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How NASA Will Send Humans To Mars

NASA scientists are tackling a big challenge: building capsules that will take humanity to Mars.<p>It’s official: NASA’s Orion project, which will send humans to Mars, is a success. A test flight on Friday morning was successful; NASA’s command center called it “the most perfect flight you could ever …

Space Travel

The Highways Of The Future Will Look Very Different From Today

From glow-in-the-dark roads to self-healing surfaces, future roadways will need to get smarter to accommodate traffic that is growing around the world.<p>It may seem hard to imagine, but in the future, there’s likely to be even more traffic on the roads than today. Globally, vehicle volumes on roads …

Transportation

'Overwatch' Predicts Earth Will Develop Flying Cars by the 2070s

O<i>verwatch</i> is more than just one of Elon Musk’s favorite video games to play — it also predicts the future of human technology as we know it, and it’s …

This Astronomer Just Said We'll Discover 30 Planet Systems Soon

The Breakthrough Discuss Conference kicked off its second and final day on Friday with a presentation from astronomer Michaël Gillon, who specializes …

Astronomy

This Picture of Earth From Within Saturn's Rings Will Make You Emotional

Sometimes, the majesty of the final frontier—a cold, unfeeling space—has the power to make our eyes misty. The images from NASA’s Cassini mission …

Solar System
Exoplanets

Watch this all-electric "flying car" take its first test flight in Germany

Lilium Jet claims its can reduce travel headaches with a network of vertical take-off and landing aircraft<p>Flying cars, that perennial dream for futurists that always seem to be at least five years away, may be a little closer to reality than we realize. A lot of prototypes have been showcased …

Aerospace

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Archaeology

Here's a flying car you will actually be able to buy this year

Flying cars are the future, right? In the 1960s, the world imagined a future in which anyone could afford to take a drive above the scenery, but the technology simply never got there.<p>Now, Slovakian startup AeroMobil has announced it will be launching a flying car this year — and unlike their first …

Transportation

NASA has discovered 7 Earth-like planets orbiting a star just 40 light-years away

This tiny star has 7 planets that potentially could be suitable for life.<p>The first step in finding life outside our own planet is to find a planet like our own: small, rocky, and at just the right distance from the star that liquid water could exist on its surface.<p>That’s why an announcement today …

Exoplanets

New Continent Zealandia Is Discovered Underwater

The earth's eighth continent is believed a piece of the ancient super-continent Gondwana.<p>Hail, Zealandia! It’s not the lost city of Atlantis, but scientists say they’re convinced they have discovered the planet’s eighth continent sprawling underwater beneath New Zealand.<p>Australia and adjacent New …

Asteroid attack? Astronomers ponder fourth close pass of 2017

Yet another space rock is set to give Earth a close shave. We ask a professional sky watcher if we should be freaking out just yet.<p>For the fourth time since the start of 2017, a small celestial body will pass closer to Earth than the distance between us and the moon. Recently discovered asteroid …

Space

The First Ever Blueprint for a Mind-Bendingly Massive Quantum Computer Has Been Released

"Life will change completely."<p>Scientists chasing the dream of quantum computing - technology that would grant us unprecentented processing power - …

Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

The last person to leave footprints on the moon has died. NASA reported that Gene Cernan died Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by his family.<p>Gene Cernan flew in space three times, including twice to the moon. Cernan was big, brash and gregarious. And if he hadn't been lucky, he could have missed …

NASA

Hypothetical Planet Nine May Be A Rogue World Captured By The Sun, Researchers Say

The fabled Planet Nine — or Planet X, if you will — may be a former “rouge planet” that our sun captured long back. This is a theory put forward by …

Astronomy

In a first, scientists detect 'fast radio bursts' from beyond the Milky Way galaxy

Sifting through the heavens like prospectors panning silt for a glint of gold, astronomers say they have finally pinpointed the source of so-called fast radio bursts – brief, powerful and mysterious flashes of light.<p>The discovery, described in a paper in Nature and two others in Astrophysical …

Welcome to the Universe: Neil deGrasse Tyson on space and other unknowns

Can we afford a no-holds-barred approach to scientific research? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells DW why, when it comes to space, or any unknown, we should "just do it all."<p><i>DW: You've just published a new book, "Welcome to the Universe" with co-authors J. Richard Gott and Michael Strauss.</i> …

Cosmology

The dwarf planet Quaoar

The vast Kuiper Belt, which orbits at the outer edge of our solar system, has been the site of many exciting discoveries in the past decade or so. …

Humans may dream of traveling to Mars, but our bodies aren’t built for it

Reports of a new space race tell of NASA’s plan to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk’s ambition to get private explorers there first. This race, however, can’t be won with either’s current technology, regardless of their spending or commitment.<p>The barrier is …

Stephen Hawking Projects We Need to Find a New Earth by 3016

Stephen Hawking believes we only have 1,000 years left on Earth before we're packing our bags to Mars.During a speech at Oxford University on …

Stephen Hawking

7 Of The Strangest Objects Seen On Mars

For thousands of years, people have gazed into the night sky and wondered about the planet Mars. After Earth, Mars is the planet with the most …

UFOs

Scientists Have Detected a Crack in Earth's Magnetic Shield

Uh oh.<p>Earth is such a habitable place, thanks in no small part to the vast magnetic field that surrounds our planet, shielding us from harsh solar …

Space

Why Pluto 'Is the New Mars'

Thanks to all the information pouring in from NASA’s New Horizons mission, Pluto is making a comeback. As New Horizons principle investigator Alan …

Solar System

Of course Uber is working on a flying car project

‘Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads’<p>Uber just published a massive white paper detailing its plan to launch an “on demand aviation” service called Uber Elevate. Yes, that’s right. Uber is working on a flying car project.<p>We should have seen this coming.<p>The ambitious project, which was first …

Drones

The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle May Finally Be Solved

Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.<br>Read More

UFOs

Melinda Gates on why, despite everything, the world just keeps getting better

It’s easy, in this age of Donald Trump, to think the world is crashing down around us. But Melinda Gates sees things differently. The philanthropist, who the Clinton campaign briefly discussed as a possible vice president option per a recent WikiLeaks-published email, wants you to know that things …

Philanthropy

16 brilliant innovations tackling poverty around the world

Getting to the root of poverty means solving various issues along the way, and inventors are up for the challenge.<p>Poverty isn't just inadequate access to income — it manifests in a lack of access to health services, education and vital goods. It can also lead to societal instability, allowing …

Sustainability

China Completes Largest Radio Telescope In The World

The largest radio telescope in the world officially opened on Sunday, according to China's official Xinhua News.<p>The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is named after its diameter, which, at 500 meters, is 195 meters wider than the second-largest telescope of its kind, the …

Astronomy