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Amazing Photos Of Earth From Above, From Canada's Tiny Space Program

A very social media-savvy astronaut from the frozen North recently took over on the International Space Station, and the images he’s beaming back are incredible.<p>Canadians go to space too, eh?<p>While American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts may typically get most of the recognition for space …

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Ultimately, DSI’s plan is to harvest material from asteroids and construct large structures in space, like communications platforms and solar power collectors. DSI has even patented zero-G 3-D metal printing techniques to help it accomplish its goals. Asteroid farming in this style has long been …

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Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will cost, its director of business development Kai Staats points out that this money is the first tangible result of nearly two years in planning mode.<p>“For us, committed funds in …

Space Exploration

Strand-1, The Space-Bound Smartphone, Is Nearly Ready For Liftoff | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Some cute detail has emerged on the BBC, which has interviewed the SSC’s lead engineer, Chris Bridges. The Android-powered phone will fly with its little nose pressed up against a side panel of the satellite to let it take pictures of the Earth and the moon. On board the Nexus One will be a number …

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Historic Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Deep Ocean | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

The Rocketdyne F-1 engines were, and still are, an engineering marvel: When bolted to a Saturn V, each of the five engines had a nozzle that was about 12 feet across, and under full power each could deliver over 1.5 million pounds of thrust (the puny engine in Boeing’s cutting edge new Dreamliner …

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Watch: An Astronaut's One-Way Trip Into Space

It’s a haunting image, but then again, there are worse ways to spend retirement.<p>It’s the cruel joke of the universe. The longevity of man simply doesn’t scale to the unfathomable expanses of the cosmos. Our closest neighbor, the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, is 25,000 light years away. Even if you …

Photographing Star Trails From Space, At 17,000 MPH

ISS Astronaut Don Pettit offers a rare view from beyond the heavens.<p>Is this really Earth we see in these photographs? It can’t be. There’s no blue ocean, golden continents, or clearly delineated socio-political boundaries. It must be some sort of cosmic record player…or maybe just a really great …

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Today Humans Began A Journey To The Stars | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

The heliosphere is the bubble of space where our sun holds its own against the strange things found in deep space, and it’s incredibly vast. Its boundary has turned out to be farther out than our earlier models had predicted, and this has many implications for our understanding of how stars and …

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Space As A Creative Muse

Space Art? No. This is art about earth, as told through space.<p>In space, every gram of weight, every liter of oxygen, and every movement of the body has massive consequences. Which makes it no place for art, you’d think. But as <i>Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration</i>, a new show at …

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A Rare, Stunning Glimpse Inside The World's Space Programs [Slideshow]

Vincent Fournier's crisp, detached pictures of space facilities straddle the divide between documentary and fantasy.<p>Vincent Fournier has the dream job of anyone who ever fantasized about being an astronaut (but shrinked away from the zero-G simulator): For the past decade he has traveled to space …

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SpaceX Lands Air Force Rocket Launch Deal | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

That’s a bit of an understatement. A contract like this is proof positive–should you need it after the success of SpaceX’s Dragon vehicle missions to the ISS–that SpaceX is the first of the new breed of private space companies that is moving into the big leagues. Because while, for good reasons, …

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Watch This Video Of Robots Harvesting Space Junk

Recycling isn’t just happening on Earth. The military has plans to do a lot with all the hardware we’ve thrown into space.<p>Like email and the Internet, GPS is one of those seemingly magic technologies—we know somewhere deep down that the directions on our smartphone have to come from somewhere, but …

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

There is a lot of sunlight in our atmosphere. But we have no way to get power from it down to Earth, because a miles-long extension cord isn’t practical. But scientists are working hard on other solutions.<p>High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of …

Branson On The Impact Of Space Travel

Branson thinks that by being in space, people become more passionate about the planet. And he’s planning on helping out cash-strapped NASA with its research, too.<p>Earlier this week, Virgin Galactic—the space travel arm of the Virgin Group—debuted the first-ever spaceport in New Mexico. Dubbed …

Think Your Job Is Hard? Watch NASA Crew's Riveting "7 Minutes Of Terror" Mars Landing

Before NASA’s Curiosity rover makes its descent into Mars’ atmosphere, it will have to get around a mind-boggling host of obstacles with brilliant technical precision, all of which are intensely recounted here.<p>Last November, the team at NASA launched its Mars Space Laboratory, known as Curiosity, …

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Red Bull Stratos Shatters Records—And Traditional Notions Of Marketing

"I know the whole world is watching now," said Felix Baumgartner, at the edge of space. They were—Red Bull Stratos set viewing records and marked another giant leap for a brand that’s setting the standard for content marketing.<p>For most brands, a risky marketing move consists of not testing the copy …

From NASA's Archives, 50 Amazing Photos Of The Apollo Moon Missions

We pay homage to the Apollo missions with the best of NASA’s deep archives.<p>In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a promise to put a man on the Moon—and return him back safely—by the end of the decade. Somehow, it worked.<p>Over 50 years later, it’s easy to forget how ambitious Kennedy’s …

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Giving Us Space: What You Can Learn From NASA About Content and Social Media

How NASA has created a steady stream of fascinating, accessible content to bring science and space closer to home.<p>With its impeccable production values, suspenseful music, and impassioned scientists, NASA’s YouTube video "Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror" almost …

NASA’s New Space Suit Lets Astronauts Dress In Seconds

Even the toughest, smartest astronaut looks silly getting dressed for space. But a new suit design will make the process near-instantaneous.<p>If you stepped into the vacuum of space in whatever you’re wearing now, you actually might be okay. You won’t pass out. Your blood won’t boil, nor would it …

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NASA's Logo Redesigned To Be Truly Out Of This World

In 2010, a design studio proposed a fresh new logo to NASA. NASA passed, and we still wonder why.<p>The NASA logo of today—the "meatball"—is actually the organization’s original. It’s pure ’60s space-race fodder, and it’s served as the casual face of NASA since 1959, save for a two-decade stint when …

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A New NASA Tool Tracks The Slow Destruction Of Our Trees

All over the world, forests are disappearing as they are cut down to help fuel human development—often in places where no one is monitoring. Now a project using NASA satellites can help alert us to when the damage needs to be stopped.<p>It’s the holy grail for those hunting illegal logging: a …

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Inside Sustainability Base: NASA's Space Station On Earth

The new Silicon Valley installation is designed to test the terrestrial applications for the space agency’s technologies and create the most efficient building imaginable.<p>"How do you design a building like a tree?" It’s a question that William McDonough, an architect, designer, and one of the minds …

Better Than A Van Gogh: NASA Visualizes All The World's Ocean Currents

Our oceans are every bit as turbulent as "Starry Night."<p>We imagine the ocean as having high tides and low tides, water that comes in and out in waves. Beyond that, how does water actually move around the world? What’s that flow look like?<p>NASA Scientific Visualization Studio assembled this …

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NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020 | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Curiosity has an on-board lab, but the plan is for the 2020 rover to store samples to eventually send back to Earth. It could also access parts of the planet that Curiosity couldn’t because of when and where it landed. In Earth exploration, the most interesting places are harder to get to, and …

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New Satellite Images From NASA Show Ghostly Earth By Night | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Improved spatial resolution and dynamic-range lighting levels have made these photos possible. The Suomi NPP also has a Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, which can detect all lights–even down to one isolated highway lamp, says NASA. “Our planet comes alive with light,” says the commentary …

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Why In The World Would NASA Throw An Asteroid Into Orbit Around The Moon? | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

The Keck institute imagines a long-distance craft rocketed into space using existing technology. The probe would propel itself slowly to a small target asteroid (only around 20 feet across) over several years, using exotic engine tech like solar ion drives. When it got there, it would study the …

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Want To Colonize Mars? Applications Now Being Accepted | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Astronauts will undergo a whopping eight years of training before being deployed to Mars to build a sustainable life there, the company said. While you don’t have to have an advanced degree in science, Mars One is looking for people with intelligence, good mental and physical health, and dedication.<p>…

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The Doctor Is Very In: Dr. James Truchard’s Quest For Endless Innovation | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Though he started the company simply to create the job he wanted and to have autonomy, Dr. T confesses he’s a sneaker manager, always walking around. “I’m hands on in innovation side and heavily involved in products and closing the gaps on vision,” but notes that he still sits in a cubicle to …

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