Space Research, Development & Colonization

By Keith Barrows | I have a huge interest in "getting out to the stars". I believe I will see this in my lifetime. Not just Mars or the outer planets but the stars themselves.

Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo space plane flexes its wings in flight for first time

Virgin Galactic passed another essential milestone today in the flight test program for VSS Unity, its upgraded SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, by bending …

The Next International Space Station Will Orbit The Moon | International Business Times

The International Space Station is hitting the end of its career. It’s expected to last at least until the 2020s, but once it’s retired we’ll need a …

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Incredible video of Mars stitched together by hand from 33,000 images

If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with Mars, check out this incredible video recently released by NASA that shows the Red Planet’s …

What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?

, Contributor<p>The constellation of Orion, along with the great molecular cloud complex and including its brightest stars. Betelgeuse, the nearby, bright red supergiant (and supernova candidate), is at the lower left.<p>Every star will someday run out of fuel in its core, bringing an end to its run as …

Universe

NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From Trump - Bloomberg

The U.S. is studying a possible manned mission around the moon as early as next year, marking the first such trip since the Apollo era ended in the …

88 satellites will launch on Valentine's Day to image the entire Earth every day

On Valentine's Day, instead of chowing down on chocolates, a group of engineers and scientists are going to get pancakes and a rocket launch.<p>Employees working for Planet — a California-based startup — are planning to watch a record 88 of their tiny satellites launch into orbit while eating …

Space

NASA to Explore an Asteroid Containing Enough Mineral Wealth to Collapse the World Economy

This mission will also help us better understand the core of our and other terrestrial planets, too. <br>Read More

Space Exploration

Interstellar Travel Is a Lot More Complicated Than Rocket Science

Rachel Armstrong wants to build starships. The professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University in the UK is obsessed with the notion …

An astronaut has recorded a 'first of its kind' video of mysterious blue jets of electricity

We're used to lightning that shoots down from clouds, but a lesser-known form of electricity blasts up from cloud tops — and out toward space.<p>Called blue jets, these gigantic electrical discharges are rarely photographed. Typically, only pilots who fly over active thunderstorms see or photograph …

Space

After 50 years, scientists discover first-ever white dwarf pulsar

After decades of speculation, students at Warwick University have now found the first ever white dwarf pulsar. Since 1967's discovery of the first pulsar (a rotating star that emits electromagnetic radiation), scientists have only been able to find evidence of larger neutron stars as pulsars. For …

Three of the most beautiful things in the universe are about to happen. All at once

A beautiful, shining comet flying through the sky is a rare thing. But this week it's not even going to be the rarest.<p>Friday night wll in fact see …

The Porpoise Galaxy from Hubble

What's happening to this spiral galaxy?

Astronomy

Space Mystery Series: Mysteries About the Universe that Scientists Haven't Cracked Yet (Part 1)

Despite the number of advances mankind has made in understanding our universe, there are still many mysteries that haven’t been solved. There have …

The Apollo 1 Tragedy and the ‘Challenge of the Impossible'

Sudden death is always shocking, and even more so when those who die are heroes who defied danger in the past. But on Jan. 27, 1967, when the U.S. …

Apollo Missions

NASA Astronauts Will Don New 'Boeing Blues' Spacewear

NASA’s astronauts will be looking a little blue in the near future—because of their striking new attire. Boeing has introduced a line of sleeker, …

NASA

‘We have a fire in the cockpit!’ The Apollo 1 disaster 50 years later.

Sheryl Chaffee remembers the January evening when astronaut Mike Collins came to the door and asked to speak with her mother.<p>The two talked in a bedroom of the Chaffee home. Then Collins emerged and Chaffee and her brother were sent in to speak with their mother.<p>“So we went back there, and she told …

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This Farm In A Box Can Grow As Much Lettuce As An Acre Of Land

Who needs a green thumb when you have the CropBox, which grows your plants automatically, and can be adjusted with a smartphone.<p>For any would-be farmers who aren’t quite ready to move to the country and commit to years of back-breaking labor, here’s another option: Now you can rent a farm in a …

Hi-tech pods that allow human beings to hibernate for long-distance space travel are about to become a reality

On Oct. 7, 2006, Mitsutaka Uchikoshi left a barbecue on Mt. Rokko in western Japan, deciding to walk down the mountain rather than taking a cable car with his friends. He lost his way, slipped, broke his pelvis and, with nobody around to help, eventually lost consciousness. Twenty-four days later, …

Space Travel

What is the Alcubierre “Warp” Drive?

It’s always a welcome thing to learn that ideas that are commonplace in science fiction have a basis in science fact. Cryogenic freezers, laser guns, …

Space Travel

2017 is a big year for space exploration

There's going to be plenty happening down here on Earth to keep us all occupied in the coming year, but outer space also deserves attention.<p>2017 is …

Want To Live In The Arctic Circle? Build Your House Inside A Solar Geodesic Dome

That's what this Norwegian family did.<p>The Hjertefølger family began their experiment in sustainable living in 2013, when they moved to Sandhornøya Island in the Arctic Circle to build their home. There, they constructed a three story cob house from sustainable materials like sand and clay. To …

2017 January 5 - Peculiar Galaxies of Arp 273

<b>Peculiar Galaxies of Arp 273</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Wolfgang Ries/Stefan Heutz (Astrokooperation)<p><b>Explanation:</b> The spiky stars in the foreground of …

2017 January 4 - Clouds of Andromeda

<b>Clouds of Andromeda</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)<p><b>Explanation:</b> The beautiful Andromeda Galaxy is often imaged by …

SpaceX Has Announced What Caused the Falcon 9 Explosion

Starting the year with an explanation and a new launch date.<p>SpaceX believes it has gotten to the core of what caused the Falcon 9 explosion on September 9, 2016, that sent the rocket and the $200 million Facebook satellite it was carrying up in a fiery blaze. The Hawthorne-based spaceflight company …

This is what the first houses on Mars will probably look like

NASA's so-called 'ice homes' are reminiscent of igloos.<p>As shown in the movie "The Martian" starring Matt Damon, living on Mars presents a number of …

As the Apollo Program Turns 50, This Is How We'll Celebrate

The year 2017 marks a major milestone in crewed spaceflight. It's the year that Apollo 1, the first mission with people on board, was supposed to …

SpaceX aims to launch the Falcon 9 again this Sunday

Now with less explosive helium tanks<p>SpaceX is ready to resume launching again, a little more than four months following the September 1 explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket, its payload, and the launch pad it was sitting on. The company identified the cause of the explosion, has a short-term …

Now You Can Order a Rocket Launch Online

SpaceX is amazing.Not only has Elon Musk's space start-up shaken up the industry by proving that rockets can launch from Earth, and then land back on Earth -- and even on a boat. Not only has it cut the price of such rocket launches enormously -- and forced its rivals at <b>Boeing</b> (NYSE: BA) and</b> …

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