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Elon Musk: The Rocket That Will Eventually return Humans to the Moon Launches in 4 Months – ScienceAlert The next phase is almost here.
NASA just fast-tracked its mission to explore a $10,000 quadrillion metal asteroid – ScienceAlert It would collapse the global economy.
Boeing tapped to build Phantom Express spaceplane for DARPA DARPA’s ambitious launch-a-day spaceplane is a step closer to lift off after Boeing announced that it’s been assigned the contract to work with the agency to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program.
How to turn the Moon into an interplanetary petrol station | TechRadar A team of students have come up with a plan to dramatically increase the amount of stuff rockets can carry to Mars.
Secret US spaceplane returns to Earth after record flight The US Air Force’s not-so-secret secret spaceplane X-37B set a new orbital endurance record for a reusable unmanned spacecraft as it set down today at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after spending 718 days in orbit.
Facility to test SABRE air-breathing engine under construction Reaction Engines’ Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) has the potential to be an aeronautical game-changer by providing single-stage-to-orbit launch capabilities. Construction has now begun on the facility that will be used to conduct the ground test of SABRE’s engine cycle.
Cassini just sent back images from its first-ever dive through Saturn’s rings, and they’re incredible – ScienceAlert Holy crap.
One Big Question: What will space exploration look like in 2040? Amidst the rocket models, jet engines and satellites at the 33rd Annual Space Symposium, we found a quiet corner to sit down with Scott Fouse, the vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center. We asked him: What will space exploration look like in 2040?
Grand Finale of NASA’s mission to Saturn and its moons | NextBigFuture.com Grand Finale of NASA’s mission to Saturn and its moons
Get excited: NASA has agreed to fund 22 wild ideas for space exploration – ScienceAlert The future starts here.
From Earth to orbit using a single-stage rocket ARCA Space Corporation is developing the world’s first SSTO launch vehicle that can deliver both a small payload and itself into low Earth orbit at a cost of about US$1 million per launch. The Haas 2CA uses a linear aerospike engine instead of bell-shaped engines to do away with multiple stages.
Here’s why the SpaceX launch means we’ve entered a new era of spaceflight – ScienceAlert Space has never been so close.
SpaceX Is Pushing Hard to Bring the Internet to Space | RealClearFuture SpaceX Is Pushing Hard to Bring the Internet to Space | RealClearFuture
The US Government has issued NASA a demand – Get humans to Mars by 2033 – ScienceAlert The focal point of NASA’s long term plans.
NASA just released a bunch of its software for free – ScienceAlert Here’s what’s worth downloading.
Google is giving $20m to the first team to land a spacecraft on the Moon in 2017 – ScienceAlert The final countdown has begun.
Brewing beer on the moon – the next giant leap? ​One of the major disappointments of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969 was the discovery of the complete absence of beer on the Moon, but a team of engineering students are aiming to change that.
Mars in 3 Days? Photonic Propulsion Technology Could Bridge The Gap | Video To reach the power levels needed to reach a proportion of the speed of light humanity will need to create new technologies. One such technology, photonics propulsion, is showing promise.
NASA is sending a probe to a bizarre metallic world – ScienceAlert Discovering the Solar System’s early secrets.
Map of the entire visible universe released to the public In 2010, equipped with the biggest astronomical camera in the world, the Pan-STARRS1 telescope began scanning the sky in different wavelengths of light. Now all 2 petabytes of data gathered will become available to the public.
Boron has been detected on Mars for the first time – ScienceAlert The first sign of habitable groundwater.
This Self-Healing Tech Could Let Us Reach the Closest Alien Stars in Just 20 Years NASA is working with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology to make it possible for our technology to reach alien stars in as little time as 20 years. The technology is not yet ready for deployment but self-healing technology could be a significant step forward in deep space travel.
The Space Review: A note on the possible impending death of human space exploration
Virgin Galactic’s Spaceplane Completed Its First Solo Glide Flight Space tourism came a step closer with Virgin Galactic’s successful glide test of its VSS Unity spaceplane. The commercial space race is tightening with so many companies trying to throw a hat into the last frontier.
NASA and Orbital ATK partner up to build technologies for space-based construction NASA has teamed up with private space firm Orbital ATK to develop new technologies for in-orbit assembly of large space structures, all in the name of getting us to Mars and beyond.
Astronomers have discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe – ScienceAlert It was hiding behind the Milky Way.
Extraterrestrial Gold Rush: What’s Next for the Space Mining Industry? Multiple companies are pursuing space mining activities, so what's standing in the way of a space mining gold rush?
SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites into space to bring super-fast internet to the world Elon Musk’s SpaceX wants to launch thousands of satellites into space with the aim of providing super-fast global internet coverage.
Lexus unveils (fictional) single-seat spacecraft Lexus has shown that it can design more than just cars, with the unveiling of a new single-seat spacecraft. The SkyJet is designed specifically for pursuit and shares features with the upcoming Lexus LC coupe. Sadly, it will only be available in a fictional world and not for another 700 years.
NASA outlines six new storm-chasing CubeSats The main focus of shoebox-sized CubeSats is studying Earth and testing technologies in orbit. NASA has outlined six new small satellite missions to be launched over the next few months, equipped with new methods of studying the Earth’s atmosphere, climate and weather.
This 12-Mile-High Elevator Will Reduce the Cost of Space Travel We may soon take an elevator to get to space.
Humans Could One Day Live in This Sustainable Martian City What would a sustainable city on Mars look like?
CubeSats could soon be zooming around space under their own power Rubik’s-cube-sized CubeSats are nifty, cheap way to study space, but they’re limited to low orbits – until now. Los Alamos researchers have created a safe and innovative rocket motor that could allow CubeSats to zoom around space and even de-orbit themselves when they’re finished their mission.
Elon Musk is about to test the ‘trickiest’ part of his Mars spaceship – ScienceAlert Big day at the office.
Why Space Elevators Could Be the Future of Space Travel Expensive, unsustainable rockets have served as our primary means to exit Earth, but space elevators present a cheaper way to enter outer space. Although new materials are needed, space elevator missions are in motion and we could see the first elevator constructed in the next several decades.
Elon Musk describes his vision for human habitats on Mars – LA Times SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk answered questions in a Reddit AMA about his plans to create a civilization on Mars.
Elon Musk Is Right: We Can Insure Against Extinction by Colonizing Space
Scientists Just Launched a Breakthrough Initiative to Find Intelligent Alien Life The National Astronomical Observatories of China have partnered with Breakthrough Initiative to find alien life, bringing the largest radio telescope in the world with them — the 488 meter (1,600 foot) FAST telescope.
Meet Asgardia, the proposed space nation for those who want to escape Earth | ExtremeTech No startup ever faced such a literal threat of crashing and burning. Do you want BioShock? Because this is how …
The Universe is Far Bigger Than We Thought, and It Has 10x More Galaxies It turns out the observable universe has at least 10 times more galaxies than the mid 1990s Hubble Deep Field images count of about 100 to 200 billion. The development of more advanced space telescopes in the future could unveil even more of the observable universe.
An international group of scientists wants you to join Asgardia – the first space nation – ScienceAlert Protectors of Earth, unite! 
Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Mystery Mission Wings by 500 Days in Orbit The latest secretive mission of the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane has cruised beyond 500 days in Earth orbit since its launch into orbit last year.
Unexpected Result: Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Dramatically Lands New Shepard Rocket About 45 seconds into flight, at an altitude of 16,000 feet.
China Plans World’s Largest Spaceplane For 2020 Launch The spaceplanes are designed for repeated use, clocking in as many as 50 flights per usable lifespan. A ride could cost between $200,000 to $250,000.
Boeing Announces Ambitious Plan to Go Head-to-Head Against Elon Musk Boeing wants to beat SpaceX and reach Mars before Elon Musk does. 
Elon Musk: This Is How We’ll Get to Mars This *massive* spaceship is taking humanity to Mars.
Have researchers spotted alien signals? Mystery of unidentified emissions | Daily Mail Online At the end of last year, researchers at Nasa’s Swift space observatory launched an investigation to study a group of mysterious radio sources first detected nearly six decades ago.” name=”description
ESA experiment aims to prevent “sick” spaceships To prevent outbreaks of fungus and other microbe infestations aboard future space missions, ESA is carrying out an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) to study the antibacterial properties of various materials in space.
A Cheaper Form of Spaceflight: Soon, Balloon-Based Rocket Launches Could Be Bringing You To Space Spanish company Zero2infinity has devised a system to launch small satellites via balloons. Called the Bloostar, a balloon would carry a small rocket up to near-Earth orbit, then launch them.
Jeff Bezos Just Revealed His Ambitious Plan For Colonizing Our Solar System In an interview with the Washington Post, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reveals what he thinks will be the future of humanity when we eventually colonize space. Nuclear reactors in space, populations in the millions, and more.
Elon Musk to Outline His Plans for Mars – Bloomberg Beleaguered dreamer will briefly leave Earth for Mars on Tuesday, as he addresses the 67th Astronautical Congress.” data-ephemeral=”true
How Private Spaceflight Went From Impossible Dream to Epic Space Race
Scientists Are Sending A Tiny Satellite Propelled By Water To Orbit The Moon A team from Cornell is out to prove that water is all you need to send an aircraft flying in space. They will attempt to send a CubeSat, a tiny satellite no bigger than a cereal box, to orbit the moon.
Space agency starts to unfold atlas of 1 billion stars in 3D – Business Insider If space is the final frontier, it will help to have an accurate map.
Asteroid mining: The race for space riches There’s gold in them thar asteroids – also iron, nickel, copper and, most valuable of all, water. The question is, where exactly is all this mineral wealth and how do you get it without going broke in the process?
Jeff Bezos reveals new Blue Origin rocket photo – Business Insider Looking forward to the future.
Virgin Galactic airborne after two year hiatus Virgin Galactic has returned to flight status with SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity taking to the skies over Mojave, California. Though a full crew was in the cockpit, this was a captive-carry test flight, where the passenger-carrying spacecraft remained firmly attached to the mothership.
To Bennu and Back: NASA Just Launched the First-Ever Asteroid Return Mission The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has launched aboard an Atlas V 411 rocket. It’s headed towards the asteroid Bennu, which could hold some pretty incredible secrets about our origins. It’s so incredible that the principle investigator of the mission already has plans for a second trip.
The ‘impossible’ EM Drive is about to be tested in space – ScienceAlert Time to get to the bottom of this crazy thing.
“Strange” Signal From Star Triggers SETI Investigation—Much To Scientists’ Dismay A strong signal detected over a year ago from the Hercules constellation is now being assessed. While astronomers doubt that it came from an advanced extraterrestrial civilization, they think it’s worth having a look (if only to quell the rumors).
“Space Train” Concept Could Get Humans to Mars in Two Days, If Only It Would Work Imaginactive founder Charles Bombardier released a concept for a space train that never stops: it cuts down on energy required by eliminating the acceleration and deceleration phases which take up most fuel. The Solar Express will pick up passengers and cargo at specific points where it will meet up with other smaller shuttles so it doesn’t have to land (and accelerate) all over again.
NASA Just Made Contact With a Lost Spacecraft After Two Years of Silence After almost two years of losing contact with one of its spacecrafts, NASA finally reestablishes communications with the STEREO-B as it starts to move out of the Sun’s interference zone.
CONFIRMED: An Earth-like planet has been found in our closest neighbouring star system – ScienceAlert
China unveils Mars 2020 rover design NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is on track to meet its deadline and it won’t be alone on the Red Planet. The Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) has unveiled images of a probe and rover it plans to send to Mars at around the same time.
A lost spacecraft is communicating with NASA after almost 2 years – ScienceAlert STEREO-B is back!
NASA has successfully test-fired the engine for the most powerful rocket ever – ScienceAlert This is how we get to Mars.
Chinese scientists study viability of manned radar station on the moon | South China Morning Post China has commissioned a group of scientists to study the feasibility of building a manned radar station on the moon, but many experts on the mainland have questioned the potentially massive cost of the project and the usefulness of building such…
China launches world’s first quantum satellite Chinese scientists claim to have launched the world’s first quantum communications satellite with which they intend to experiment with quantum communication and teleportation from space, in the hope of one day producing an entire global network of quantum communication systems.
NASA competition will see virtual robots repair a storm-damaged Martian base NASA, in conjunction with global innovation consultant organization NineSigma, has launched a new competition aimed at pushing the limits of robotic dexterity.
NASA just made all the scientific research it funds available for free – ScienceAlert There goes our weekend.
NASA’s asteroid capture mission gets ready to rock in 2021 NASA is that much closer to snatching an asteroid after the robotic half of its two-part Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) passed a key program review. The mission to retrieve an asteroid and move it into lunar orbit for study can now proceed to the next phase of design and development.
5000 Minirobots Are Being Deployed to Map the Universe Starting in 2019, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument is set to explore the universe using cylindrical robots, boldly going ‘where no map has gone before.’
SpaceX nails high-speed ocean landing SpaceX has nailed another seabarge landing of a first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. Returning from the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite, the Falcon 9 booster set down on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship late Saturday.
China’s Hypersonic Spaceplane Could Be Available By 2030 The CASTC is beginning advanced research on combined cycle engines that can takeoff from an airport’s landing strip and fly straight into orbit. Claimed to have operating status by 2030, this pace plane could enable space tourism.
This Weird Meteorite Could Be Our First Ever from the Outer Solar System A meteorite, which landed in Canada back in 2000, is now being said to be from the Kuiper Belt. NASA’s New Horizons mission may be able to collect samples from the outer solar system to compare.
China developing a hypersonic space plane which could cut the cost of space travel | Daily Mail Online China is developing a new hypersonic space plane (illustrated) that will use a combined cycle air breathing engine along with rocket motors. It hopes to deliver a working plane by 2030.
SpaceX is Ready to Test The Rocket That Will Take Humans to Mars SpaceX has confirmed that it has sent its Raptor rocket, the one it will be using for a Mars mission for testing in a Texas facility.
Deep Space Industries plans first private asteroid landing as mining prelude Deep Space Industries has announced that it will conduct what it claims is the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. It is planning to launch an unmanned spacecraft called Prospector-1 to intercept, survey, and land on a near-Earth asteroid as a prelude to space mining operations.
SpaceX Is Partnering With NASA For a 2018 Mars Mission SpaceX has reached a cooperation agreement with NASA for its 2018 Mars mission. This deal will see NASA providing technical support to the company, and SpaceX sharing data on the performance of its spacecraft.
Kepler’s Latest Batch of Alien Planets Reveals 20 ‘Second Earth’ Candidates We are now in a very technologically advanced generation, and as we make progress every single day, the possibility of finding life beyond Earth seems more plausible than ever.
We just got even weirder results about the ‘alien megastructure’ star – ScienceAlert Something strange is definitely going on.
Get Ready, Space Tourists: FAA Issues License For Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo The FAA-AST has just issued an operator license to Virgin Galactic to operate its SpaceShipTwo. The craft also had a test of its taxiing skills, which coincided with the approval.
NASA Estimates SpaceX 2018 Mars Mission Will Cost Only $300 Million Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning on going to Mars. NASA estimates that the cost will only be around $300 million.
How ‘immortal’ plasma rockets could take us to Mars – ScienceAlert The ‘electric vehicals’ of space travel.
Japan is about to test out plans for a real-life space elevator – ScienceAlert Top floor, please.
NASA Finds 104 Alien Worlds, Four Could Support Earth-Like Life NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has combined data from Earth-based telescopes and found 197 planet candidates and 104 exoplanets (four of which could host Earth-like alien life).
Human DNA sent into SPACE to ‘back-up’ species so we’re NEVER extinct | Science | News | Daily Express A REVOLUTIONARY project is in the pipeline which will see scientists send human DNA to other star systems as a ‘back-up’ for the human species.
2040: A Space Odyssey [Infographic] What would a manned mission across the solar system look like? Take a trip to 2040 with us and find out!
China Nears Launch Of Its “Hack-Proof” Quantum Satellite China will be launching its quantum satellite next month, putting the feasibility of a global quantum network to the test for the first time.
The Possible Reality of Artificial Gravity The prospect of artificial gravity on space stations is actually possible, but highly expensive and resource-demanding
Saturn’s Moon Enceladus May be Our Best Shot at Finding Extraterrestrial Life Astronomers gathered by a NASA scientist met to discuss how to conduct the search for alien life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus.
NASA Successfully Tests Most Powerful Rocket Booster Ever Made NASA has just conducted the final ground test of one of the boosters that’ll power the Space Launch System (SLS) to the Red Planet.
Traveling Near The Speed Of Light [Infographic] Earth to the Moon in 1.28 seconds? This is what it would be like to explore the Universe at 99.9% the speed of light.
New Tech Installed on The ISS Set To Form Solar System-Wide ‘Internet’ The ISS has just installed a new technology known as Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking, the first stage in a new mission that aims to allow the implementation of a Solar System-wide Internet in the near future.
New Paper Claims EM Drive Works, Produces Light As Exhaust A new paper in AIP Advances argues that the controversial EM Drive doesn’t break physics as we know it, as it emits light (photons) as exhaust. However, other experts assert that it’s likely just an artifact.
Astronomers discover ‘wind nebula’ around the most powerful magnet in the Universe – ScienceAlert  F*cking magnets.
Experts says a ‘space base’ halfway between the Moon and Earth could be built in 10 years – ScienceAlert We can’t wait.
Humanity’s Future in Space Depends on Asteroid Mining Governments around the globe are teaming with private companies in order to make asteroid mining a reality. Experts assert that we could be engaged in mining operations within the next decade. Here’s a breakdown of how we’ll do it, and why we need to.
Forget the ISS, get ready for the ROS: Russia reveals plans for solo space station | Daily Mail Online Called the Russian Orbital Station, or ROS, it will will include three modules, two of which will detatch from the ISS, with an option to add two more at a later date.
Russia to send 12 cosmonauts to the Moon ahead of creating a permanent base | Daily Mail Online The moon base will be used for research and mining of precious minerals – but some suggest it may also have a military purpose.
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Will Reach Jupiter on July 4th NASA’s space probe Juno is set to reach Jupiter by July 4, initiating a two year long study on the gas giant that is far more comprehensive than anything before.
Physicists say they’ve figured out how to ‘see’ inside a black hole – ScienceAlert What lies beyond the event horizon.
Thanks To This Ice House, We Are One Step Closer To Living On Mars It’s shell would protect against radiation without compromising life above ground.
A Robotic Census Of Mars [Infographic] Over 50 spacecrafts have been sent to the red planet since 1960. Seven of them are still active, with another scheduled to join them in 2018. Meet the robotic orbiters and rovers that populate the red planet.
Engineers Created Tiny, Hovering Reusable Rockets A new video of Masten Space System’s Xodiac and Xaero B rockets shows impressive capability and maneuverability, and these could be the crafts that allow us to explore other worlds in a way never before possible.
Physicists Say They’ve Figured out How Spacecraft Could Make It Through a Wormhole A new paper asserts that a physical body might be able to pass through a wormhole in spite of the extreme tidal forces that are at play.
The US is close to approving the first ever private Moon mission for 2017 – ScienceAlert Here we go!
Researchers have finally peered behind Jupiter’s colourful clouds – ScienceAlert Jupiter exposed!
WATCH: Here’s how SpaceX plans to land on Mars in 2018 – ScienceAlert They’re setting up an Earth-to-Mars postal service. Seriously.
This footage of Friday’s perfect SpaceX landing is simply incredible – ScienceAlert What a time to be alive.
An Artificial Meteor Show May Light The 2020 Tokyo Olympics A Japanese research company has developed a way to artificially recreate a meteor shower using satellites placed in orbit and “source pellets,” making for an amazing (and amazingly expensive) light show.
Does Extraterrestrial Life Exist? NASA’s Starshade May Give Us The Answer NASA is developing a huge flower-shaped starshade in order to take a closer look at distant planets.
NASA planning ‘suspended animation’ cryosleep chamber that lets astronauts hibernate whilst travelling to distant worlds – Mirror Online Space scientists want to put humans to sleep for up to two weeks at a time as they journey through the solar system
WATCH: Here are the limits of humanity’s space exploration – ScienceAlert Unobtainable goals.
Kepler Findings: NASA Announces Discovery of More Than 1,200 New Alien Planets NASA just made a new announcement regarding the findings made by the Kepler Space Telescope.
NASA just released 56 patented space and rocket technologies to the public – ScienceAlert Time to let that inner aeronautical engineer out.
Perlan 2 takes to the skies! The Perlan 2 glider hopes to create aviation history by soaring to 90,000 feet – 17 miles up – higher than any plane has gone before. Yesterday the plane took to the sky from Nevada.
Astronomers have discovered the first ever comet without a tail – ScienceAlert And that’s not even the weirdest thing about it.
NASA just unveiled the James Webb Space Telescope’s huge golden mirror – ScienceAlert Space bling.
Watch SpaceX land a rocket in this awesome 360 video | TechCrunch Have you ever wished you could stand on deck as a 160-foot rocket lands an arm’s length away from you, after a short trip into space? Yeah, me too, but..
How the Next Wonders of the World Will Be Built in Space
SpaceX Racing NASA to Mars, Plans to Land on the Red Planet by 2018 SpaceX plans to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018, the company announced today – marking a major first step toward CEO Elon Musk’s goal of sending humans to the Red Planet. The company will reveal the full plan this September.
NASA invests $67 million into solar electric propulsion for deep space exploration | TechCrunch NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne for a $67 million contract to develop an advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system for future deep-space missions…
LIFE IN SPACE: Scientists develop embryo among stars in planet colonisation breakthrough | Science | News | Daily Express SCIENTISTS have achieved a major breakthrough in humanity’s mission to colonise other planets after they sent an embryo into space that “develop completely”.
A New Theory Regarding EmDrive: The Fuel-Free Method of Space Travel There’s a new idea regarding how EmDrive, the engine that operates without fuel, actually works. But don’t plan on heading to the stars just yet.
You Can Send This Tiny Satellite Into Space For Just $1000 Personal space exploration just got affordable.
DARPA is moving ahead with plans to build its XS-1 spaceplane | ExtremeTech Reusable rockets are cool and all, but DARPA wants a reusable spaceplane for reaching low-Earth orbit. …
NIAC 2016 Phase I Selections | NASA NASA just gave 13 high-impact research projects $100K each
Researchers Discover “Bizarre” Black Holes That Are All Aligned Researchers in South Africa have discovered a region of the distant universe where supermassive black holes are all spinning out radio jets in the same direction, which could allow us to better understand the birth, and future of, our universe.
This Awesome New 3D Printer Can Print Freely In Space It utilizes soft, threadlike materials that are covered with a special type of resin. The current version can print filaments at a rate of 10 millimeters per second.
Two aerospace companies just teamed up to put an inflatable space hotel in orbit by 2020 – ScienceAlert I want to go to there.
Stephen Hawking Teams With Billionaire to Build An Interstellar Spaceship Today, famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced their collaborative venture “Breakthrough Starshot”—an attempt to make an interstellar starship.
Starchip enterprise | The Economist Flying to the stars means thinking both very big and very small
SpaceX just landed a rocket on a drone ship for the first time | TechCrunch At 4:43 pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched their next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to a seamless launch, SpaceX..
SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat | TechCrunch On its next trip to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX will be carrying an inflatable space habitat built by Bigelow Aerospace. The Bigelow..
3ders.org – Ahead of 2016 launch, Rocket Lab qualifies its 3D printed Rutherford engine for flight | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News Qualification testing has just been completed for Rocket Lab’s Rutherford rocket engine, for which all primary components of the combustor and propellant supply system have been 3D printed.
Go Big or Don’t Launch: SpaceX Targets One Rocket Launch A Week SpaceX targets to launch 18 rockets before the end of the year, gradually increasing it to 24 by 2017, until it reaches its goal of one rocket a week by 2020.
Scientists Find Mysterious, Repeating Radio Bursts Emanating From Space This find debunks existing theories that fast radio bursts are caused by cosmic cataclysmic events, and points towards (possibly) something intentional.
China Is Planning A Space Telescope That Will Outperform Hubble China is drawing up plans to build its own competing space telescope and will take pictures over an area covering 40% of space.
Archinaut, a 3D Printing Robot to Make Big Structures in Space – Singularity HUB
SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship | TechCrunch Today at 6:35pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 communications satellite into Geostationary orbit (GEO). Launching the SES-9 payload was the..
Why Prospecting Asteroids for Precious Resources Is Now Possible [Video] – Singularity HUB
An Antimatter Drive In Less Than a Decade? It’s Not as Far-Fetched as You Might Think This physicist thinks he can build an antimatter drive capable of taking us to the stars in less than a decade; all that’s needed is a *little* ready cash.
This Satellite Will Soon be “The Brightest Star in the Night Sky” “We are sending a spacecraft into orbit that will be the brightest star in the sky, visible from any point on our planet.”
Our Future in Space: Will Humanity Ever Get to Another World? New Horizons gave us our first real look at Pluto. Will the advances of the next century let us see it with their own eyes? 
Why You Should Be Excited About the James Webb Space Telescope The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Hubble’s successor, will be more sensitive by a factor of about 100 than all the telescopes that came before it.
Space and Technology: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life – Singularity HUB
Space and Technology Review: Asteroid Detection and Mining – Singularity HUB
New Satellite from Japan Has X-Ray Vision to Probe the Mysteries of the Cosmos : Space : Science World Report A new satellite has been equipped with superior X-ray vision.
The Futuristic Space Tourism Projects That Are Actually Underway Today Meet four space tourism programs and see the crafts (and the tech) that can take you beyond Earth
Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them – The New Yorker Nicola Twilley reports on the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time that may change our understanding of the universe.
NASA Releases 360-Degree Video Of Martian Surface | TechCrunch Today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a new 360-degree video, giving you a virtual tour of the Martian surface. The video was created by..
SETI Scientist Explains Why We Haven’t Found Aliens Yet | TechCrunch The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a field of science that’s been around for over 60 years. While SETI tools and strategies have..
Airbus glider Perlan II set to fly to the edge of space to test hypersonic planes | Daily Mail Online Aviation specialists have built a glider capable of reaching altitudes of 90,000ft (27,430 metres) using nothing but wind – and are set to attempt to become the highest plane in history in June.
China Just Released True Color HD Photos Of The Moon | TechCrunch This month, the China National Space Administration released all of the images from their recent moon landing to the public. There are now hundreds and..
Elon Musk Says SpaceX Will Send People to Mars by 2025 – NBC News Elon Musk wants to go to space within the next five years and thinks human beings can reach Mars by 2025.
Where space exploration is taking us in 2016 This year is shaping up as a bumper year in space with new missions ready to launch, deep space missions wrapping up, and commercial space going heavy. Here’s a looks at where space exploration is taking us in 2016.
The World Is Racing to Build a Moon Base — Here’s What It Could Look Like – Mic It’s a global space race to live on the moon.
 U.S. demonstrates production of fuel for missions to the solar system and beyond
SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off and returns to safe landing The launch and successful return of the rocket’s first stage marked the first SpaceX flight since a June accident.
New US space mining law to spark interplanetary gold rush Flashing some interplanetary gold bling and sipping “space water” might sound far-fetched, but both could soon be reality, thanks to a new US law that legalizes cosmic mining.” name=”Description
Russia Moon Base: Permanent Manned Mission To Commence By 2030? : News : Headlines & Global News Russia is planning to build a fully manned moon base on the lunar surface by 2030.
The Astounding Truth About the Hubble Space Telescope’s Most Famous Image | RealClearScience The Hubble Space Telescope is humanity’s portal to the universe. For more than twenty-five years its gaze has darted across the sky, returning images beyond our wildest dreams, sights of unimaginable…
NASA Teams Up With Universities to Prep Robots for Space Exploration – NBC News Two university groups have been selected to upgrade NASA robots that could one day help humans explore deep space and perhaps even Mars.
The Dawn of the Space Mining Age – Guest Blog – Scientific American Blog Network New legislation and interest from a number of private ventures could lead to extraction of valuable minerals from asteroids—and sooner than you might think
Glenn Reynolds: Amidst turmoil, a victory for the future Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket launch and landing signals far more than a step forward for private spaceflight, reusable rockets.
Nuclear Power – Powering the Deep Space Exploration | ANS Nuclear Cafe
‘Microsatellites’ loom large in next-gen space exploration The spaceship named LunaH-Map will have everything it needs to study the moon: solar panels, a steering system, the latest in scientific sensors. And the whole thing could fit in your carry-on bag.
Oxygen found on comet in Rosetta mission: ‘Most surprising discovery … so far’ – LA Times <p>Scientists from the Rosetta mission have found oxygen in the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a discovery that could change our understanding of&nbsp;how the solar system formed.&nbsp;</p> <p>The molecular oxygen (O2) was detected by the ROSINA mass spectrometer, one of a suite of instruments aboard…</p>
 Astronomers peer inside stars, finding giant magnets
China enters the search for alien life with the construction of the world’s biggest radio telescope | Science | News | The Independent Chinese scientists are constructing the world’s biggest radio telescope, which will be more effective than any other at picking up weak messages from outer space that could be linked to intelligent life. Assembly of the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, began in July and is expected to be completed in 2016.
Blue skies on Pluto: NASA New Horizons probe spots ‘gorgeous’ vistas on icy dwarf planet – Mirror Online Scientists shocked after discovering distant Pluto has skies and icecaps resembling our own
NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars | TechCrunch The prospect of conquering the dark and vast expanse of space has fascinated the human mind for a good part of the last century. Perhaps that is why ‘The..
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What NASA’s discovery of liquid water on Mars really means—in the words of NASA scientists – Quartz This week’s announcement by NASA might make it seem like there is liquid water flowing on the surface of Mars right now. But when the agency’s scientists answered questions from the public via Reddit, they revealed a more nuanced picture. Quartz has edited and condensed a selection of their comments for clarity. Do we really have flowing water on Mars? What…
Apple’s Spaceship HQ firm reveals NASA-backed 3D printed Mars habitat | Daily Mail Online Foster + Partners New York’s design for a modular habitat on Mars will be built by three different kinds of robots parachuted to the surface.
The Ten Coolest Car Technologies From Space Exploration The aerospace and aeronautic fields use some of the most insanely futuristic technologies known to man. Thankfully, some of those technologies go perfectly hand in hand with car tech. These are the ten coolest space tech that have trickled down into the world of cars.
NASA’s mini satellites set to transform space exploration | Zee News Move over large satellites. NASA is working on miniaturised satellites, known as nanosatellites or CubeSats, that can fit in the palm of your hand and are providing new opportunities for space science.
NASA Created A Material That Can Heal Itself In Less Than A Second From Hurtling Space Debris | TechCrunch Scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Center are studying new materials that can self-heal in seconds under extreme temperatures and from flying space junk…
Celeste: A new model for cataloging the universe: Statistical analysis to revolutionize sky surveys — ScienceDaily Astrophysicists, statisticians and computer scientists have developed Celeste, a new statistical analysis model designed to enhance one of modern astronomy’s most time-tested tools: sky surveys.” id=”metasummary
China wants to land spaceship on the dark side of the moon | Irish Examiner Headline China wants to land spaceship on the dark side of the moon
Space Station Crosses Sun’s Face in Spectacular New Photo An amazing new photo shows the International Space Station crossing the sun’s face.
 Peering back in time to just after the Big Bang: Farthest galaxy ever detected
‘Hedgehog’ robots hop, tumble in microgravity — ScienceDaily Hopping, tumbling and flipping over are not typical maneuvers you would expect from a spacecraft exploring other worlds.
Russia announces Luna 25 mission to the moon – Tech Insider Its lunar base sounds pretty badass.
One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins – Yahoo News From Yahoo News: Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.
Butterflies in space? Hubble beams back specular image of iridescent ‘wings’ – CSMonitor.com Two stars, dust, and luck creates the phenomenon, according to NASA, but how exactly that occurs is ‘one of the great classic problems of modern astrophysics.’
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking – Science – News – The Independent Humans could escape from black holes, rather than getting stuck in them, according to a new theory proposed by Stephen Hawking.
Origin of Saturn’s F ring and its shepherd satellites revealed — ScienceDaily
Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists – Telegraph Astronauts would ascend 12 miles into the stratosphere before taking off under new plans to build a space lift
NASA astronauts set to feast on space-grown vegetables for the first time ever – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent Astronauts on the International Space Station will sit down to a very special meal tomorrow as they become the first people to ever eat vegetables grown on the station itself.
NASA tests the ‘Ferrari of rocket engines’ for mission to Mars – CNET The RS-25 engine for NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket makes current jet engines look like “a wind-up toy.”
Amazing picture of Earth beamed back from new weather satellite – Telegraph The new satellite will send back images of the Earth&rsquo;s surface and atmosphere in 12 different wavelengths once every 15 minutes when operational.
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Secrets of stars unlocked through aluminium
NASA Got Up Close And Personal With Pluto, The Data Blows Their Minds | TechCrunch It might not be a planet anymore, but Pluto is fascinating. NASA is just scratching the surface after its Pluto “fly-by” on July 14th. It says that it’s..
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Comets: Soft shell, hard core?
British spaceship engine like ‘Star Trek impulse drive’ – could get people to the Moon in FOUR hours – Mirror Online The EM Drive, which has been compared to technology featured on the Starship Enterprise was developed almost 15 years by British boffin Roger Shawyer
Science Daily Exponential Technologies NASA satellite camera provides ‘EPIC’ view of Earth
New Horizons: Can one amazing robotic spacecraft redeem humanity? | ZDNet It’s an amazing technical feat: a robotic spacecraft that has successfully traveled more than three billion miles and phoned home.
Scientists believe there’s other life in the universe. Why haven’t we found it yet? – The Washington Post That’s the question as Stephen Hawking’s &u0024;100 million search for extraterrestrial life gets underway.
Science Daily Exponential Technologies Despite new information, Pluto will remain a dwarf planet, cosmologist says
Why is the Scale of the Universe so Freakishly Large? “Space is big,” said Douglas Adams. “You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is.” But why must this be so? And why does our Universe exhibit such tremendous scale, from the very tiny to the extremely large? Here are some possible answers.

 

 

Science Daily Exponential Technologies From mountains to moons: Multiple discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons Pluto mission

 

REVEALED: Nasa plan to send robots to Moon to build colony humans may one day live in | Nature | News | Daily Express OUR moon has huge cavernous craters which open onto the surface, but sunlight never reaches the bottom, making them very dark and extremely cold.

 

Science Daily Exponential Technologies Astronomers see black hole come to life

 

Science Daily Exponential Technologies Eyeing up Earth-like planets

 

Universe’s hidden supermassive black holes revealed — ScienceDaily Astronomers have found evidence for a large population of hidden supermassive black holes in the Universe.” id=”metasummary

 

Small cosmic ‘fish’ points to big haul for SKA Pathfinder — ScienceDaily A wisp of cosmic radio waves, emitted before our solar system was born, shows that a new radio telescope will be able to detect galaxies other telescopes can’t.” id=”metasummary

 

How Synthetic Bacteria Could Take Us to Mars Even if we can fly to Mars, we’ll have to breathe on it too.

 

SpaceX’s CRS-7 Mission Ends In Catastrophic Failure, Loss Of Vehicle | TechCrunch LATEST: Watch the NASA press conference above, which should begin no earlier than 12:30 PM ET, to learn more about what happened during today’s failed CRS-7..

 

Science Daily Exponential Technologies Working out in artificial gravity
A combination of exercise and artificial gravity may lessen negative effects of weightlessness in space
OneWeb satellite operator eyes huge rocket campaign – BBC News The OneWeb company, which aims to take affordable internet connectivity to every part of the globe, says it will need the biggest commercial rocket campaign in history to get all of its satellites in orbit.

 

Internet-from-orbit company raises $500m, aims to bridge the world’s broadband divide | ZDNet OneWeb has raised funds from Airbus, Qualcomm, and Coca-Cola for its ambitious satellite broadband plan.

 

Airbus to build giant satellite network – BBC News European aerospace giant, Airbus, is going to build the world’s largest satellite constellation for the OneWeb project to broaden global internet access.

 

Science Daily Exponential TechnologiesNeutron star’s echoes give astronomers a new measuring stick — ScienceDaily

 

Science Daily Exponential TechnologiesMysterious ‘lakes’ on Saturn’s moon Titan — ScienceDaily

 

NASA Issues Request for Proposals for New Class of Launch Services — WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — WASHINGTON, June 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA Issues Request for Proposals for New Class of Launch Services.

 

 Saturn’s moon Titan’s atmosphere even more Earth-like than previously thought

 

Crew returns to Earth after 199-days mission in Space –

 

 Scientists find methane in Mars meteorites

 

 Black holes are not ruthless killers, but instead benign hologram generators

 

Astronomer Royal: If we find aliens, they will be machines – Telegraph Prof Lord Rees told the Cheltenham Science Festival the first contact with aliens will be through robots

 

 ‘Bashful’ black hole revealed in neighboring galaxy

 

 

 

Liberty Science Center’s new exhibit “Beyond Planet Earth” looks at future space exploration – Family – NorthJersey.com A great exhibit for the space fanatic, “Beyond Planet Earth” has recreations of spacecraft, video and a few interactive elements.

 

Private spacecraft that’s testing sunlight propulsion conks out – StarTribune.com Since it launched last month, LightSail, a little, privately financed spacecraft meant to demonstrate the potentially revolutionary technology of using sunlight for propulsion, has been alive, dead and revived.

 

 

 

SpaceX founder files with government to provide Internet service from space – The Washington Post Elon Musk’s idea is to use small, cheap satellites, solving the problem of costs that predecessors faced.

 

 

For the second time, supersonic parachute fails on NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ – LA Times Cheers turned to groans in a NASA control room as a massive parachute designed to slow the descent of a &ldquo;flying saucer&rdquo; vehicle failed to unfurl properly for the second year in a row.

 

 

NASA postpones flying saucer parachute test – Yahoo Finance From Yahoo Finance: High waves forced NASA to postpone until Thursday the first test of the largest parachute ever deployed, during a flying saucer launch that will try out new technologies for landing on Mars…

3-D printers could lead to Mars colonization

 

Why Has Mankind Never Returned To The Moon? We have all heard about the conspiracy theories that suggest man never went to the moon. Even though there are some people who believe that, other …
NASA orders first commercial crew mission from Boeing | News – Home NASA has placed an order for the first mission that will launch astronauts from the Space Coast to the International Space Station in a privately designed and operated spacecraft, possibly in 2017.” name=”description

 

 

New budget proposal calls for missions to Europa, Enceladus and Titan – National Space Exploration | Examiner.com The exploration of the outer Solar System has revealed a plethora of amazing worlds, the likes of which were little known or even unheard of just a decade ago.

 

 

 How comets were assembled

 

 

Here Are the Science Instruments NASA Will Use to Explore Europa | The Planetary Society NASA just announced the science instruments that will be used to understand the enigmatic ocean moon of Europa. The mission is planned to launch sometime in the early 2020s.

 

 

 Curiosity rover adjusts route up Martian mountain
 Mars rover’s laser-zapping instrument gets sharper vision

 

NASA Flies Material Sciences Test Aboard X-37B at Parabolic Arc Space Tourism … and Much More

 

Air Force Mystery Shuttle A Space Spy/Fighter Plane? X-37B Launch Explodes NASA Conspiracy Theories Regardless, that won’t stop the conspiracy theories about the Air Force mystery shuttle. Part of the reason that it’s so mysterious is because we honestly don’t

 

Spacecraft sailing on sunbeams begins test flight | Science | The Guardian Craft financed by crowd-funding piggy-backs on the launch of an Atlas 5 rocket

 

 

How astronauts 3D printed a wrench they needed in space | Computerworld NASA and partner Made In Space are working to build a more sophisticated 3D printing center on the International Space Station that will allow astronauts to create tools and experimental equipment as they’re needed.

 

U.S. Military Space Plane Begins a Fourth (Mostly) Secret Mission

LightSail: Using sunlight to propel a spacecraft. Update, May 20, 2015 at 15:15 UTC: The Atlas V rocket launch went well, taking to the skies just after 15:00 UTC.  N.B. Scroll to the bottom for launch info. On Wednesday, if all goes well, the Planetary Society will test a new technology that could open up a new…

 

NASA’s $2.25M Challenge: 3D-Print a Space Base | Space | TechNewsWorld NASA and America Makes have challenged innovators in the additive construction market to design a habitat for deep space exploration for the first stage of the competition and to fabricate such facilities in the second phase. The organizations will award a $50,000 prize and a pair of $1.1 million purses for the winners of the multistage challenge. Registration opened for phase one on Saturday.

 

NASA’s Centennial Challenges | NASA NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America’s space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

 

 

BBC – Future – Should we give up on the dream of space elevators? Elevators whisking people and cargo from Earth’s surface into space could end the era of rockets. But making them reality is challenging. Nic Fleming reports.

 

 

Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship Takes Flight – Forbes Blue Origin, the spaceship company founded by Jeff Bezos, had its first successful test flight yesterday.

 

Revelations from Outer Space by Priyamvada Natarajan | The New York Review of Books