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Terraforming Mars might be impossible… for now

March 11th, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Making Mars more Earth-like would be a gargantuan task. From giant mirrors to tiny microbes, here’s the thinking behind making Mars habitable for humans. This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet. At the end of 1990′s sci-fi adventure Total Recall, all it takes is the push of a […]



NASA’s X-59 supersonic jet is cleared for final assembly

December 23rd, 2019 at 2:09 pm » Comments Off

NASA’s experimental X-59 jet, which could make supersonic commercial travel a reality, has been cleared for final assembly. The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, designed by Lockheed Martin, could take its first flight as soon as 2021.



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 […]



New video details NASA’s plan to return humans to the moon

May 25th, 2019 at 3:40 am » Comments Off

We Are Going There NASA is confident it’s going back to the Moon — and this time, it plans to stay there. On Tuesday, the agency released “We Are Going,” a new video narrated by Star Trek actor William Shatner. In the clip, NASA details precisely how it plans to send a crewed mission to […]



NASA will pay you $19,000 to stay in bed — and be spun in a centrifuge

April 4th, 2019 at 1:52 am » Comments Off

Some study participants will be spun in a short-arm human centrifuge that generates artificial gravity. Like to lounge in bed? We might have your dream job. NASA wants Earth-bound volunteers to test how artificial gravity might help keep astronauts healthy in space. NASA and the European Space Agency will pay you $19,000 to lie in […]



6 of the most amazing things that were 3D-printed in 2018

December 29th, 2018 at 1:52 am » Comments Off

  From bridges to cars, 3D printing proved this year that it’s still relevant and exciting. The hype may have died down a little, but 3D printing was still creating waves in manufacturing in 2018. On the important-but-boring side, manufacturing companies are using the tech for things like weight reduction and cost savings. More interestingly, […]



Carbon dioxide fertilization greening earth, study finds

October 27th, 2018 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led […]



Here’s what NASA thinks Mars houses could look like

August 3rd, 2018 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

They’ve awarded cash prizes as part of an ongoing competition. NASA has selected five winners in an ongoing contest it has been running to get smart ideas about how to build a 3d-printed habitat on Mars. The winners have passed level one of the 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge, which required developing about 60 percent of […]



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