Space: The Private Frontier

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Director Rian Johnson’s Full-Length Spoiler: A Downloadable “Looper” Commentary Track

Some movies benefit from repeat viewings. The time travel genre seems like an especially ripe candidate for double-dipping–since the ending of such movies often alters one’s perception of everything that came beforehand, it’s tempting to go back and see how the logic holds up. In the case of the …

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Space Travel

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

Exploration

Strand-1, The Space-Bound Smartphone, Is Nearly Ready For Liftoff

The unmodified Nexus One, which powers the Strand-1 satellite, will be in orbit for six months and will send photos of Earth from space from its 5-megapixel camera.<p>The countdown to send Strand-1, the smartphone-powered satellite, into space has begun. SSTL, aka Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, …

Nexus

Historic Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Deep Ocean

When the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled Neil Armstrong and his colleagues to the Moon had done their brief but fiery job, they were simply left to tumble through the atmosphere. They then fell, discarded, into the Atlantic ocean, where all those millions of dollars of cutting edge tech bits …

Exploration

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

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 Photoshop…of something.<p>In truth, these photos offer us a glimpse of …

Today Humans Began A Journey To The Stars

According to a press release from the American Geophysical Union, the Voyager 1 space probe has passed beyond the heliosphere of our solar system. The discovery is being published as a scientific paper, but curiously NASA seems reluctant to agree with its conclusions.<p>The heliosphere is the bubble …

Physical Geography

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 …

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 …

SpaceX Lands Air Force Rocket Launch Deal

Elon Musk’s private space company has secured its first contract from the U.S. Air Force. Does this move SpaceX into an innovative new frontier of the 21st-century space race?<p>SpaceX has somewhat quietly landed a pivotal deal this week: Mission orders from the United States Air Force Space and …

SpaceX

Milk And Koblin Reunite For Animation Platform “This Exquisite Forest”

The makers of Wilderness Downtown create a new collaborative animation platform, This Exquisite Forest.<p>Director Chris Milk and Google’s resident data artist Aaron Koblin, the team responsible for the groundbreaking <i>Wilderness Downtown</i> and <i>The Johnny Cash Project</i> have partnered again, with Google, on</i> …

Solar Power Beamed From Space Inches Toward Reality

High above the atmosphere, virtually limitless power is raining down on the Earth. Dreams of launching a satellite to collect this sunlight and beam it back to Earth as clean power remain science fiction–for now.<p>A recent experiment called <i>Suaineadh</i> (or “twisting” in Scots Gaelic) has brought “space …

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

[youtube Ki_Af_o9Q9s]<p>Last November, the team at NASA launched its Mars Space Laboratory, known as Curiosity, on a long journey through space. On August 6th, the rover will touch down in a crater on Mars and begin its study of climate, geology, and any potential signs of life on the red planet. …

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 …

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 …

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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Behind A Pivot: Graphicly Closes Marketplace, Refocuses Business

Digital comics player Graphicly is shutting its mobile marketplace, shifting from being a distributor to a cross-platform, creator-focused publishing solution.<p>Graphicly, one of the early leaders in the burgeoning digital comics distribution market, today announced plans to shutter its marketplaces …

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 …

NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020

NASA has announced plans to build a new rover to land on Mars in 2020. NASA’s current estimated cost for the new rover is $1.5 billion. It will be built based on the design developed for the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August this year.<p>Curiosity has an on-board lab, but the plan is for …

Planets

New Satellite Images From NASA Show Ghostly Earth By Night

Scientists have dubbed it The Black Marble, but new images from NASA show just how much light is emitted from our planet at night. The pictures, taken by the Suomi NPP satellite, show both light coming from natural sources as well as the lights made by man, from the twinkling lights on fishing …

Space

Why In The World Would NASA Throw An Asteroid Into Orbit Around The Moon?

A seemingly crazy idea from the Keck Institute for Space Studies in California may in fact be just crazy enough to work (cue dramatic music!).<p>The Keck institute imagines a long-distance craft rocketed into space using existing technology. The probe would propel itself slowly to a small target …

Space Exploration

Want To Colonize Mars? Applications Now Being Accepted

Looking for an out-of-this-world experience? Mars One, a non-profit agency, is accepting applications for astronauts to help build the first settlement on the red planet in 2023.<p>Astronauts will undergo a whopping eight years of training before being deployed to Mars to build a sustainable life …

Mars

The Doctor Is Very In: Dr. James Truchard’s Quest For Endless Innovation

Dr. T cofounded the technology giant that is National Instruments out of his garage more than 35 years with a $10,000 loan. NI’s software and hardware is behind robotics and smart cameras to medical diagnostic equipment. Next stop, commercial space flight.<p>What do robotics, portable airborne wind …

Innovation