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The First Mars Explorers May Use High-Tech Igloos For Shelter

Mars is almost definitely the next place in the universe that humans will explore, but before we get there, we have a lot of hoops to jump through. …

Space

3 Lessons From the Last Man to Visit the Moon

Remembering the thrilling life of NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan.<p>NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died this week in his Houston home. He was 82.<p>At 32 years old, Cernan, a Navy captain and pilot before he joined NASA, became the second American astronaut -- and the …

Space Science

Space Station Flies in the Face of the Moon - Skywatching Video

On January 14, 2017, Michel Breitfellner, Manuel Castillo, Abel de Burgos and Miguel Perez Ayucar set up telescopes near ESA’s Space Science Center …

$40 billion a day for solar super-storms

The probability of another event like the 1859 Carrington event is – at any given time – low. But many believe it’s “almost inevitable” one will …

Barack Obama

Six Earth-Bound Adventurers Start Simulated Stay on Mars

They'll share one dome, and one bathroom.<p>NASA hopes to send humans to an asteroid in the 2020s and Mars by the 2030s.<p>"We're hoping to figure out how best to select individual astronauts, how to compose a crew and how to support that crew on long-duration space missions," said principal investigator …

Trump Reportedly Interested in a Mars Mission

Trump reportedly talked about Mars exploration and public-private partnerships with Elon Musk during a meeting.<p>Trump also talked with historian …

A Journey Into the Void

And should colonists on Mars be allowed to eat each other?<p><b>ON JULY 21, 1969,</b> when the Apollo 11 crew was due to depart the lunar surface after a 22-hour visit, two speeches were placed on President Richard Nixon’s desk. “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will …

SpaceX Targets Jan. 30 for 1st Launch from Historic NASA Pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX plans to break in its new launchpad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) just after midnight on Jan. 30 with a Falcon 9 …

Curiosity just found the first evidence of ancient mud cracks on Mars

New images from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars reveal what looks to be the first sign of mud cracks on the Martian surface, providing scientists with even more evidence that the red planet once hosted water— which potentially could have supported life.<p>If the space agency's hunch is correct, these …

Mars

This new Periodic Table shows the astounding origins of every atom in your body

In the first episode of his famous TV series about space, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the late astronomer Carl Sagan wastes no time dramatically setting the stage.<p>"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean," Sagan says. "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We …

Universe

Hey Guys, Let’s Go to the Moon! A New CuriosityStream Series Explains Why We Should

So much of the current attention on space exploration is focused on Mars — Matt Damon getting stuck there in <i>The Martian</i>, NatGeo’s recent <i>Mars</i> …

A Fleet of European Satellites Is Experiencing a Very Odd Problem

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Galileo satellites have been having a bad time for the past 17 years. Now, the 10 billion euro project has suffered …

Exercise in Space is a Complicated Necessity

The effects of microgravity aren't pretty.<p>In space, unlike on Earth, one can’t just hop on a treadmill and go for a run. And extraterrestrial sloth …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk Just Shared a Stunning Falcon Rocket Launch Photo

Elon Musk just doesn’t sleep. At around midnight Pacific time, the SpaceX CEO posted a picture to his Instagram of a Falcon rocket ready for takeoff. …

Space Travel

The author of The Martian is writing a NASA TV pilot for CBS

Exploring the work and lives of NASA personnel<p><i>The Martian</i> was a huge success in both bookstores and movie theaters, and it catapulted author Andy Weir into a rarified atmosphere when it comes to science fiction authors. Now, he’s setting his sights on a new medium: television.<p><i>Deadline</i> reported that …

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Space Science

This Photo Shows How Ridiculously Huge SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rockets Are

Every time Elon Musk and SpaceX manage to land a used Falcon 9 rocket on one of the company’s two droneships, it’s a huge achievement. It’s pretty …

Space Exploration

NASA's Opportunity rover shatters expectations with 12 years on Mars

When the rover Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004, it was supposed to last for three months. But twelves years later, Opportunity is still exceeding …

Mars Rover

SpaceX Is Gearing Up To Build Lots and Lots of New Rockets

It’s been a few really good months for SpaceX, and now, the commercial spaceflight company is kicking rocket production into high gear in …

The Moon or Mars? NASA must pick 1 goal for astronauts, experts tell Congress

NASA can't afford to put humans on Mars while also pursuing missions to put astronauts back on the moon, according to a panel of experts who testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space Wednesday.<p>"Today the future of NASA's human spaceflight program is far from clear," said …

Space Science

The Curiosity Mars Rover Is Such a Narcissist

When your selfies look this good, who could blame you for being a little vain?<p>One of the most important criteria for taking the perfect selfie is the location, which is probably why the Curiosity Mars Rover's selfies always turn out so great. Although the rover's self-portraits lack the ironic …

Mars Rover

SpaceX shoots for another sea landing February 24

It looks like SpaceX is gearing up for another round trip with its Falcon 9 rocket, as partner SES S.A. announced today the company would shuttle a new SES satellite and attempt a water landing on February 24.<p>This is the fourth sea-based landing attempted by SpaceX, which hasn’t had any luck making …

White House proposes $19 billion NASA budget

The Obama Administration's final budget request, released Feb. 9, offers $19 billion for NASA in fiscal year 2017, a decrease of $300 million from the agency’s final 2016 budget.<p>The budget, as proposed, would shift some funds from NASA's exploration programs to aeronautics and space technology, in …

Space Exploration

Space tourism projects at a glance

Virgin Galactic later this month in Mojave, California, is preparing to roll out its new SpaceShipTwo, a vehicle the company hopes will one day take tourists to the edge of space. It comes roughly 15½ months since an earlier incarnation was destroyed in a test flight, killing one of the pilots. …

Things to know about the space tourism industry

X PRIZE<p>In 1995, the St. Louis-based X Prize Foundation conceived the idea of a $10 million reward for development of a privately financed, reusable spaceship capable of carrying three people to an altitude of 62 miles twice within two weeks.<p>The X Prize announcement the following year was timed to …

Space Travel

Elon Musk unfazed by SpaceX's failed landing: 'didn't expect this to work'

Rocket strikes robotic ship in the Atlantic Ocean but engineers long had doubts because of the payload – an 11,000lb satellite, one of its heaviest ever<p>SpaceX failed to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a barge on Friday night, striking the robotic ship in the Atlantic Ocean and disappointing billionaire …

Space Travel

Dos Equis exiles Most Interesting Man in the World to Mars

Technically Incorrect: Beloved by some, less beloved by others, the iconic ad character is being dismissed from this planet, never to return.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>What else was he going to do?<p>It seemed that, after 10 years on …

DOS
Sea Level

Here's the rocket launch — and landing — you didn't hear about this weekend

The New Shepard rocket and capsule blasted off from a launch site in West Texas on Saturday at an undisclosed time, and landed minutes later back at a landing pad, the company said.<p>The capsule, which was flying autonomously, parachuted to a nearby site and was recovered, the company said.<p>"Perfect …

Space Travel
Space Exploration