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The biggest barrier to future space exploration is in our heads

October 30th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

With enough time, the technological challenges of sending humans to Mars and beyond are solvable. But psychologically, we’re not ready to leave our home. In 1945 British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke—now best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey—correctly predicted the invention of satellites, the first of which launched into space in 1958. Then […]



Astronauts make cement in space for the first time

September 21st, 2019 at 1:07 am » Comments Off

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst works on an experiment aboard the International Space Station looking into how cement reacts in space. Concrete could provide humans in space with better protection from radiation and extreme temperatures than many other materials. In the future, when humans live in and visit space, they’re going to need places […]



Everyone’s going back to the moon. But why?

July 22nd, 2019 at 12:47 am » Comments Off

The Deep Space Gateway, seen here in an artist’s rendering, would be a spaceport in lunar orbit. Boeing As the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo landing approaches, a host of countries are undertaking lunar missions. What’s behind the new space race? At 2.51am on Monday 15 July, engineers at India’s national spaceport at Sriharikota […]



Relativity is building a 3D-printing rocket manufacturing hub in Mississippi

June 26th, 2019 at 10:43 pm » Comments Off

The future of rocket manufacturing has touched down in Mississippi. At NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, nestled in Hancock County, Miss., right on the border of Louisiana, the Los Angeles-based 3D-printed spacecraft manufacturer, Relativity Space, is planning a massive $59 million expansion to make a permanent manufacturing hub in this bucolic corner of the […]



Mars colonists ‘will become super-mutants with cancer-immune skin’ – but could die ‘if they mate with Earthlings’, scientist warns

June 1st, 2019 at 4:02 pm » Comments Off

One of the winning teams of a NASA competition to make a full-scale Mars habitat using modeling software, Team SEArch+/Apis Cor, designed this Martian abode, which is built from the upper part of a Hercules Single-Stage Reusable Vehicle. The first humans on Mars will quickly become too fragile to have sex with. That’s according to […]



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