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March 19th, 2015 at 1:18 pm

NASA teams up with billionaire to mine the moon

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Mountain View, California-based company, Moon Express is aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year.  Earlier this year they became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.   Continue Reading »

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March 9th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Images from new type of space telescope could be 1,000x sharper than hubble

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A new type of orbiting space telescope could be capable of producing images that are more than 1,000 times sharper than what the Hubble Space Telescope can capture.   Continue Reading »

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January 26th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Nasa releases 1.5 billion pixel image

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A sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, it is also the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor.

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January 9th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Human Waste can be used as Fuel in Space

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Get your toilet humor and poop puns ready – it’s time for another edition of “What do astronauts do with all that doo-doo?” NASA recently asked researchers to come up with a way to use all of the human waste expected to pile up when it builds a moon base. The best answer was to use it to fuel spacecrafts on their trips back to Earth.

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January 5th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

NASA wants to Send Astronauts to Mars by 2030

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Now for something completely out of this world.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has officially announced, this week, it plans to send humans to the red planet – in a future manned mission that will see humans first attempt to land on the surface of an asteroid, and if successful, the later goal being to put those human astronauts on the actual surface of Mars.

“NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s,” the press release issued by the U.S government-funded space organization read.

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December 24th, 2014 at 11:03 am

NASA will use human waste to fuel spacecrafts

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What do astronauts do with human waste?

Recently, NASA asked researchers to come up with a way to use all of the human waste expected to pile up when it builds a moon base. The best answer was to use it to fuel spacecrafts on their trips back to Earth.

 

 

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December 24th, 2014 at 10:20 am

Mining asteroids comes closer to reality

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Platinum metals and water are the most profitable potential for operations of asteroid mining.

Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources have announced that they will pursue their plans if asteroid mining. The companies have received contracts from NASA to study asteroid redirection.

 

 

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December 19th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Astronaut aboard the ISS needs a wrench and NASA successfully ‘emails’ him one

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Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore poses with the 3D-printed socket wrench emailed

 - We’re finally starting to see the benefits of having a 3D printer aboard the International Space Station, as NASA and Made in Space basically emailed a ratcheting socket wrench to astronaut Barry Wilmore.

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November 28th, 2014 at 10:05 am

NASA to create bioengineered drones made of mushrooms and bacteria

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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?

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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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