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NASA is ready to ditch Earth and colonize Mars

NASA has its sights set on Mars. The space agency is making plans for humans to colonize the red planet, including a way to grow crops. The first …

Space Science

NASA researcher preparing future missions on Mars: 'Elon Musk pushes everyone else forward'

Mars seems to be a coveted destination these days.<p>Entrepreneur Elon Musk plans to colonize Mars with a million people in 50 years. China is preparing to launch a mission in 2020. The United Arab Emirates have the ambition to be the first country to build a habitable city within a century.<p>Even …

United Arab Emirates

This free science fiction anthology is all about the future of space exploration

It comes with a fantastic lineup of authors<p>There’s been a growing movement within the science fiction community to imagine the future as something other than a dreary dystopia. That’s what Arizona State University is doing with a new digital anthology called <i>Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A</i> …

Space Exploration

the New Worlds Conference

LAETITIA GARRIOTT de CAYEUX<p>Cofounder, Global Space Ventures and Escape Dynamics, Truman National Security Fellow<p>RICHARD GARRIOTT<p>Private Astronaut, …

Kids Compete for Best Space Settlement Ideas Through STEAMSPACE

Teens compete in Cities in Space competition<p><i>Guest article by Sarah Snyder</i><p>When a friend told me there was an “off-world settlement contest” for kids …

NASA is giving space enthusiasts the chance to send their names to Mars - here's how to do it

Space fans are being offered the chance to send their names to Mars next year, aboard NASA's InSight lander.<p>InSight, which is scheduled to launch …

Space Science

NASA tests rocket designed to get humans to Mars

NASA has test-fired an astonishingly powerful engine which will one day propel a manned mission all the way to Mars.<p>The American space agency tested …

NASA Is Running Out of The Most Precious Ingredient Needed For Future Space Missions

Houston, we really do have a problem.<p>Classroom models lie - our Solar System isn't a bunch of bright, closely nestled orbs.<p>Instead, other planets are …

Johns Hopkins University

'The enemy within': Mars crews could be at risk from onboard microbes – study

Mocked-up Mars spacecraft inhabited for 17 months full of microbial life despite adequate cleaning, raising issues for craft design and human health<p>Of the many potential hazards astronauts might ponder on a trip to Mars, radiation poisoning, weightlessness and the foibles of crewmates might top the …

Space Science

In the Era of Civilian Space Travel, What Laws Do We Bring With Us? - The Possibility Report

Michael Driver<p>Space travel technology, such as the space elevator, will bring average citizens beyond Earth’s atmosphere sooner than you’d think. What will that do to our understanding of our worlds?<p>What if getting into space was as easy as stepping into an elevator? A 60,000-mile shaft that …

Space Travel

Why asteroid mining is integral to our plans for colonizing Mars

Journey to Mars<p>Mars has garnered a lot of attention from companies like SpaceX that wish to put people on the red planet in the hopes of colonizing …

Space Exploration

NASA's Next Mission to Mars Will Probe the Red Planet's Deep Interior in 2018

What lies beneath the surface on Mars? NASA's next Mars mission aims to find out. The InSight project, NASA's first mission to study the Red Planet's …

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures stunning images of snowy dunes on the surface of Mars- Technology News, Firstpost

NASA has released a stunning picture of dunes on the surface of Mars with snow and ice on ridges. It was spring in the Northern hemisphere when this …

Mars Mission

Microgravity may keep fractures from healing in space - Futurity

Cartilage may need gravity and "mechanical loading" to form correctly, making it tough for an astronaut's fractures to heal in space.

Space Exploration

Canada's new astronauts take tips from veterans in space

Canada's two new astronaut recruits will get a chance to pick the brains of the experienced astronauts currently working aboard the space station …

Space Exploration

Astronaut urine may be the secret ingredient for traveling to Mars

We’ve all heard the phrase “reduce, reuse, and recycle” muttered under the breath of irate eco-warriors, but when it comes to space travel, that phrase could be the difference between visiting the moon and traveling to Mars. “If astronauts are going to make journeys that span several years, we’ll …

Space Science

Astrophysicists Believe They've Found Another Earth-Like Planet in a Nearby Star System

Hope for Exoplanets<p>Last year, the Trappist-1 system was discovered, and it reignited humanity’s hope of finding planets that could one day (or …

Universe

NASA: "We're Going to Try and Make Oxygen From the Atmosphere on Mars"

Small Steps for Man<p>Getting humans to land on Mars is the biggest space project this generation will ever see. Such a bold endeavor—getting humans to …

Space

NASA looks for ways to protect astronauts from space radiation; top 7 things to know

Galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) have extremely high energies due to which the strategies to shield the astronauts is quite difficult.<p>Astronauts traveling …

From exoplanets to galaxies: NASA chooses 6 missions for further study

Six astrophysics programs selected for further study by NASA have science goals across the universe, ranging from exoplanets to galaxies.<p>This round of choices for NASA's Explorers Program, announced Aug. 9, includes three Explorer missions ($250 million each) and three missions of opportunity ($70 …

Universe

See fruit punch attack a NASA astronaut's face in space

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer shows what happens when you blow air into a bottle full of red liquid. Spoiler alert: it's messy.<p>Liquids behave very differently in microgravity than they do down on Earth. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer demonstrated a particularly odd and entertaining property of tropical …

Space Exploration

NASA’s Vision of Mars Comes to Life in this New Virtual Reality Experience

Just $15 gets you 15 miles of Mars<p>The next couple decades could see people traveling to Mars en masse, especially if SpaceX can get its …

Virtual Reality

See how NASA envisions a 'Mars 2030' landing in VR

Just because you can't go with the astronauts NASA chooses for the first manned mission to Mars doesn't mean you can't experience the Red Planet for yourself. A NASA-approved virtual experience called <i>Mars 2030</i> has just landed on the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift and the PC through Steam. It puts you in …

Happy Birthday NASA! Space Agency Turns 59 Years Old

Saturday marks a special anniversary for NASA, it’s the space agency’s 59th birthday. The agency was established amid Cold War tensions and was …

Quindar remixes NASA's audiovisual archives (and you can dance to it!)

Quindar is a fantastically far out project to remix NASA's weird and wonderful sound and film archives into a new audiovisual experience of …

Audio-visual

Researchers Just Launched a Prototype of Humanity's First 'Interstellar Spacecraft'

Last year, extraterrestrial exploration venture Breakthrough Initiatives announced an ambitious plan to send tons of tiny spacecraft to our nearest …

A Pittsburgh Company Has Secured a 2019 Rocket Launch to the Moon

Send family heirlooms, science projects, or a lock of your hair to the lunar surface with Astrobotic.<p>Have a few hundred bucks lying around? Here's something neat you can do: Send some of your junk to the friggin' Moon.<p>This is the pitch from Astrobotic Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based spaceflight …

Space Exploration

United Arab Emirates to launch space mission to Mars

The United Arab Emirates is working to send a probe to orbit Mars. The UAE Space Agency has called its mission “Al Amal” Hope and has now introduced it to the public. Various events have been organised in Dubai to give residents an insight into future plans for space exploration: workshops and …

NASA tests engine that will eventually take us to Mars

NASA engineers tested the RS-25 rocket engine, which will play a crucial role in eventual missions to Mars, on Tuesday.<p>The test at NASA’s Stennis …

Space Exploration

Eagles QB Nick Foles adjusting to life as a backup

Nick Foles took the practice field Monday as the backup quarterback, a departure since his last training-camp practice with the Eagles. In 2014, …