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.

Nearby exoplanet is a target for life

Science editor, BBC News website<p><b>Astronomers have found an Earth-sized planet with mild temperatures that's also relatively close to our Solar System.</b><p>The properties of this newly discovered planet - called Ross 128 b - make it a target in the search for life elsewhere in the cosmos.<p>At just 11 …

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New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Since humanity first turned our gaze skyward, we’ve realized that the cosmic story of our existence — our origins, all that exists today, and what our ultimate fate is — is literally written across the Universe. Our understanding of what our Universe truly is, what it’s made up of, and how it came …

Astronomy

The mysterious light-eating, super-hot, pitch-black exoplanet

A new study of a mysterious hot exoplanet called WASP-12b has revealed it to be a pitch-black, light-eating oddity. The revelation surprised …

Exoplanets

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

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You may not see it, your children might not, but your grandchildren probably will.<p>When we do, two things are going to happen: Everything that depends …

President Trump Signs the Space Council Executive Order

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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 …

Space Travel

The Next International Space Station Will Orbit The Moon

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 …

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 …

Planets

What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?

Every star will someday run out of fuel in its core, bringing an end to its run as natural source of nuclear fusion in the Universe. While stars like our Sun will fuse hydrogen into helium and then — swelling into a red giant — helium into carbon, there are other, more massive stars which can …

Astronomy

NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From Trump

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 …

Exploration

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 …

Space

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

We think of asteroids as giant useless rocks floating around space. Perhaps it’s a good place to hide the Millennium Falcon or a worrisome cause of a …

Space Exploration

Interstellar Travel Is a Lot More Than Rocket Science

Rachel Armstrong's vision of the future requires existential questions.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Deep Space & Space Science<p>Rachel Armstrong wants to build …

Space Travel

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 …

Universe

Eclipse, full moon and comet to occur at the same time and light up night sky in rare event

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 …

Astronomy

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 …

Space Science

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. …

NASA

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, …

SpaceX

‘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 …

NASA

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 …

Farming

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 …

Space Exploration

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 …

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