Our Generation Ships Will Sink
As noted in Cory's review, Kim Stanley Robinson's makes an undeniable case for ecological stewardship through a rigorous, gripping technological speculation about climate science, biology, space propulsion and sociodynamic factors. In this exclusive feature essay, Robinson explains the technology behind the best science fiction novel of 2015.
'The title WANDERERS refers partly to the original meaning of the word "planet". In ancient greek, the planets visible in the sky were collectively called "aster planetes" which means "wandering star". It also refers to ourselves; for hundreds of thousands of years - the wanderers of the Earth.
NASA Digs This Idea for Robots to Build Igloos on Mars
Well before NASA announced that liquid water exists on Mars, a team of designers from Clouds Architecture Office and Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch) toiled to figure out how we could use ice-so, in essence, water-as shelter on the Red Planet. It's a simple idea, really.
How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars
Goal: Put 1,000,000 people on Mars Today, no one is talking about Mars, and very few people think of Mars as a relevant part of the near future. But unless I've missed something big or something unexpected happens, in about 10-20 years, people will start going to Mars.
Colonizing The Moon May Be 90 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought
Only 12 people have walked on the moon, and we haven't been back since 1972. But a new NASA-commission study has found that we can now afford to set up a permanent base on the moon, by mining for lunar resources and partnering with private companies.
Curiosity sees hint of Earth-like atmosphere on ancient Mars
OUT OF THIS WORLD | Earth, Space And The Stuff In Between - a daily journey through weather, space and science with meteorologist/science writer Scott Sutherland NASA's Curiosity took this selfie while conducting science at the "Windjana" site on Mars, in April and May of 2014.
Scientists Grow First Edible Plants From Mars-Like Soil
Scientists are bringing life on Mars closer and closer to reality by growing edible plants in soil similar to that of the red planet. Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands successfully grew 10 crops of which four so far have been tested and claimed edible, according to a Mars One statement.
SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars in 2018
Last year, a research team from the NASA Ames Research Center came up with an idea to use a modified SpaceX Dragon capsule to send a sample return mission to Mars. Though SpaceX has not endorsed the project, NASA Ames thinks a sample return mission would be possible in 2022.
Ordnance Survey has mapped Mars using NASA open data
Ordnance Survey has mapped Mars using NASA open data. Background here (in chatty style). Clickable Mars maps can be found at the OS flickr channel.
Anorak | Nigerian astronaut lost in space needs $3m to get home - could be a scam
The Anorak Inbox features this plea: Nigerian Astronaut is lost in space needs $3Million to come home Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home Dr. Bakare Tunde Astronautics Project Manager National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Plot 555 Misau Street PMB 437 Garki, Abuja, FCT NIGERIA Dear Mr. Sir, REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE-STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde.
Elon Musk: SpaceX to make trip to Mars by 2025
HONG KONG, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he plans to send humans to Mars by 2025. Musk expressed his plans for the future of space travel at the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong and said he plans to reach the International Space Station himself in four or five years.
SOME good ideas take years of dogged perseverance to come to fruition. That has certainly been true of a hypersonic engine which Alan Bond, a British engineer, began developing in 1982. Its first incarnation was as part of a government-backed spaceplane project called HOTOL (horizontal take-off and landing), run by Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace.
Bitcoins in Space One Step Closer
BitSat Design Study Announced ATLANTA, GA. - April 23, 2014 - Bitcoins took one small step towards space today with the announcement of a preliminary design contract between Jeff Garzik's Dunvegan Space Systems and Deep Space Industries Inc. as part of a drive to develop an orbital system for the not-for-profit BitSat project.
The final symbol of our species' concern for itself is the rescue of a stranded astronaut. (First Gravity, now The Martian, both classics of the Space-Cinema-Sino-US-Detente Complex.) There are narrative problems you could fly a starship through (with missing robots at the top of the list). It doesn't matter.
Musk Squares Off With Bezos in Space Billionaires' Twitter Feud
Jeff Bezos achieved two technological milestones in barely 24 hours. His Blue Origin LLC sent a rocket to the edge of space and landed it safely back on Earth, a pioneering feat. Then the 51-year-old Amazon.com Inc. founder hailed the event with his first-ever tweet on Tuesday, dubbing the lightly scorched booster the "rarest of beasts, a used rocket."
The Cook and the Chef: Musk's Secret Sauce
This is the last part of a four-part series on Elon Musk's companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1. 1 1 Four quick notes: 1) We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing.
Spacecraft Data: Saturn Moon's Ocean May Harbor Hydrothermal Activity
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first clear evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus exhibits signs of present-day hydrothermal activity which may resemble that seen in the deep oceans on Earth. The implications of such activity on a world other than our planet open up unprecedented scientific possibilities.
The Bizarre, Tangled Tale of the Only Sculpture on the Moon
One crisp March morning in 1969, artist Paul van Hoeydonck was visiting his Manhattan gallery when he stumbled into the middle of a startling conversation. Louise Tolliver Deutschman, the gallery's director, was making an energetic pitch to Dick Waddell, the owner. "Why don't we put a sculpture of Paul's on the moon," she insisted.
Democrats and Republicans agree: If you can mine it in space, it's yours
During the last 15 years one of the most promising developments in US spaceflight has been a proliferation of new businesses entering the sector. It's not just SpaceX, but rather a host of companies such as Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and many others seeking to make a buck or two in outer space.
SpaceX's Elon Musk: Nasa? 2035? I'll put man on Mars in the next 10
Elon Musk has undercut Nasa's projection of landing humans on Mars by 2035, revealing plans to do the same by 2026. "I'm hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," he told CNBC.