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The race to get tourists to suborbital space is heating up

July 14th, 2018 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

SPACE: FINAL FRONTIER or ultimate tourist destination? Possibly both—provided you have the cash. Already, you can buy tickets for (as-yet-unscheduled) flights aboard SpaceShipTwo, the crew vehicle developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. And at a NewSpace conference in Seattle last month, Blue Origin—helmed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—announced that it has plans to sell tickets […]



Jeff Bezos’Blue Origin will start selling tickets to space next year

June 29th, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Blue Origin, the space-tourism startup owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, says it will start selling passenger tickets for trips into space in 2019. The timeline came from Blue Origin senior vice president Rob Meyerson, whose comments at an Amazon Web Services event were reported by Space News. Meyerson did not say how much the tickets […]



NASA is learning the best way to grow food in space

June 21st, 2018 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

Can gardens help astronauts go farther? “Our plants aren’t looking too good,” astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted from the International Space Station on December 27, 2015. He was right: The attached picture showed four baby zinnias bathed in magenta light. Three of the four leafy stalks were discolored and curling in on themselves. The station’s garden […]



Space X: Elon Musk shares staggering video that shows true size of rockets

June 21st, 2018 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk has shared a video that helps visualize the sheer scale of SpaceX’s rockets, and the results are awe-inspiring. The CEO retweeted a video on Wednesday from YouTube channel Corridor Crew, which uses visual effects to show the size of the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and BFR rockets in real-life situations. The video, which […]



Majority of Americans believe it is essential that the U.S. remain a global leader in space

June 19th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Despite the increasing role of private companies in space exploration, most believe NASA’s role is still vital for future. Sixty years after the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), most Americans believe the United States should be at the forefront of global leadership in space exploration. Majorities say the International Space Station […]



Will we ever colonise an asteroid?

June 17th, 2018 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

The asteroid belt is rich with precious metals. There are already plans for asteroid mining but could we ever build a colony on one? The science-fiction series The Expanse is set 200 years in the future: humans have established colonies on the Moon and Mars, and have begun colonising the asteroid belt.



Prime delivery, straight from the moon? Bezos dreams of heavy industry in space

May 31st, 2018 at 9:12 am » Comments Off

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is convinced that one day “we are going to have to leave this planet.” And he believes that his Blue Origin space company can help make it happen. Outlining his ambitious vision at the Space Development Conference in Los Angeles during a recent on-stage chat with GeekWire‘s Alan Boyle, Bezos said […]



NASA’s ‘impossible ‘ space engine tested-here are the results

May 25th, 2018 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there’s a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device. Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances (not to mention the luxury of stopping at destinations) requires an amount of propellant too massive for current rockets to haul into […]



Rocket Lab readies its first commercial launch

April 11th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

Rocket Lab’s Electron booster stands on the launchpad during testing Following a successful January test launch that saw its Electron booster reach orbit for the first time, Rocket Lab is now getting down to business. The US-based private space firm and its wholly owned New Zealand-based subsidiary have announced plans to go ahead with its […]



Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA changed in space

March 15th, 2018 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

After spending nearly a year aboard the International Space Station, American astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth in 2016—only to find that his DNA had changed.



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