from comets, Rosetta scientists say

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2014 09:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The new data is important for answering questions about the origins of water on Earth, but not everyone is convinced.

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.

Top 10 physics breakthroughs listed

Posted in Science on 13th Dec, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Landing on a comet, nuclear fusion with lasers and a tractor beam are among the 10 physics breakthroughs of 2014, as chosen by a leading science magazine.

How did life become complex, and could it happen beyond Earth?

Posted in Science on 15th Dec, 2014 01:57 AM
by AlexMuller
How did the chemistry evolve to get life to where we are today? What transitions took place?

Google Glass is Headed to the ISS

Posted in Hardware on 15th Dec, 2014 11:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Tomorrow's SpaceX launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida will send the wearable device spaceward.

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.

Some exoplanets may get squished by gravity from stars

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2014 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have caught glimpses of planets that may be less dense than Styrofoam, some with two suns, and others believed to be made of diamond.

Lunar Mission Kickstarter Campaign Meets its Funding Target

Posted in Science on 17th Dec, 2014 07:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The people have spoken, and they want to drill the moon.

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.

SpaceX’s resupply mission gets postponed (again)

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
The fifth ISS commercial resupply mission has been delayed to no earlier than January 6th.

Google Lunar XPrize deadline extended to 2016

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Milestone Prize winners to be announced in January.

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.

A 3D Printed Moon Base: Science Fiction?

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:10 AM
by AlexMuller
One day everything that can be made in space will be made in space, and this will radically increase the potential for human space exploration.

NASA is 3D printing things in space like crazy

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2014 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A month later, the printer has produced 20 objects based on 13 different blueprints.

We Found a New and Cheaper Way to Get to Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:31 AM
by AlexMuller
There are reasons why getting from Earth to Mars is hard, among them are 1) the massive amount of fuel needed and 2) a launch window that is limited to every 26 months.

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.

Larry Page: Rather Leave Billions to Elon Musk Than Charity

Posted in Business on 28th Dec, 2014 09:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of giving it to a philanthropic organization, he'd rather hand over his cash to Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and Solar City.

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.

Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy

Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2014 10:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe.

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.

Simulation creates a universe with galaxies like the real deal

Posted in Software on 31st Dec, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have created a simulation of the universe that includes realistic galaxies enabling better research into how the cosmos evolved over the past 14 billion years.

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.

Another Russian Company Wants to Build a Base on the Moon

Posted in Science on 2nd Jan, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian company says that it is capable of constructing an exploration base on the moon, which will cost in the region of £6 billion.

Growing greens on the Red Planet

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2015 02:33 AM
by AlexMuller
When the first living visitor from Earth lands on Mars we might well expect it to be a man or a woman, but if students have their way, it could be one small step for a lettuce.

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.

Branson reaffirms commitment to Virgin Galactic after crash

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2015 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Virgin Galactic must go on.

From runway to orbit and back

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2015 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A spaceplane, a craft that can take off from a runway like an aeroplane, fly up into orbit to deliver a payload, and then glide back to Earth for a runway landing. Nothing has ever come of them. Even so, the dream persists.

'Alien Earth' is among eight new far-off planets

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
One of eight new planets spied in distant solar systems has usurped the title of 'most Earth-like alien world', astronomers have said.

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.

SpaceX has to wait until mid-2015 to bid on Air Force rocket launches

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2015 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
By mid-2015, SpaceX might finally be able to compete for some of the 36 or so rocket launches the US Air Force is planning.

Spacex first stage reaches the barge but landing was too hard; ISS mission was success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jan, 2015 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk tweets: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.

Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000

Posted in Science on 11th Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Kepler space telescope's count of exoplanets has passed the magic 1,000 mark, including eight new "habitable" planets and 544 candidate planets.

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.

SpaceX: game-changing rocket reusability seems likely within months

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jan, 2015 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX understands that the key to massively reducing launch costs is to minimize the degree to which hardware is thrown way.

Elon Musk Eyes Seattle HQ for Mars Planning

Posted in Science on 14th Jan, 2015 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The SpaceX boss promised details about a Mars transport system towards the end of this year.

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.

Lost Beagle2 probe found 'intact' on Mars

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The missing Mars robot Beagle2 has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact.

Billions of Exoplanets Are Looking More Habitable

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 02:05 AM
by PlanetTech
A new astrophysics study just raised the chances for finding life on exoplanets across the universe.

ESA spaceplane launch gets green light

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (ESA) has given the green light for the launch of its unmanned spaceplane, Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV).

Musk spills details on SpaceX's internet venture

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk doesn't only plan to bring the whole world online using a fleet of low-cost communication satellites, he also wants to use the same infrastructure to provide internet on Mars.

A twist on planetary origins

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2015 07:23 PM
by AlexMuller
'The early solar system was more violent than expected: You had these massive sprays of molten material getting ejected out from these really big impacts. It's an extreme process.'

ESA to host a workshop aimed at cleaning up the junk in low-Earth orbit

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2015 03:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Orbits frequented by communications satellites are becoming more hazardous, as man-made debris presents an increasing danger.

Mysterious cosmic burst of radio waves detected

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2015 05:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The burst could have hurled out as much energy in a few milliseconds as the Sun does in an entire day.

SpaceX closes the deal to get $1bn from Google and Fidelity

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The firms together own just under 10% of SpaceX, valued at $10bn. It said the money would go towards innovation in space transport and satellite manufacturing.

China planning enormous new rocket for its space program

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The diameter of the Long March-9 should be 8 to 10 meters, and its weight at launch should be at least 3,000 metric tons.

SpaceX and U.S. Air Force reach settlement on rocket program

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jan, 2015 07:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The settlement, SpaceX said, improves the competitive landscape and achieves mission assurance for national security space launches.

Aragoscope is space telescope system that could achieve 1000 times higher resolution than Hubble

Posted in Hardware on 24th Jan, 2015 08:08 PM
by AlexMuller
A new space telescope concept could allow scientists to image space objects like black hole event horizons and plasma swaps between stars

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.

Could we travel to other parts of our galaxy via a giant wormhole?

Posted in Science on 25th Jan, 2015 03:53 PM
by AlexMuller
There could be a space-time tunnel (wormhole) in our galaxy that would allow us to travel to a distant location.

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.

Innovators from around the globe are going for the moon

Posted in Science on 27th Jan, 2015 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Five teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE have just been awarded a combined $5.25 million for meeting significant milestones.

Elon Musk plans for 4000 toaster sized micro-satellite network for global internet

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2015 04:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has proposed a network of some 4,000 micro-satellites to provide wireless broadband Internet services around the globe.

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2015 01:34 AM
by AlexMuller
At 11.2 billion years old, it proves that such planets have formed throughout the history of the Universe.

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.

To keep airplanes on the map, track them from space

Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2015 03:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology exists, but will airlines use it?

Evidence for Cosmic Inflation Theory Bites the (Space) Dust

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
It is the announcement no one wanted to hear: The most exciting astronomical discovery of 2014 has vanished.

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.

Incredible video shows how SpaceX plans to land largest rocket in the world

Posted in Science on 2nd Feb, 2015 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has released a new video this week demonstrating just what it plans to do with its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket.

Shackleton Energy Company aims to mine the moon

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:08 PM
by AlexMuller
There are billions of tons of ice on the poles of the Moon. Shackleton Energy plans to extract lunar water ice, turn it into rocket fuel and create fuel stations in Earth's orbit.

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.

The US is Planning How to Regulate the Moon

Posted in Business on 4th Feb, 2015 04:59 PM
by AlexMuller
The US's Federal Aviation Administration will extend its framework for licensing space launches to licensing developments on the Moon.

Scientists predict Earth-like planets around most stars

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2015 05:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Planetary scientists have calculated that there are hundreds of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy which might support life.

Planck telescope puts new datestamp on first stars

Posted in Hardware on 5th Feb, 2015 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The first stars in the Universe lit up later than was previously thought.

Off World 3D Printing Is How Humans Will Colonize Space

Posted in Hardware on 7th Feb, 2015 08:28 PM
by AlexMuller
3D printing has recently emerged as a force poised to disrupt a significant portion of the $10 trillion global manufacturing industry.

Watch how DARPA plans to launch small rockets from jets

Posted in Hardware on 8th Feb, 2015 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Small satellites are usually launched to space as secondary payloads aboard big rockets, but DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program could change that.

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.

SpaceX launches DSCOVR 'space weather' satellite

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing of the rocket's first stage on the drone ship did not go ahead due to stormy seas.

ESA successfully test flies mini-spaceplane

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The future of space travel is all about rapid reusability.

Might a resource 'Gold Rush' on the Moon Trigger the Next Epic Space Race?

Posted in Business on 12th Feb, 2015 07:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Shackleton Energy Company says it aims to mine lunar water. Why? To stock low-Earth orbit gas stations with Moon-made rocket fuel.

Twinkle mission to take a closer look at exoplanet atmospheres

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The Twinkle satellite will look at the atmospheres of exoplanets to seek more definite signs of life.

Scientists from SETI believe its time to 'try to contact aliens'

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2015 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at a US science conference have said it is now time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds.

A tour of places in our own solar system where we might find life

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Where to look for life in space.

Mysterious haze in Mars' atmosphere baffles scientists

Posted in Science on 17th Feb, 2015 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A mysterious haze high above Mars has left scientists scratching their heads.

An alien star system buzzed past the Sun 70,000 years ago

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 05:08 PM
by AlexMuller
An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have announced. No other star is known to have approached this close to us.

How Off-World Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials.

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.

Rocket flown through northern lights to help unlock space weather mysteries

Posted in Science on 20th Feb, 2015 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The northern lights are an electromagnetic phenomena that can adversely affect power grids and communications systems.

Could dark matter cause some mass extinctions?

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2015 05:31 PM
by AlexMuller
In Earth’s path through our Galaxy, dark matter may perturb comets and lead to heating in the Earth’s core, both of which could be connected with mass extinctions.

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.

Mars Express images help decipher the geological history of the Red Planet

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has provided a fresh look at a region believed to be hiding large volumes of water ice just beneath the surface.

A giant balloon could float you to the edge of space

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2015 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
World View sets a new record in the quest to conquer the stratosphere.

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.

Tech demo lets you visit the International Space Station in VR

Posted in Games on 1st Mar, 2015 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Earthlight lets you explore the outside of the International Space Station through an Oculus Rift headset, with Microsoft Kinect 2 motion tracking of your hands and arms.

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying two satellites

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Mar, 2015 08:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The rockets are designed to be recoverable, but they have had trouble landing the craft successfully.

Giant Asteroid Collision May Have Radically Transformed Mars

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that Mars was once hit by an asteroid so large that it melted nearly half of the planet’s surface.

Looking deeply into the universe in 3D

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 02:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever 3D view of the deep universe.

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.

Galactic 'rain' could be the key to new star formation

Posted in Science on 7th Mar, 2015 07:41 PM
by AlexMuller
When conditions are right, these cooling gas clouds help make stars.

NASA seeks to understand vision changes due to microgravity

Posted in Medicine on 7th Mar, 2015 08:09 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA hopes that a new experiment will shed light on the causes of vision loss and deformation to the structure of the eye often suffered by astronauts during a stay on the ISS.

The technology inside a satellite may soon scan your skin for cancer

Posted in Medicine on 9th Mar, 2015 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The hardware within this satellite may, in a few years, form the core of a new medical device that doctors can use to scan human skin for disease.

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.

China’s Yutu lunar rover found evidence of multiple volcanic floods

Posted in Science on 13th Mar, 2015 01:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Ground-penetrating radar identifies four distinct subsurface layers.

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.

Superefficient cubesat propulsion that is also 10 times cheaper than alternatives

Posted in Hardware on 14th Mar, 2015 09:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications.

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.

SpaceX will more than double rocket engine production in two years

Posted in Hardware on 17th Mar, 2015 11:33 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX expects to produce at least 180 rocket engines this year, with that number set to increase to 240 next year, and 400 in 2017.

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.

Lava tubes could be safe enough for a Moon base

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2015 08:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Natural tunnels known as lava tubes could safely house permanent bases on the Moon, scientists have said.

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.

'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.

Search for extraterrestrial intelligence extends to near-infrared optical signals

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2015 08:53 AM
by AlexMuller
New instrument will scan the sky for coded pulses of infrared light.

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.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX buying $90 million of Elon Musk’s Solar City solar bonds

Posted in Business on 31st Mar, 2015 08:13 PM
by AlexMuller
SolarCity, one of the world’s largest installers of solar panels, said today that SpaceX is investing in $90 million worth of its solar bonds.

ESA tests the potential of grabbing derelict satellites using a simple net

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2015 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept that would allow satellites to net and de-orbit dangerous space debris in a safe and controlled manner.

Mars beckons for European satellite

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite Europe will be sending to Mars early next year is about to undergo its final test programme.

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.

Spacecraft Traveling Close to Light Speed Should Be Visible with Current Technology, Say Engineers

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Spacecraft interact with the cosmic microwave background to produce a light signature. That means we should be able to spot any nearby.

Spiderlike Robots Could Build Giant Space Structures

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Humanity could soon be building huge structures in space one piece at a time, the way spiders spin their webs here on Earth.

Star's birth glimpsed 'in real time'

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have witnessed a key stage in the birth of a very heavy star, using two radio telescope views of the process taken 18 years apart.

Water: There's so much of it in our solar system and beyond, says NASA

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Hunting for habitable worlds would mean looking for where there is water. However, the Universe may very well be awash with the stuff.

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."

Multiple studies address riddles of the Moon's origin

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2015 03:17 PM
by AlexMuller
The Moon may have been formed by a collision between Earth and an object that was strikingly similar in composition to our own planet.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company will test reusable spacecraft later this year

Posted in Hardware on 10th Apr, 2015 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Blue Origin announced that it is planning unmanned test flights of its new engine and cargo capsule later this year.

150 billion cubic meters of water ice on Mars in glaciers covered by dust

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2015 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies have now calculated the size of the glaciers and thus the amount of water. It is the equivalent of all of Mars being covered by more than one meter of ice.

Complex organic molecules discovered in infant star system

Posted in Science on 10th Apr, 2015 08:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Hints that prebiotic organic chemistry is universal.

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.

Artificial muscles set for a stretch in space

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
In addition to better prosthetic devices, it is hoped the material could find applications in robots on deep space missions.

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.

United Launch Alliance developing reusable rocket called Vulcan

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2015 01:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The rocket could launch as soon as 2019. Its a response to competition from SpaceX and pressure to phase out the Russian engine powering its Atlas V rocket.

SpaceX's CRS-6 mission launched successfully

Posted in Hardware on 14th Apr, 2015 10:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk: 'Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.'

Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly'

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2015 07:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Dark matter makes up 27% of the known Universe. For the first time, it may have been caught interacting with other dark matter in a cluster 1.4 billion light-years away.

Lasers could be used to zap hazardous orbital debris

Posted in Hardware on 18th Apr, 2015 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Orbital debris is becoming a hazard to satellites and other spacecraft, which is why various groups have proposed concepts such as gas clouds, nets and sails for collecting it.

JAXA plans Japan’s first moon shot in 2018

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
JAXA has said it will use probes to study the possible use of materials on the moon as well as its environment, which could pave the way for future manned missions.

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.

XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2015 04:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon.

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.

The first 3D printed rocket will launch soon

Posted in Hardware on 24th Apr, 2015 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Parts of the rocket engine are made with 3D printers, using a specific method which includes electron beam melting. This method massively decreases the rocket's construction time.

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.

SABRE engine concept passes US Air Force feasibilty test

Posted in Hardware on 26th Apr, 2015 10:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Reaction Engines' Skylon reusable spaceplane project has been given a boost, with analysis confirming the feasibility of the SABRE engine cycle concept that lies at its heart.

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.

Russian spacecraft Progress M-27M 'out of control'

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2015 06:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station is out of control and is now likely to break up on re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

Hidden water below Antarctica provides hope for life on Mars

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2015 06:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Antarctica is the Earth environment that most resembles Mars.

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.

Pluto may have ice cap at pole

Posted in Science on 30th Apr, 2015 09:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Pluto may have a polar ice cap. This is the prospect revealed in the latest images to come down from the New Horizons spacecraft.

Blue Origin's rocket flies 58 miles high in test flight

Posted in Hardware on 1st May, 2015 05:22 PM
by AlexMuller
New Shepard; the primary rocket from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight venture, Blue Origin, flew a successful test flight.

Europe's Next Space Chief Wants a Moon Colony on the Lunar Far Side

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2015 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The incoming leader of the European Space Agency is keen on establishing an international base on the moon as a next step outpost beyond the International Space Station.

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?

Out of control Russian spacecraft burns up in Earth's atmosphere

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2015 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The Russian space agency says that its out-of-control spacecraft has burnt up as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.

Asteroid-Mining Company to Deploy 1st Satellite This Summer

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2015 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources' Arkyd-3R probe currently sits aboard the International Space Station and is scheduled to be deployed sometime in July.

Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris

Posted in Science on 10th May, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth.

Sentinel to measure ocean height

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2015 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Sentinel-6a is likely to go into orbit in 2020 on an American rocket. It will measure changes in the height of the oceans, a key indicator for understanding weather and climate.

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.

Powerful new radio telescope array monitors the entire sky 24/7 in real time

Posted in Hardware on 13th May, 2015 09:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A new telescope array can image the entire sky, helping astronomers to search for objects that pulse, flicker, flare, or explode.

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.

Russia delays ISS astronauts' return after Progress failure

Posted in Science on 13th May, 2015 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
There are currently six astronauts on board the International Space Station. Russia has delayed the return of three astronauts following the failure of its supply spaceship.

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.

Russian rocket carrying satellite burns up over Siberia

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's space programme has experienced a series of mishaps in recent months.

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.

Startup Beams the Web’s Most Important Content from Space

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
By renting communications satellites, Outernet is currently blanketing about half Earth’s surface with a signal that transmits data.

NASA's new CubeSat concept for planetary exploration beyond low Earth orbit

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2015 08:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept that would use less-expensive cubesats (tiny-satellites) to observe physical phenomena beyond low-Earth-orbit.

Advanced Ligo gravitational wave hunt is green lit

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the great physics experiments of our age looks ready to begin its quest: A pair of widely separated laboratories will be hunting for gravitational waves.

Solar sail mission launches with X-37B spaceplane

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2015 11:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The light-propelled LightSail is a CubeSat about the size of a loaf of bread, built by the Planetary Society as a technology demonstrator for a non-rocket propulsion system.

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.

Software problem 'pauses' LightSail mission

Posted in Software on 29th May, 2015 09:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society says that its LightSail solar sail mission has been 'paused' due to a software glitch, which has frozen the onboard computer.

SpaceX Gets Certified For National Security Launches

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2015 06:12 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has certification from Space and Missile Systems Center. This is important for the launch industry, Pentagon, Air Force and the Intelligence Community.

LightSail spacecraft is back in touch with Earth after rebooting itself

Posted in Software on 31st May, 2015 10:30 PM
by AlexMuller
About a week after its launch on May 20th, LightSail lost the ability to send data to the crew because of a software glitch.

Student proves existence of plasma tubes floating above Earth

Posted in Science on 2nd Jun, 2015 06:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Giant, invisible, moving plasma tubes fill the skies above Earth.

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.

All systems go for construction of world's largest optical telescope

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jun, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
When fully operational, the Giant Magellan Telescope will look further into space and farther back in time than any telescope ever made.

Virgin Galactic pilot recalls October's crash

Posted in Business on 4th Jun, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson is under pressure to prove his dream can still come true.

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.

Earth Organisms Could Survive on Mars

Posted in Science on 6th Jun, 2015 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Mars is known for its hostile, low-pressure environment, but despite that fact a study shows that Earth organisms (Archaea) could indeed survive on the Red Planet.

Airbus unveils 'Adeline' re-usable rocket concept

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus, which leads the production of Europe's Ariane rocket, has developed a concept that could make future vehicles partially re-usable.

LightSail Drama Continues as Spacecraft Wakes for Second Time

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jun, 2015 09:21 PM
by AlexMuller
LightSail is back in business, following the second extended outage of the test spacecraft’s mission.

First ever glass deposits found on the surface of Mars

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The glass was created when meteorites slammed into the Martian surface with enough force to melt some of the rocks, which then cooled, turning them into impact glass.

LightSail Test Mission Declared Success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jun, 2015 07:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission successfully completed its primary objective of deploying a solar sail in low-Earth orbit.

SpaceX reportedly files with the FCC to offer Web access worldwide via satellite

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jun, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX’s tests will determine if its antenna technology can deliver high-speed internet access to devices on the ground.

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.

Chaotic orbital interactions keep flipping Pluto's moons

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Inhabitants of two of Pluto’s moons, Nix or Hydra, would not know when each day would begin and from which direction the Sun would rise.

China confirms test of new hypersonic strike vehicle 'Wu-14'

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jun, 2015 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The strategic strike weapon is extremely advanced and can travel at 10 times the speed of sound.

Philae comet lander wakes up, says European Space Agency

Posted in Science on 15th Jun, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA says its comet lander has woken up and contacted Earth. Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P.

MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2015 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Engineers have developed a solar-powered inflatable pod that could allow astronauts to spend days on the lunar surface without having to return to base for life support.

Airbus to build giant internet satellite network

Posted in Business on 16th Jun, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus has been contracted to build the world's largest satellite constellation as the race for global satellite internet heats up.

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.

Astronomers spot first-generation stars, made from the big bang

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Made of essentially only hydrogen and helium, these population III stars are predicted to be enormous in size and to live fast and die young.

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.

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.

Urthecast video cameras to circle the globe

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Urthecast plans to put a 16 satellites in orbit to image the Earth. It says it wants to to enable new "Big Data" applications and even social media sharing.

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
DARPA believes that it's on the way to creating organisms capable of terraforming Mars into a planet that looks more like Earth.

Chinese scientists persue dreams of solar-powered space flight

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of Chinese scientists believe they could one day develop a fuel-free spacecraft that would be able fly through deep space using only light from the sun.

OneWeb satellite operator eyes huge rocket campaign

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2015 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest commercial rocket campaign in history has been announced by OneWeb. The company has acquired more than 60 launchers to put up its satellite broadband network.

Audi helping to make a rover for Google's Lunar Xprize

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Audi has announced that it's teaming up with Part-Time Scientists, a German team working to put its rover on the moon.

SpaceX recounts past mistakes before next barge test landing

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has published a post explaining how its Falcon 9 is designed to be able to fly back home, and also revisiting its failed barge landings in January and in April.

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.

Earth's colossal crater count complete

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2015 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that all of the big impact craters on the planet's surface have been found, leaving none to be discovered.

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'

Reaction Engines UK will have new tests of their Skylon Single stage to orbit Spaceplane engine prototype

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jun, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The engine requires a novel design to allow operation in both air-breathing and rocket modes.

The Air Force sent a self destruct command to the faulty SpaceX rocket

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jul, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The Air Force has just announced that its safety officers sent the command for the rocket to destroy itself after it started to malfunction.

Even 11+ Billion-Year-Old Stars Have Earth-Like Planets

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A clear indication that such planets have formed in the Milky Way long before the Earth.

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.

Big Rip will end the universe, scientists claim

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The Big Rip is that eventually even the constituents of matter would start separating from each other. All the atoms would be ripped apart.

Progress 60 spacecraft shakes off the bad luck to re-supply the ISS

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jul, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The Russian-made Progress 60 cargo craft has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) following a two-day orbital rendezvous period.

Germany to tackle space junk with GESTRA project

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Due for completion in 2018, the GESTRA project is designed to monitor and track objects in low-Earth orbit.

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.'

New Zealand is Joining the Private Space Race

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A company called Rocket Lab is to build a new facility near Christchurch which will launch a payload into orbit before the year is out.

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.

UK to develop Quantum 'universal' satellite

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
To be called Quantum and built in the UK, the 3.5-tonne spacecraft will break new ground by being totally reconfigurable in orbit.

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.

India set to launch five UK satellites

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:46 PM
by AlexMuller
India is set to put in orbit five foreign satellites, built in Britain, to observe the earth.

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.

Skylon spaceplane developers reveal the antifreeze method for the sabre hypersonic engine

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jul, 2015 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The engine could enable a single stage to orbit vehicle.

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'.

How Will We Meet the Energy Demands of the Coming Megacities?

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The rise of megacities will come at a price: energy needs will be enormous.

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.

Some evidence that primitive life may have come to Earth from Space

Posted in Science on 16th Jul, 2015 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study reveals that bacteria can survive atmospheric entry.