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Japanese spacecraft fired cannonball into asteroid

March 30th, 2020 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft fired a copper cannonball into Ryugu, an 850 meter-wide near-Earth asteroid. The 2 kilogram “Small Carry-on Impactor,” a bit larger than a tennis ball, hit the asteroid at approximately 7,200 kilometers/hour and blew out a 14.5 meter wide crater with a depth of .6 meters. After a […]

Human settlements in space are closer than we think. Here’s what it will look like

March 25th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

From vast spaceships orbiting close to Earth to tunnels the size of Los Angeles under the surface of the moon  European Space Agency’s plan for the Moon Village. “We already have, or at least understand, the technology needed for a moon base,” says Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist from the University of Westminster in London. “The […]

The next challenge for getting to Mars: What happens to the human body in space

March 24th, 2020 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

From NASA’s Moon to Mars program to Elon Musk’s ambitious plan to send a million people to Mars by 2050, the race is on to get human feet on the red planet. With increasingly sophisticated rockets and robotics, the technological challenges standing in the way of this goal are fast being eroded. But there might […]

You can now book an all-inclusive 10-day trip to the International Space Station for $55 million

March 13th, 2020 at 2:44 pm » Comments Off

The trip is expected to launch during the second half of 2021. It may not be a trip to the moon, but Axiom Space is offering deep-pocketed customers a trip to space. And no, we’re not talking a quick little jaunt into orbit either. Instead, the company is offering an all-inclusive stay on the International […]

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 […]

Here are all the ways to visit space this decade (if you’re extremely rich)

March 7th, 2020 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Glamping in zero gravity will cost a few millions bucks at least. Have you always dreamt of leaving Earth? Are you a member of the two, or better yet three commas club? Well it’s a great time to be alive because after decades of delays, the space tourism industry may finally be taking off. Not […]

The sun is still a burning mystery. That may be about to change.

February 16th, 2020 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

The historic launch of the new European Solar Orbiter helps foster a golden age for understanding our nearest star. On Sunday evening, a rocket lit up Florida’s nighttime sky as it ferried a spacecraft toward a first-of-its-kind adventure to the sun. Even though our home star smolders every day in our skies, humans have only […]

Spin launch’s ginormous centrifuge plans to slingshot rockets into space

February 7th, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

One of the greatest obstacles in launching spacecraft off our planet is the tremendous volume and cost of fuel required to achieve escape velocity and break out of Earth’s gravity well into the vacuum of outer space. Aerospace firms have offered a number of novel solutions to this dilemma, but we’re still stuck with the […]

ESA opens oxygen plant, making air out of moondust

February 1st, 2020 at 1:57 pm » Comments Off

  Oxygen and metal from lunar regolith. Credit: Beth Lomax – University of Glasgow ESA’s technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. A prototype oxygen plant has been set up in the Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory of the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, based in Noordwijk in the […]

China plans 39 million-mile race to Mars to catch up with NASA

January 23rd, 2020 at 1:16 pm » Comments Off

“Mars Base 1” is a Mars simulation center in the Gobi desert. China is taking its rivalry with the U.S. to another planet. The Chinese space agency is preparing a mid-year mission to Mars, marking the most ambitious project on an exploration checklist intended to achieve equal footing with NASA and transform the nation’s technological […]

Scientists come up with a method to make oxygen from moon dust

January 21st, 2020 at 1:25 pm » Comments Off

Artist impression of activities in a Moon Base. Power generation from solar cells, food production in greenhouses and construction using mobile 3D printer-rovers. The moon is covered in fine, delicate dust called regolith which sticks to absolutely everything and causes all sorts of technical problems. But it is an abundant resource, and plans for making […]

China makes major breakthrough in space propulsion technology

January 20th, 2020 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

The 20-kW Hall thruster in operation at a laboratory of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation  China has made a major breakthrough in the development of the Hall-effect thruster (HET), an important space propulsion technology. Researchers from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) have developed the country’s first HET with an input […]

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