Google’s Lunar XPrize will continue, without Google

Google’s Lunar XPrize will continue, without Google

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes the prize isn’t the prize, it’s just a bonus, and in this case most of the teams who were involved in the original Google Lunar XPrize still have their sights set on a Moon landing in 2019.   The Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30...

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Vodafone and Nokia partner to create a 4G network on the Moon

Vodafone and Nokia partner to create a 4G network on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As different organisations around the globe look to start building the first human outposts on the Moon they’ll need high quality networks to transmit data and communicate with Earth.   Mobile phone coverage on Earth may not be as comprehensive as it could be, and...

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SpaceX launches the world’s most powerful rocket into space

SpaceX launches the world’s most powerful rocket into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not only is the SpaceX Falcon Heavy the world’s most powerful rocket, but it’s also destined to be the one that takes colonists to Mars and help Musk realise his ambitions to ferry people around the world in under thirty minutes or less.   SpaceX’s...

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NASA’s tests its new interplanetary space internet system, sends a selfie to the ISS

NASA’s tests its new interplanetary space internet system, sends a selfie to the ISS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humanity reaches for the stars and pens its plans to become an interplanetary species today’s Earth bound internet system just won’t hack it, so an alternative  is needed.   As humanity reaches for the stars, and to colonise Mars from 2024, NASA used a...

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$30m Google Lunar XPrize moonshot competition ends without a winner

$30m Google Lunar XPrize moonshot competition ends without a winner

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Google Lunar XPrize was ambitious moonshot, but, like any competition time was against the teams from the start.   After 10 long years, the Google sponsored competition, the Google Lunar XPrize, which aimed to land a robot on the moon for millions of dollars of prize money...

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy assumes launch position ready for maiden flight

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy assumes launch position ready for maiden flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If humanity is to reach for the stars then space exploration needs to become easier and more affordable and this is a big step to achieving those goals.   Elon Musk this week announced that SpaceX is almost ready to launch its most daring rocket...

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Scientists have a plan to seed life throughout the universe

Scientists have a plan to seed life throughout the universe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we have the power to create new species of animals never previously thought possible and at some point it seems inevitable that humans will start seeding new life across the universe.   In the past six months’ scientists have created alien life forms unlike...

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Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike rocket preps for take off

Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike rocket preps for take off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are two stage rockets, ARCA’s new revolutionary single stage rocket will cut the cost of space launches by up to 80 percent increasing our access to space.   ARCA Space Corporation, who are funded by NASA, has announced that their revolutionary linear...

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Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for Mars is on and companies are now lining up to get astronauts into orbit, and onto, the red planet, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens   At the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, last week rocket companies,...

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Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will, at one point or another, become an interplanetary species, and Musk wants it to happen in the next decade.   It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to, on the one hand, get to Mars himself, famously saying back in 2015...

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Plasma jet engines get ready for real world trials

Plasma jet engines get ready for real world trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plasma engines are the stuff of science fiction, and now it looks like they’re ready to come out of the labs and push new limits.   Imagine a jet engine that could propel an aircraft faster than a traditional engine and take it all the...

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Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express

Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk wants you to live on Mars but today’s ticket price of $10 Billion is too high for most individuals so he has a plan to get it down to just $200,000   Last year Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, delivered...

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Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months

Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Falcon Heavy will be one of largest rockets ever built and one day it could be the spacecraft that makes Humanity an interplanetary species   Elon Musk has been tweeting again and this time he’s telling everyone that the highly anticipated Falcon Heavy launch,...

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NASA gets ready to trial SEXTANT, its galactic navigation technology

NASA gets ready to trial SEXTANT, its galactic navigation technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are no accurate maps of deep space but now NASA are creating their own deep space Galactic Positioning System (GPS) using pulsars as galactic beacons   If you want to travel in deep space, for example, aboard Stephen Hawking’s interstellar spaceship, which admittedly might...

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Watch: SpaceX sticks another great landing

Watch: SpaceX sticks another great landing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX’s re-useable rockets have helped revolutionise and lower the cost of space exploration, and the Falcon 9 just stuck another landing   SpaceX, whose larger reusable Falcon Heavy rockets will one day take colonists to Mars, successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket for the eleventh...

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Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’

Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is the harshest environment known to man and the idea of creating the world’s first genetically altered humans who can survive its extremes “naturally” without the need to take their artificial environments with them is gaining traction   At last year’s International Astronautical Congress in...

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Scientists think they’ve found evidence of a parallel universe

Scientists think they’ve found evidence of a parallel universe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Astrophysisists can’t explain a cold spot on at the edge of our universe using today’s standard models, and they think it could be evidence that a parallel universe is colliding with our own   Scientists are a funny bunch. Actually, I could just end this...

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The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The colossal distances involved in getting to Mars means that shipping equipment to Mars will be an expensive herculean effort so experts want everything to be made in situ   A new 3D printing technique could let the first humans on Mars print everything from...

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Researchers have captured the first images of a Dark Matter web

Researchers have captured the first images of a Dark Matter web

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dark matter makes up 25% of the known, and unknown, universe but very little is known about it, however bit by bit it’s giving up it’s mysteries   Researchers at the University of Waterloo have captured the first composite image of a dark matter “bridge”...

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A theoretical physicist just found a way for us to reach Light Speed

A theoretical physicist just found a way for us to reach Light Speed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Travelling at light speeds, or “Warp,” is standard fare for every sci-fi film, but now, even though there are significant technological barriers to overcome, it looks like we could achieve it…   The fun world of theoretical physics frees us all from the shackles of...

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