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 […]
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Lockheed Martin GPS III Since 1993, the US Air Force has made its Global Positioning System (GPS) available to the world, and ever since then that technology has found its way into many facets of our everyday lives. It’s in our cars, in our phones, and even in our watches. It’s not surprising then that […]
It’s a space elevator concept that could actually work. It would be much easier to escape Earth’s gravity if you could skip the energy-intensive rockets. That’s the idea behind the Spaceline, a newly-proposed type of space elevator that would link the Earth and the Moon in a bid drastically cut the cost of space […]
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” becoming the first human being to walk on the moon. NASA reported to Congress that the Apollo program cost $25.4 billion ($176 billion in 2019 dollars). At the time, there were only two entities with the resources to […]
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 […]
A new 3D printer will launch to the space station in July with the goal of manufacturing human tissue in space.A new 3D printer will launch to the space station in July with the goal of manufacturing human tissue in space.(Image: © Techshot Inc.) The futuristic gizmo will launch this month.
NASA Mars recruitment poster NASA/KSC Look around the space where you are sitting. How many of the things you see were not available to you as a child? Perhaps you note a laptop, smart phone or Wi-Fi connection? Now imagine these things vanished. What would your life be like? Think back to when you were […]
Artist’s concept of LightSail 2 above Earth. Image: The Planetary Society Yesterday, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched NASA’s STP-2 mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying with it a whole raft of technology demonstrations that will one day aid in smarter spacecraft design and help the agency’s efforts in getting to Mars. Some of […]
One measured photon has roughly the energy of a falling ping-pong ball. The Tibetan Plateau is a vast elevated plain almost five kilometers above sea level, sometimes called the Roof of the World. It is bordered to the south by the world’s highest mountain range and to the north by desert lands. It is one […]
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 […]
Chinese space scientists are currently outfitting their Mars Rover with scientific instruments in preparation for a launch next year. The “Mars 2020 mission spacecraft is undergoing integration,” Wang Chi, director of China’s National Space Science Center, told Space News.
The 60 satellites packed tightly into a fairing. With one launch in the books and potentially dozens still to go, SpaceX has begun its build-out of the ambitious Starlink internet constellation—a series of interconnected satellites designed to deliver high-speed internet to paying customers around the globe. The 60 Starlink satellites, each weighing 500 pounds (227 […]