Mars One announced today that it has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) to develop mission concept studies for its first (albeit unmanned) mission to Mars. It also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $400,000 to finance the studies.
China is set to become the third Earth nation to successfully land an object on the surface of the Moon later this weekend.
Update: Launch was aborted 48 seconds before ignition.
Did you think the Bitcoin story couldn’t get any crazier? Well now the digital currency can get you to space.
Guest Post Today marks the 15th anniversary of the first component of the International Space Station being sent into orbit — the beginning of one of the most complex and ambitious engineering projects ever attempted.
NASA has embarked on its next mission to the red planet today with the launch of its MAVEN Mars orbiter.
In our fiction about the future, sending messages through vast distances of space is a huge theme. But at some point, we need to bring our reality up to speed, too.
Asteroids — or as they’re known in the scientific community, “flying death rocks” — can be thrown off-course by a single hit from a spacecraft if the projectile is launched five to 10 years in advance.
The folks at NASA’s Southwest Research Institute are undoubtedly breathing heavy sighs of relief today after discovering that the space agency’s $1.1 billion Juno probe decided to turn back on after unexpectedly “falling asleep.”
Satellite service startup Dauria Aerospace closed a new $20 million round of funding, the company announced yesterday.
SpaceX successfully launched a new, upgraded Falcon 9 rocket with 60 percent more powerful engines yesterday. The demonstration flight appeared to go off without a hitch, as the rocket reached a speed of 5 kilometers/second and an altitude of 310 kilometers within five minutes of launch.
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency this Sunday. Canada is launching Cassiope in an effort to unravel “the mysteries of space weather.”
“Sometimes you need radical leaps, not just little by little. … Humans need an adrenaline rushes,” said Explorer astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison.
The illustrious serial entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX released a video of himself designing rocket parts with hand gestures, using holograms, virtual reality tech, Leap Motion, and a 3D printer.
We’ve long been a fan of tweeted pics from space, courtesy of astronauts and the Curiosity rover. And starting today, we’ll have even more cool space images via NASA’s brand new Instagram account.
Ford will partner with a Russian university to study the communications models of robots in space. The goal is to provide the next generation of drivers with insights about how to avoid traffic accidents.
Editor’s Pick After years of government denials and conspiracy theories, the CIA has officially acknowledged Area 51 exists. Unfortunately for those of us who believe in aliens, the documents say nothing about aliens.
Following on the heels of its success with the Mars Curiosity rover, NASA could next send a lander to Jupiter’s ice-filled moon Europa to determine whether it is habitable.
On August 5, 2012, we watched the lil’ guy make its way to the surface of the red planet. Since then, Curiosity has drilled into Martian rock with lasers, scooped up soil samples, found evidence of water, and set up an adorable Twitter account.
Where government-funded agencies see roadblocks, entrepreneurs see opportunity. But is a one-way mission to Mars a good business bet? Mars One is going all in, NASA be damned.
Two sisters, 11 and 13, have built a Mars rover in a workshop in their family’s garage. The girls also worked with their dad to build software to control the rover.
About a year ago, NASA’s Curiosity Rover touched down successfully on Mars. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, here’s a two-minute video of the rover exploring Mars.
If you haven’t already heard, superstar astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is starring in a re-imagined version of Carl Sagan’s classic Cosmos series for Fox. And while the first episode isn’t due out until next year, the production team did release a trailer yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con.
3D printing is still shaping up to be one the best things that’s ever happened to NASA.
The basics of living — eating, washing, sleeping, etc. — can be rather dull at times. But when you’re doing the task in space, it’s a completely different story.
NASA astronauts are current outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk, and NASA is streaming the action live.
There’s something eerily mysterious about a rocket that lands itself just the same way it takes off.
NASA scientists released footage of comet ISON speeding towards the sun at 48,000 miles per hour, just in time for the fourth of July.
“We’ve become used to having imagery of the entire Earth. What we haven’t yet understood is how transformative it will be when that imagery is regularly and frequently updated.”
SpaceX was awarded a contract with Thales Alenia Space to launch the country’s first satellite into orbit. This satellite will enable Turkemenistan to operate a National System of Satellite Communications.
This submersible is barely the size of two soda cans, yet scientists think it might be useful for finding life on and around other planets, including Jupiter’s Europa, an ice-covered moon.
The agency believes the transformative technology could be “key” for astronauts venturing to Mars.
On top of the first successful SpaceX Dragon launch, here are other awesome developments we’ve seen in the past year concerning efforts to explore space.
Peter Thiel’s late-stage venture firm Mithril Capital Management has just hired two space industry experts to evaluate opportunities.
Science has come a long, long way in the past 100 years. So why can’t tell which way the wind is going to blow in an hour?
He developed some of the coolest aerospace tech around. One of his experiments is on the International Space Station. He’s a Cornell prof. And now, he’s taking your questions on Reddit. We love the Internet.
To make it worth the substantial cost of shipping greenhouses, lighting, and other necessary equipment to the red planet, the missions need to be very long in duration — as long as 15 or even 20 years.
“This is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” said Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp. “Mars One is a mission representing all humanity will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.”
The storm is the size of two Earths. Its eye alone is a massive 1,250 miles wide. Strangely, the storm has gravitated toward the planet’s north pole and exists without oceans and with very little water vapor.
I’m still pretty amazed that, as I go about my mundane daily routine, there will be two men performing a spacewalk from a football field-sized space station, which is getting livestreamed via Ustream today.