Posts tagged space exploration
#NRMPresents 'Pocket Spacecraft.' Send Your Own Spacecraft To The Moon

We've become closer to space than we could ever imagine recently.  Through the likes of SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, it's fair to say the idea of taking the kids on a holiday excursion to deep space is becoming less far-fetched as the years pass by.  However a recently launched Kickstarter, called Pocket Spacecraft, project doesn't hope to get you into "space tourism," rather give all backers their own "personalised spacecraft" to send into orbit.

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Global Mission To Destroy Space Debris Under Way. Nets, Harpoons And Lasers Could Be Used

With approximately 27,000 pieces of space debris orbiting the Earth, the European Space Agency has declared an urgency to take them out and protect our planet and crucial communications satellites.  How do they plan to do this?  Weapons of choice vary from nets and harpoons, to suicide robots.

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NASA Mars Rover Draws Giant Penis On The Surface Of Red Planet

Anybody who has kept up with the Curiosity Rover's antics on Twitter will know NASA has a cheeky sense of humour, but we never expected this.  Looks like an employee has used the Rover to draw a giant penis on the surface of Mars.  The photo in question shows one of Spirit’s or Opportunity’s tyre tracks leaving a very appendage-looking impression in the Martian dust.

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UK Scientists Will Launch A Smartphone Satellite Into Space

A team of scientists from the University of Surrey are preparing to send the world's first smartphone satellite into orbit.

Called STRaND-1 (the Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator), this 30cm CubeSat weighing 4.3kg is powered by the Google Nexus One smartphone, and will launch into a 785km sun-synchronous orbit.

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'ATHLETE.' NASA's Next Robot Walker To Build A Moon Base

In NASA’s continued ambition to further space exploration, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has designed the next rover to build and supply a future lunar base. The ATHLETE (All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer) is designed to tackle any terrain the moon could throw at it, while transporting tools, equipment and personnel in the process.

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SpaceX Founder Reveals Plans To Start A Colony On Mars

Fresh from becoming the first private US company to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, the billionaire founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, is now eyeing even further afield. According to Space.com, he's been speaking about his plans to start-up a colony (of around 80,000 people) on Mars in the not-too-distant future, with tickets to the planet likely to cost around half a million dollars each.

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UK To Invest £60m More In Space Program

 

Britain intends to spend an extra £60 million per year on space technology, by increasing it's investment into the European Space Agency (ESA).

The Chancellor George Osborne, in a speech to the Royal Society, announced that the UK is willing to commit an average of £240m a year, over the next five years to the ESA, increased from the usual investment of £170m.  This has been done in the hope of encouraging domestic job growth via attracting lucrative contracts.

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Red Bull Stratos: The Jump That Puts Us On The Path To Dreaming Again

"NASA, as best as I can judge, is a force of nature like none other." Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2010.

On November 20th 1998, the first components of the International Space Station were launched, beginning the mission that continues to this day.  This was the last time that many of us were excited about the exploration of frontiers beyond our grasp.  As Dr. Tyson so eloquently said: "We stopped dreaming." 

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Warp Drive Is More Feasible Than First Thought, According To NASA Scientists

‘Warp drive’ – a concept popularised in our favourite sci-fi shows such as Star Trek – is not as unrealistic as it was first believed, according to top scientists from NASA. They say there is a distinct “hope” that we can reach faster-than-light travel in years to come following ‘breakthroughs’ in warp drive theory.

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