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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Mining the Moon, Moon Express sets 2017 launch date

Mining the Moon, Moon Express sets 2017 launch date

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Moon contains trillions of dollars worth of minerals and rare earth metals but mining and transporting them has been technically and commercially challenging, but over the next few decades that could change.   Earlier this year Moon Express, a private venture, founded by billionaire...

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NASA is funding an artificial gravity program

NASA is funding an artificial gravity program

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Astronauts who are exposed to long periods of microgravity suffer health problems when they get back to Earth, an artificial gravity system would replicate the natural gravity of Earth and prevent the problems from occurring.   Microgravity is bad for the bones and muscles. Just...

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Leaked NASA documents show impossible EmDrive might work

Leaked NASA documents show impossible EmDrive might work

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have demonstrated that an impossible space drive that doesn’t need fuel and that defies physics might actually work, if true then it opens up new possibilities for space exploration.   An experimental propulsion system that seems to violate the laws of physics may actually...

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NASA’s new $8.7Bn space telescope can detect a bumble bee on the Moon

NASA’s new $8.7Bn space telescope can detect a bumble bee on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The James Webb’s impressive array of near field IR sensors and high grade optics will allow scientists to learn more about the formation of planets and galaxies as well discover more about the origin of life itself.   The Hubble Space Telescope has given humanity...

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Scientists may have identified the particles that make up Dark Matter

Scientists may have identified the particles that make up Dark Matter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If it were not for the gravity of dark matter galaxies wouldn’t be able to hold themselves together and planets and stars would fly into oblivion.   Understanding what Dark Matter is has proven to be amazingly difficult. Of course, one might expect this from a...

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Take a glorious Hi Def tour of the International Space Station

Take a glorious Hi Def tour of the International Space Station

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Have you ever wanted to float around the International Space Station? Now’s your chance.   Since its launch in 1998 only 225 people have ever set foot upon the International Space Station (ISS). So that leaves only seven and a half billion or so of...

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Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

As humanity nears its goals of becoming an interplanetary species it’s inevitable one day that a new nation will take form In the wake of multiple announcements from private and public bodies alike about colonising the Moon and Mars, beginning in 2017, a team of scientists and legal experts have...

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The race is on as Boeing vows to beat SpaceX to Mars

The race is on as Boeing vows to beat SpaceX to Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for Mars is hotting up as Boeing enters the race.   Less than a week after SpaceX founder Elon Musk detailed his vision to get people to Mars Boeings CEO has intimated that the company plans to beat Musk – and everyone else for that...

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NASA demos RASSOR their “Blue collar” robot that will mine Mars for rocket fuel

NASA demos RASSOR their “Blue collar” robot that will mine Mars for rocket fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NASA is prepping robots for Mars so humans can get on with the important stuff.   A NASA robot which is programmed to dig for water, oxygen and rocket fuel could be the first step in colonising Mars – whether that’s via a NASA mission,...

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The United Nations is going into space

The United Nations is going into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UN wants every country to be able to realise the benefits of space.   The United Nations (UN) has announced its first ever official space mission, with the aim of giving developing countries the opportunity to conduct research in a microgravity environment. The mission,...

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to get humans to Mars by 2022

SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to get humans to Mars by 2022

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making the leap to become an interplanetary species will happen but Musk wants it to happen by 2022.   Now we know how Elon Musk plans to get 1 million people to Mars and while many people still believe that this is the stuff of...

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China launches Tiangong-2 space lab into orbit

China launches Tiangong-2 space lab into orbit

China continues its conquest of space by launching a rival to the International Space Station China has launched its second ever space lab, a key part of the nation’s plan to have a permanently staffed space station up and running by the early 2020s. The uncrewed Tiangong-2 spacecraft lifted off...

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Hawking uses nano sized spacecraft to kick start interstellar travel

Hawking uses nano sized spacecraft to kick start interstellar travel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Accelerating interstellar nano spacecraft to 215 million km/h might sound fun but it’s just another day in the office for these guys   Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. The satellites would travel trillions of miles...

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