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Nasa planning ‘Earth Independent’ Mars colony by 2030s

Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies entirely independent of Earth by the 2030s, Nasa has said.<p>The US space organisation today released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on the red planet, setting out in detail plans to create ‘deep-space habitation facilities’ which …

Space Science

Astronomers have a new way to measure planets' potential for life, and Earth isn't at the top of the list

Those worlds both score higher than our own planet on the index: 0.955 for KOI 3456.02 and 0.836 for Kepler-442b, compared with 0.829 for Earth and 0.422 for Mars.<p>The point of the exercise is to help scientists prioritize future targets for close-ups from NASA's yet-to-be-launched James Webb Space …

How Far is the Moon?

Earth's moon is the brightest object in our night sky and the closest celestial body. Its presence and proximity play a huge role in making life …

NASA’s Plan to Save the World: Let’s Slam a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid

In a plan fit for Michael Bay, NASA is going to ram a spacecraft into an asteroid. Why? To see how much force is necessary to stop one from …

Asteroids

Month in Space: Super Moons and Stunning Eclipses - NBC News

Space

Nasa and ESA target 'Didymoon' for asteroid deflection test

Nasa and the European Space Agency are working together on a mission that will test their abilities to change the course of an asteroid by hitting it …

Mars Mission in Jeopardy as Astronauts Can't Stand on Arrival

NASA has to solve a big problem before a manned Mars mission can go underway. Astronauts arrive unfit at the red planet to land and stand.<p>We all know …

Space Science

How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

If you watch the film <i>The Martian,</i> you'll see Hollywood explosions and special effects galore, but you'll also see some serious science.<p>Actor Matt Damon, who plays stranded astronaut Mark Watney, must calculate his way through food shortages, Martian road trips and other misadventures as he fights …

Love Stories

George RR Martin: our long obsession with Mars

Once upon a time there was a planet called Mars, a world of red sands, canals and endless adventure. I remember it well, for I went there often as a child. I come from a blue-collar, working-class background. My family never had much money. We lived in a federal housing project in Bayonne, New …

Panama Canal

30 Places To See Before You're 30

Seeing the world is a surefire way to enrich your life and learn, and some destinations are best visited while in your twenties. Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set. These spots might be more physically challenging or …

A new Arctic discovery 'challenges everything we thought' about dinosaurs

UAMN photo by Pat Druckenmiller<p>When we think about dinosaurs, we mostly imagine towering creatures pushing through jungle, surrounded by lush, …

Dinosaurs

NASA and ESA Will Move A Small Moon By Slamming A Spacecraft Into It

Preparing for 'Deep Impact'<p>We've smashed into the moon, and bounced onto a comet, but a whole 17 years after <i>Deep Impact</i> and <i>Armageddon</i> debuted in 1998, we still haven't managed to change the course of an asteroid.<p>Sure, we landed the NEAR-Shoemaker orbiter on an asteroid in 2001, but we didn't even …

Space Exploration

You Never Thought You Needed A Mobile Private Island... Until Now

WHOA. 🙊<p>Why visit a private island when you could design your own... and drive it anywhere you want?<p>The Migaloo Kokomo Ailand is taking yachting -- and luxury in general -- to a borderline ridiculous new level, with a mobile private island design that rivals even the most elite of tropical beach …

Boats

The Supermoon, Harvest Moon, Tetrad-Completing Total Lunar Eclipse

Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences. It's all coming together on Sunday for THE astronomical event of the year.<p>On Sunday September 27 sky watchers in North and South America, Europe and Africa will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. No big deal, right? After all, we had two lunar eclipses in …

Researchers discover 'lost world' of arctic dinosaurs after digging up huge, duck-billed skeleton

Scientists have found new dinosaur remains in a remote part of Alaska that might reveal a “lost world” of many different kinds of arctic dinosaur.<p>The …