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August 25th, 2014 at 11:11 am

Cosmonauts find sea plankton on outside of International Space Station

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Cosmonauts found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on outside of ISS.

ITAR-TASS, a Russian press agency, is reporting something so surprising that it’s hard to believe: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can’t really explain how it is possible.

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August 13th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Development of an 80,000 person Mars city possible by 2040

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A self-supporting Mars colony.

The first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, according to a hopeful Elon Musk. He thinks it is certainly possible for that to occur. Musk says the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multiplanetary.

 

 

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August 6th, 2014 at 11:30 am

World’s first artificial leaf that converts water and light into oxygen

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The man-made leaf could help us breathe in space.

Lack of oxygen throughout the universe is one of the persistent challenges of manned space exploration. Trees and other plant life do us a real solid by taking in our bad breath and changing it back to clean, sweet O2 here on Earth. (Video)

 

 

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July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am

The future of moon exploration

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Bigelow Aerospace plan to build bases on the moon.

One day, a rocket carrying more than a dozen privately built probes touches down on the moon. The robots burst from the vehicle in a race to beam back high-definition video and other data while roving the surface of Earth’s nearest natural satellite. The people of Earth watch a broadcast of the race as the rovers roam (or stall) in the lunar dust. (Videos)

 

 

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May 15th, 2014 at 10:09 am

Boeing’s futuristic CST-100 space capsule tourists won’t hate

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Boeing CST-100 space capsule

When private space is an established industry in the not-so-distant future, different carriers will provide distinctive customer experiences for space tourists—just as Jet Blue and Delta airlines provide different inflight amenities. At least that’s what Boeing is banking on with its recently unveiled interior designs for the CST-100 space capsule.

 

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May 12th, 2014 at 8:21 am

The Next Great Space Race – Space-Based Power Stations

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Earth’s appetite for power continues to grow. Since the 1960s, power consumption has quadrupled around the globe, with many countries opting to build large oil and coal plants to meet the demand.

 

 

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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 11:38 am

They sound like science fiction, but these 5 energy technologies are getting close to reality

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Space-based solar

Some newer clean energy sources are becoming mainstream industries with low prices and established financing models like solar panels and wind turbines. But even in this era of emerging predictable clean energy, there are some pretty weird, experimental and ambitious energy projects under development. And they’re trying to move out of the lab and off of research papers, and into actual production.

 

 

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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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April 28th, 2014 at 11:56 am

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to build an orbiting solar farm

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Mirrors in orbit would reflect sunlight onto huge solar panels.

What if you could imagine looking at Tokyo Bay from high above and seeing a man-made island in the harbor, 3 kilometers long. There is a massive net stretched over the island and studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, which convert microwave energy into DC electricity. Also on the island is a substation that sends that electricity coursing through a submarine cable to Tokyo, to help keep the factories of the Keihin industrial zone humming and the neon lights of Shibuya shining bright.

 

 

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