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NASA gets $125 million to develop nuclear thermal propulsion

With additional congressional funding and industry support, nuclear thermal propulsion technology is making progress for potential use on future NASA deep space missions, although how it fits into the agency's exploration architectures remains uncertain.

Mock moon dust kills cells and alters DNA — What about real dust?

As NASA looks toward sending astronauts for extended stays on the moon, the health risks from breathing lunar dust become more significant. A new study, using simulated lunar dust found the dust is toxic to human lung and mouse brain cells.

New academic paper details Elon Musk's plans to colonize Mars

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk published an academic paper earlier this month outlining his vision for a future where the Red Planet is permanently inhabited.

Elon Musk: Falcon Heavy success means end of other heavy rockets

SpaceX plans to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket system on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET, though a lot could still change before then. If it's a success, Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful and cheapest way to launch heavy payloads into space.

Some pathogenic bacteria more resistant to antibiotics in space

To understand why some bacteria develop cell mutations, becoming more resistant to antibiotics in the microgravity environment of space, a study was conducted aboard the ISS to track the physical changes in E. coli after the addition of antibiotics.

DARPA says it's one step closer to its hypersonic space plane

The Pentagon's research and development shop is moving one step closer toward building a hypersonic space plane that could shuttle satellites or people into space in record time.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is making space travel cheaper

Blue Origin, a rocket company owned by Jeff Bezos — the founder and CEO of — has signed Eutelsat Communications SA as its first customer for satellite launch services, he said on Tuesday.

Spider's unique spinning technique inspires tougher materials

The special spinning technique used by a type of venomous spider is the basis for new scientific developments designed to improve materials needed for space travel, according to new research.

Ice homes designed for people to live in on Mars

The first humans to go to Mars may end up living in igloos or ice homes, built from the huge ice deposits found beneath the planet’s surface. The ice home would be a cost effective structure allowing space for four people to live and work in.

Essential Science: Why strong bones are needed for space travel

One limitation with a deep space mission, such as to Mars, is the effect of microgravity on astronauts. To find ways to build-up resilience and maintain bone strength, scientists have, surprisingly, been studying fish.

Another Earth is found — but will we ever be able to reach it?

NASA's announcement on Thursday of its discovery of a cousin planet to Earth was historic, breathtaking but are we destined to merely be admirers from afar, or will we ever be able to visit?

How thin skin presents space travel risk

Space travel is back in the news again, with talk of a mission to Mars and perhaps further within the galaxy. Yet many questions about human physiology and space travel remain unanswered. Here, scientists have stumbled on a new risk: thinning skin.

Sounding out Mars: NASA starts trials for next lander mission

Pasadena - Trials have now started on NASA’s next piece of Mars wizardry, a stationary lander scheduled to head off to the Red Planet, March 2016.

Can space tourism survive 2 explosions in one week?

The crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two left a pilot dead and another critically injured on October 31. The accident also created a long list of questions about the future of space tourism -- the main one being if it will even survive the fallout?

Hawking: 'I'm an atheist, science is more convincing than God'

The world's preeminent theoretical physicist has explicitly acknowledged for the first time that he is an atheist, explaining that "science offers a more convincing explanation" of the origins of the universe than 'God.'

NASA: 'impossible' engine could change space travel forever

Roger Shawyer may soon be getting a lot of attention. When he first built what is now called the EmDrive, no one took it seriously. That started to change in 2012 after a team of Chinese scientists built it themselves, and it worked.

Op-Ed: Mars One human colony 2023 — Not as half-baked as it might seem

Sydney - Mars One is the byproduct of decades of nothing being achieved in terms of real human progress in space. The idea is a one-way trip to live on Mars, and there are 8000 applicants ready to go in 2022.

Egyptian girl, Aisha Mustafa, invents new space propulsion system

Sohag - A physics student from Egypt's Sohag University, Aisha Mustafa, 19, has patented a new type of propulsion system based on quantum theory that she says could propel space probes and artificial satellites without using any fuel.

SpaceX CEO, founder wants to save humanity by colonizing Mars

San Diego - Elon Musk, CEO and Founder of Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX, wants astronauts to travel to Mars within the next 10 to 20 years and desires mankind to become a multi-planet species. Is this adventurism realistic?

Op-Ed: Antibodies in space — Problems may force change in space travel

New research is showing that new techniques for prolonged space flight are essential. Antibodies produced in space lack the quality of those produced on Earth's gravity and may expose space travellers to disease and other medical conditions.

Op-Ed: America quits race for space

It's official. America has left the space race. Once Endeavour is cleared for launch and its mission completed NASA's shuttle program will be over.

Op-Ed: The 'science' of impossibility — A disease at the soul of science

Science is getting as bad as Creationism in one way. It’s refusing to even consider its own principles. “Thou shalt have no other equation” could easily be applied to E=mc2, and whole new concepts are routinely relegated to heresy/science fiction.

Op-Ed: Japan volunteers to clean up space debris — with a net

Somebody, finally, has come up with an idea to get rid of the millions of live bullets orbiting Earth. The fact that this idea has come from the Japanese, who have contributed far less space garbage than Russia and the United States, says volumes.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Makes First Solo Flight

Mojave - Sir Richard Bransom, the founder of Virgin Group, says, ". . . the sky is no longer the limit . . ." as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo successfully completed three milestone tasks Monday.

Crew of simulated flight to Mars completed 100 days of isolation

Moscow - The international team of six volunteers completed on Friday the first 100 days of a simulated flight to Mars to test the psychological demands, compatibility and tolerance of crew members during an interplanetary flight.

Stephen Hawking: Mankind must leave Earth or face extinction

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is warning that if humans are unable to locate another suitable planet to inhabit, they will face extinction.

NASA wants a photo of your face to put on its two space missions

Cape Canaveral - Most people will never experience space travel but NASA is giving them the next best thing. The United States space agency has initiated a program called Space Face where it allows a photo of your face to be included on its two remaining space missions.

An Elevator to Space, a Reality

Arthur C. Clarke wrote about traveling into space on an elevator. The book was published nearly 30 years ago and was titled "2001." Now, the race is on to build the "fictional" creation.

Sir Richard Branson makes history offering space travel

Sir Richard Branson has made history again with his Virgin Galactic Company. Space tourism is here and making a new benchmark in space exploration and scientific discovery.

Is There a Secret Water Table Hidden on Mars?

Although satellite data clearly suggests otherwise, scientists have determined that it is possible that the “Red Planet” could have a hidden water table beneath its rocky crust. What does this mean for future research? Read on and explore.
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