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November 28th, 2014 at 10:05 am

NASA to create bioengineered drones made of mushrooms and bacteria


Prototype of the bioengineered drone.

Autonomous drones can seem like they have minds of their own and that creeps out some people.  But a new, NASA-backed research project seeks to create something quite different: A living, breathing, biodegradable drone made out of bacteria and fungi.



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November 20th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

How much money would it take to build a space base?


Moon base

How much would it cost to establish a space base on the Moon or an asteroid? Universe Today spoke with Philip Metzger, a former senior research physicist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, who has explored this subject extensively on his website and in published papers.



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October 15th, 2014 at 11:35 am

Space will go commercial with 2015 launch of Bigelow inflatable room


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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October 8th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

NASA satellite images reveal extent of Aral Sea disaster

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Aral Sea August 25, 2000

A massive environmental disaster dubbed “the quiet Chernobyl,” is shown in series of NASA satellite images that reveal the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea. (Photos)



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September 25th, 2014 at 11:55 am

NASA blasts first 3D printer into space

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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 making things in orbit—a huge step forward for exploration. (Video)

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September 18th, 2014 at 10:23 am

3D printed Mars homes could be built in 24 hours

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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.



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September 12th, 2014 at 11:04 am

Top 10 myths about space we need to stop believing

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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.



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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

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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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