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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Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Los Angeles has a traffic problem, Mars has a radiation problem… Elon Musk has a boring machine, but is it headed for LA or Mars, and is he throwing us a red herring…?   After Elon Musk launched his latest company, Neuralink, whose sole purpose...

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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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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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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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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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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 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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SpaceX will launch 4,425 satellites to bring superfast broadband to the entire world

SpaceX will launch 4,425 satellites to bring superfast broadband to the entire world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 65% of the Earths population still don’t have internet, Musks ambitious project will bring them the same internet benefits that the rest of the world have… and fund his city on Mars.   SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, is planning to put more than 4,000...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Elon Musk wants his space internet venture to fund a city on Mars

Elon Musk wants his space internet venture to fund a city on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Musk needs to raise $10 Billion to fund his ambitious 2026 Mars flights as well as a Martian City, the profits from this project will help fund his Mars project.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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