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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Branson announces Virgin Galactic will send tourists into space in 2018

Branson announces Virgin Galactic will send tourists into space in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s been a long time coming but Richard Branson believes Virgin Galactic’s first space tourists will take off in 2018, opening the final frontier up to tourism for the first time.   Wannabe space tourism company Virgin Galactic hasn’t exactly had the easiest time of...

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Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch

Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are expensive, complex multi stage systems, but ARCA’s new Aerospike powered rocket will be the world’s first single stage rocket to travel from Earth to orbit.   Today, every rocket that’s launched into space is what is known in the industry...

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SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Re-using rockets, let alone the world’s largest, is fraught with technical challenges but Musk is confident he can overcome them and dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration   On Friday, after the successful re-use of its Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk surprised people by...

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SpaceX makes history launching its first recycled rocket

SpaceX makes history launching its first recycled rocket

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to re-use rockets cuts the cost of launches down by a hundred fold, paving the way for cheaper, more affordable space travel   Earlier today SpaceX successfully demonstrated their ability to re-use a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket – the same rocket that it...

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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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