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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Space train concept can reach Mars in just 2 days

Space train concept can reach Mars in just 2 days

A new space train concept could cut travel time to Mars down to 2 days from 260 Charles Bombardier, a Montreal-based innovator, has unveiled a concept for a hypothetical space train called Solar Express that can shuttle passengers and payloads between planets faster than any existing systems. If ever a...

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The solar system just got its own internet

The solar system just got its own internet

The vastness of space means that traditional internet technologies are unreliable so This month, NASA took a major step toward creating a Solar System Internet by establishing the first operational Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the International Space Station (ISS). The new DTN service will help automate and improve the availability...

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SpaceX begins tests on the rocket that will take humans to Mars

SpaceX begins tests on the rocket that will take humans to Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX set to put their new Raptor engine through its paces and keeps an eye on landing a human on Mars in 2024.   SpaceX’s company president, Gwynne Shotwell has just announced that the company is inching closer to realising it’s CEO, Elon Musk’s ambitious plans to land...

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The first private moon landing gets the green light

The first private moon landing gets the green light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more private organisations are taking on the final frontier, now Moon Express have a license to land on the Moon.   Less than half a century after Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon the FAA has granted approval...

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ESA lays out plans to build a village on the Moon

ESA lays out plans to build a village on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF ESA have laid out their plans to colonise the Moon by 2030.   The European Space Agency (ESA) is pressing forward with its plans to set up a permanent human outpost on the moon. Dubbed the “Moon Village” the vision will be the product of international...

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JJ Abrams Moon Shot shorts show off the scientists behind Google’s Lunar XPRIZE

JJ Abrams Moon Shot shorts show off the scientists behind Google’s Lunar XPRIZE

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Access to space was once the preserve of rich government institutions but with costs falling the sky’s the limit as private entrepreneurs set their sights on landing on the Moon.   It can be easy to forget the human element behind robotic spaceflight. When we...

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Inside SpaceX’s mission to Mars

Inside SpaceX’s mission to Mars

This week Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX said it would put its Dragon spacecraft on the red planet “as soon as 2018″ making it the first private company to go interplanetary. While it’s easy to get impatient with crackpot plans to head for the red planet SpaceX is unique in...

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SpaceX announces 2018 mission to Mars

SpaceX announces 2018 mission to Mars

The first inter planetary private company, SpaceX and its outspoken founder Elon Musk have talked about going to Mars ever since the super powerful Falcon Heavy launch vehicle was unveiled a few years back. Now it’s more than just vague talk – SpaceX has announced plans to launch a Mars...

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