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April 21st, 2014 at 11:44 am

Google X really did try to design a space elevator

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A space elevator is just the thing that is needed to open up the high frontier of space.

A working space elevator is still not a reality as of yet. But some of the most intelligent and imaginative minds on Earth have been looking into the logistics of building such a space elevator. Rich DeVaul, head of Google X’s Rapid Evaluation team, has confirmed for the first time ever that Google’s super hush-hush R&D lab actually tried to design one.

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 8:16 am

Top 10 ways 3D printing could change space

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A closeup of a titanium lattice ball manufactured using a 3D printing process.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has identified ten ways to transform how space missions put together in their investigation of the potential of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing.

 

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March 26th, 2014 at 11:34 am

Space X founder Elon Musk eyes huge colony on Mars

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Musk hopes for flights to Mars to be available through his private space travel company at a cost of around $500,000 per person.

The billionaire founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, Elon Must, wants to help establish a Mars colony of up to 80,000 people by ferrying explorers to the Red Planet for perhaps $500,000 a trip.

 

 

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March 13th, 2014 at 11:20 am

A telescope bigger than a galaxy

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Astronomers have announced a view of the universe though a lens more than 500,000 light years wide, as part of a program called “Frontier Fields” to search for the first galaxies. (Video)

 

 

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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

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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 14th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Chinese space-themed hotel run by robots

The Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel in Shenzhen, China.

Would you like to travel to space but the cost of a Virgin Galactic flight falls outside of your budget?  You might want to consider a trip to China instead.

 

 

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January 6th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Gecko-inspired wall-crawling robot could someday be used in space

Abigaille, a robot inspired by the gecko.

Inspired by the gecko, a robot that crawls up walls has taken a small but important step towards a future in space, scientists said on Thursday. The tiny legged prototype could be the forerunner of automatons that crawl along the hulls of spacecraft, cleaning and maintaining them, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

 

 

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November 29th, 2013 at 8:41 am

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

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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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November 12th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Do astronauts believe aliens exist?

“I don’t know of any astronauts who think we’re alone in the universe,” Chris Hadfield.

Chris Hadfield is a reasonable man.  He is a former astronaut, former commander of the International Space Station, and a social media superstar.

 

 

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November 9th, 2013 at 4:50 am

Top 13 Photos of the Week

Much like Dr Frankenstein, she was determined to bring her old clothes back to life!

Quote of the Day:  ”We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” – Robert Wilensky

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