Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars

Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The falling cost of space exploration and grand visions are pushing organisations to take the next giant leap – to make us an interplanetary species.   Last week, perhaps in response to the growing interest in Mars from companies such as Boeing, and SpaceX, as well...

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Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service

Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As agencies around the world race to begin establishing bases and villages on the Moon we’re going to need a company that can help transport all the equipment and supplies.   The cost of going into space has plummeted over the past few years, in...

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NASA unveils plans to restore Mars’ atmosphere within three years

NASA unveils plans to restore Mars’ atmosphere within three years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If Mars is ever going to become humanity’s second home it’s going to have to be terraformed, the first step in achieving that is giving it an atmosphere   Mars might be better as the Red planet today but there’s plenty of evidence to suggest...

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Researchers have created a Dark Matter map of the universe

Researchers have created a Dark Matter map of the universe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dark matter makes up over eighty percent of the universe and holds our galaxies together so being able to map it could help us understand how galaxies and the universe formed.   For the first time ever scientists at Yale University have figured out a...

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Elon Musk announced SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the Moon

Elon Musk announced SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Man hasn’t returned to the Moon since first landing on it 45 years ago, and this will be the first time we go back   Yesterday afternoon at 4PM EST SpaceX CEO and polymath Elon Musk, who was recently in Dubai selling 200 self-driving Teslas, announced...

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NASA’s possible-impossible plasma engine roars into life

NASA’s possible-impossible plasma engine roars into life

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will one day become an interstellar species and engines like these might be the ones to get us there, wherever “there” is.   Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and looks through a porthole cut into the side of...

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NASA just discovered seven Earth like planets

NASA just discovered seven Earth like planets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Earth like planets we discover the more new homes we find for humanity when we finally become an interstellar species   Not just one, but seven Earth sized planets that could potentially harbour life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too far...

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Massive new satellite network can watch everyone on Earth

Massive new satellite network can watch everyone on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new, bolstered, space satellite system to keep watch over the world, it’s the equivalent of Tivo for Google Earth.   Planet, a global satellite company, who recently bought mini-sat company Terra Bella from Google, is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded...

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Scientists get ready to take the world’s first photo of a Black Hole

Scientists get ready to take the world’s first photo of a Black Hole

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Taking a photo of a Black Hole was always thought to be impossible, until now and it’s going to be awesome.   Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole, and in order to accomplish the...

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Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans

Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai and the UAE aren’t just shining a light on the future, they’re building it, and now their latest ambition is to colonise Mars   Earlier this week Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined Elon Musk,...

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NASA wants to turn asteroids into spacecraft

NASA wants to turn asteroids into spacecraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Turning an asteroid into a spacecraft sounds easy, but it isn’t, however, thanks to 3D printing and some brainy experts we could see the first asteroid spacecraft appear in the 2030’s   The concept of mining things in space, whether it’s mining the Moon for...

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The Moon beckons as five Lunar XPRIZE teams make it to the final round

The Moon beckons as five Lunar XPRIZE teams make it to the final round

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to be the first private company to land on the Moon is on, and now just five teams are left in the running.   Google’s Lunar XPRIZE team have announced that five of the original sixteen private space companies have managed to book...

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NASA unveils its new Mars habitat concept

NASA unveils its new Mars habitat concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When the first astronauts arrive on Mars they’re going to need somewhere to eat, live and sleep, and NASA’s new icy concept could be just the home away from home they always wanted   There are a lot of hoops to jump through before anyone...

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Two Google XPRIZE teams join forces to land on the Moon

Two Google XPRIZE teams join forces to land on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the sixteen private teams racing to land a lunar rover on the moon in 2017 achieving the goal is more important than the politics.   Two teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE have decided to join forces and have signed a ride share...

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SpaceX teases a photo of the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket

SpaceX teases a photo of the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to build a colony on Mars you need a big rocket to move a lot of stuff – it’s as simple as that   SpaceX’s massive new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, hasn’t taken flight yet, but when it does, it will be the...

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Japan joins the race to mine the Moon

Japan joins the race to mine the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Outer space contains an unlimited amount of resources, from Platinum and ice to Helium-3, now, as we become a space faring species our future space exploration, outposts and transportation will rely on companies who can mine and process it.   The Japanese Space Exploration Agency...

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Japan gets ready to test its space junk grabbing space whip

Japan gets ready to test its space junk grabbing space whip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space debris is an increasingly serious problem for space agencies who are loosing more space assets because of it than ever before, Japans system, while still as yet unproven might prove to be a credible solution   The Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) will soon...

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Scientists discovered a planet ravaged by storms of rubies and sapphires

Scientists discovered a planet ravaged by storms of rubies and sapphires

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first time that we have observed weather on another planet, the fact that the clouds are made from rubies and sapphires just makes it alot cooler   Elon Musk wants to travel to Mars, but I think he should seriously reconsider after...

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Self healing nano spaceships travelling at a fifth the speed of light help NASA explore the heavens

Self healing nano spaceships travelling at a fifth the speed of light help NASA explore the heavens

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many regions of space are still off limits to us because of the extreme distances involved but new self-healing, nano sized spacecraft that can travel at a fifth of the speed of light will help us unlock more mysteries of the universe.   Working with...

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Audi puts its new Quattro Lunar Rover through its paces

Audi puts its new Quattro Lunar Rover through its paces

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of space travel has fallen dramatically over the past decade and now Google wants to encourage private organisations and entrepreneurs to take the next bold step in humanity’s story.   In 2015 Audi, the luxury car brand, announced it would be “taking off...

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