Bigelow Expandable Activity Module An inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace will be added to the International Space Station, The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will head to low-Earth orbit (LEO) in 2015 aboard the Dragon, a rocket built and operated by the privately run, Elon Musk-founded company SpaceX.
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A man-made leaf absorbs carbon dioxide and water and releases oxygen. There are many challenges with space exploration. One inconvenient fact – the lack of oxygen in much of the universe – poses a real challenge to making off world exploration and living a reality. (Videos)
Space exploration is as urgent as easing poverty or disease—it’s our insurance policy against extinction. Why would you blow billions of dollars on space exploration when billions of people are living in poverty here on Earth? You have probably heard all of the justifications.
Black holes have long been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown. They are the blackest and most dense objects in the universe that do not even let light escape. And as if they weren’t bizarre enough to begin with, now add this to the mix: they […]
Private companies want to mine asteroids for fuel, and build filling stations in space. A bill now in front of the US Congress would help by allowing them to own what they discover – but it might, if passed, meet stiff international opposition.
Space elevator The Japanese construction giant Obayashi has announced they will have a space elevator up and running by the year 2050. If successful it would revolutionize space travel and potentially transform the global economy. (Video)
MIT BioSuit Science fiction writers must feel like the future is getting too close with all the news about a 3D printer winging its way to the International Space Station (ISS), skintight spacesuits, and plans for construction of a space elevator.
The machine hitching a ride on the Space X cargo shuttle isn’t your average, off-the-shelf MakerBot printer. The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida last week carrying something that’s never been taken into space: A 3D printer. When it docked with the ISS, it delivered the first machine capable of […]
The Contour Crafter could 3D print housing on the surface of the Moon using concrete made from lunar rock. Imagine it’s the year 2045, and you open the curtains in the morning and instead of grey skies and rain, you are looking out at a rust-colored rocky panorama. You have just woken up on Mars. […]
An asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. Should you be getting your facts about space from Hollywood? Probably not. Here are ten myths about space you should stop believing.