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July 1st, 2014 at 8:09 am

If we fund Elon Musk instead of NASA, we can send humans back to space

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Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the wealthy and polarizing founder of PayPal, Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), is on a hot streak when it comes to spaceflight. He’s raiding revenue streams from Nasa and the US military to fund a private manned space program. His main weapon: low prices, with SpaceX offering satellite launches at about one-fifth the price of competitors at just over $60m a pop.



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May 11th, 2014 at 8:16 am

Nasa tests growing lettuce in space

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A plant growth chamber designed to make gardens thrive in weightlessness.

NASA scientists believe they may have found a solution to how to grow vegetables in space. It could bring an end to astronauts on the space station subsisting largely on a diet of pre-packaged dehydrated food.

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May 8th, 2014 at 11:01 am

Commercial space travel revs up

SpaceShip2 Rockets Ahead

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two

NASA has lost the urgency of the space race years of the 1960′s, but today’s commercial space sector looks to be recapturing some of that fervor. On Friday, May 2nd at New York City’s historic Explorer’s Club the players in America’s private space race were out in force at this event, each one promising major breakthroughs that will arrive within the next year or two.



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March 28th, 2014 at 9:19 am

NASA reveals spacesuit of the future

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Z-series spacesuit

Style in spacesuits tends to advance at a slow pace. The spacesuit that is being currently worn by astronauts has been in use since 1982. But NASA has designed the Z-series suit that is designed for walking on Mars, not just floating around in space as astronauts have in the past. And NASA wants you to help pick the final look. (pics)



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March 4th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

How NASA scientists plan to farm on Mars

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Scientist Angelo Vermeulen on a Mars mock-up in Hawaii.

NASA has big plans for Mars in the coming decades, including intentions to blast a fifth rover onto the planet’s surface by 2020 and send a manned mission by 2030.



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February 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Google planning aerospace, robotic projects for Hangar One

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Hangar One

What would you do with a 350,000-square-foot hangar built to house helium airships for the U.S. Navy if you were Google, Inc.? Would you use the cavernous interior for building and testing new robots, planetary rovers and other space or aviation technology?



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February 17th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

NASA looking to private companies to mine the moon


Below the surface there exist deposits of water, rare minerals, and other substances not so common here on Earth.

Instead of NASA resupplying the International Space Station, private corporations have taken on that job. Mars One has just as good a chance as NASA does at establishing a permanent colony on Mars. Even the Moon, which has for so long been NASA’s claim to fame, is now being offered up on a silver NASA-backed platter.



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February 1st, 2014 at 9:05 am

NASA plans to make water and oxygen on the surface of the Moon and Mars by 2020


NASA is taking steps that could lead to colonization of other planets.

NASA is working on plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. It is vital that we find a way of extracting these vital gases and liquids from moons and planets if we ever want to colonize other planets, rather than transporting them from Earth (which is prohibitively expensive, due to Earth’s gravity). The current plan is to land a rover on the Moon in 2018 that will try to extract hydrogen, water, and oxygen — and then hopefully, Curiosity’s successor will try to convert the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen in 2020 when it lands on Mars.



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January 16th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Top 14 Photos of the Week

If your vision is getting bad, squeezing in a little exercise never hurts!

Quote of the Week:  ”Misers aren’t fun to live with, but they make wonderful ancestors.” – David Brenner

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November 29th, 2013 at 8:41 am

Will 3D printing bring space-based solar power to reality?

SpiderFab 3-D robotic printer

Since the 1970′s, space-based solar power has been a futuristic fantasy but the advent of 21st century 3-D printing may bring it a step closer to reality. (Video)



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