NASA MinION ushers in a new era of space healthcare

NASA MinION ushers in a new era of space healthcare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NASA successfully sequences DNA in space, ushering in better healthcare for astronauts and a new era in space biology.   For the first time ever, DNA was successfully sequenced in microgravity as part of the Biomolecule Sequencer experiment performed by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins this weekend...

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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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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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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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Self assembling space stations and the end of flat pack

Self assembling space stations and the end of flat pack

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 4D Printing could change how we construct buildings and maintain city infrastructure.   Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade – 4D printing. At the TED conference in Los Angeles,...

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