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May 23, 2016

U.S. lawmaker orders NASA to plan for trip to Alpha Centauri

Posted by in category: space travel

Representative John Culberson (R–TX) wants agency to envision a spacecraft that can travel at 10% light-speed.

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May 23, 2016

Lockheed Martin joins the space race to Mars

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This week, Lockheed Martin revealed its Mars Base Camp concept, a space station that will orbit the Red Planet and help astronauts prepare for landing.

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May 20, 2016

Queen announces moves to develop UK’s first commercial spaceport | Belfast Telegraph

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

spaceport

“Driverless cars, drones and a commercial spaceport all featured in the Queen’s Speech.”

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May 18, 2016

Space exploration will spur transhumanism and mitigate existential risk

Posted by in categories: alien life, cyborgs, existential risks, geopolitics, policy, robotics/AI, solar power, space travel, sustainability, transhumanism

Friends have been asking me to write something on space exploration and my campaign policy on it, so here it is just out on TechCrunch:


When people think about rocket ships and space exploration, they often imagine traveling across the Milky Way, landing on mysterious planets and even meeting alien life forms.

In reality, humans’ drive to get off Planet Earth has led to tremendous technological advances in our mundane daily lives — ones we use right here at home on terra firma.

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May 17, 2016

Why DARPA Is Pursuing the Reusable Military XS-1 Spaceplane

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, government, military, space travel

Coming clean on the story around the XS-1 Spaceplane. Hmmm; US Government coming clean; really?


ORLANDO, Fla. – Here’s a phrase that’s not repeated everyday in the space community:

“You’ve heard Elon’s comments … we want to go beyond that,” Brad Tousley, the head of the tactical technology office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said May 15.

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May 16, 2016

Coming soon: A “Made in India” space shuttle — By Madhura Karnik | Quartz

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

isro

“This month, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)—India’s equivalent of NASA—will begin the mission to launch its indigenous space shuttle, the Press Trust of India reported on May 15.”

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May 13, 2016

NASA Just Funded These 8 Bizarre Projects

Posted by in category: space travel

The agency just threw up to $4 million towards experimental space exploration technologies.

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May 12, 2016

DARPA News Update: To Build the First Space Shuttle Without A Pilot Known as the ‘Experimental Spaceplane’

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Getting ready to send the robots to Space on an AI Spaceship; perfect for that trip to Mars, Jupiter, etc.


DARPA will soon build and relase their first space shuttle without a pilot.

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May 11, 2016

Gorgeous Animation Shows a Spaceship Mysteriously Traveling to a Universe Beyond

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Absolutely beautiful animation.

Where do I sign up to be ON one of those?! wink


I want to know more about the world in this short animation Entropy, by Tim Cahn. I want to know why the spaceship is leaving Earth. I want to know what the space station is doing all the way out there. I want to know who’s there. I want to know where the ship is headed. I want to live in this world. But in the stillness of the short, we only get to see the beautiful imagery of a spaceship leaving Earth, so we have to fill in the blanks ourselves.

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May 11, 2016

Can plants grow on the moon? NASA plans test in 2015

Posted by in categories: biological, climatology, habitats, space travel

We knew this was going to happen. Just still neat to read about it.


(Phys.org) —NASA is planning to launch a milestone experiment involving growing plants on the moon. The target date is 2015, when the agency will deposit plants on the moon’s surface. The initiative is being driven by the Lunar Plant Growth Habitat team. They intend to use coffee-can sized containers designed to protect the plants against harsh elements of the climate, and will also provide cameras, sensors, and electronics in order to relay information about how the plants fare back to earth. NASA’s plan is “to develop a very simple sealed growth chamber that can support germination over a five to-ten day period in a spacecraft on the Moon.”

What will NASA try to grow? The containers will attempt to grow turnip, basil and Arabidopsis The latter is used often in plant research; Simon Gilroy, University of Wisconsin-Madison botany professor, has referred to the Arabidopsis as “the lab rat of plant biology.” Will the life forms survive the lunar surface? NASA’s plan is to find some answers when this “self-contained habitat,” which will have a mass of about 1 kg and would be a payload on a commercial lunar lander, is on the , How it gets there is another interesting side of the story, because NASA is taking advantage of a parallel event to save costs significantly.

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