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Space Exploration

Buzz Aldrin Explains How The U.S. Can Get One Step Closer To Colonizing Mars

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin urged members of Congress on Tuesday to establish a human colony on Mars and to “combine the mission” with China...

NASA Recreates Chilly 'Blue Sunset' On Mars

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Science

If you're the kind of person who wonders what a sunset on Mars might look like, NASA has you covered. The space agency just released a new Vine (below...

Unpacking Mars

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2015 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Now that a week has passed since the "we regret to inform you" email from Mars One signaled my elimination from the planned mission to send the first humans to the red planet, it's time to unpack.

Black Hole's Winds Carry The Energy Of More Than A Trillion Suns

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

If you think winter winds are fierce, get this: NASA says new measurements made by a pair of space telescopes show that the winds produced by a black ...

WATCH: NASA Has A Wild Idea To Send A Sub To Explore Alien Sea

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Science

NASA is mulling over plans to explore the seas of Saturn's moon Titan, and the possible mission seems like something out of a sci-fi movie. Titan's...

Declaration of Space Opportunity

Lucian Tarnowski | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Lucian Tarnowski

We are living in an interdependent world. The major challenges that face humanity are global in nature. We need to develop more interdependent thinking in order to deal with them.

A NASA Engineer Explains How You Give Directions in Space

Quora | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science
Quora

Navigation requires a reference frame. We need reference frames to tell us where we are with respect to other objects and we need reference frames to tell us how we are oriented with respect to other objects. There is no single universal frame that is used for all operations.

To Stay

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

Imagine looking up and seeing a ring of little pearls in the sky that are human habitats, or knowing there are trees growing on the Moon and the first human babies are being born on Mars who will call it their Home.

WATCH: How SpaceX Will Reuse Its Rockets Is Pretty Remarkable

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.03.2015 | Science

This just may be the most awesome lift-off and landing you've seen yet. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based, private spaceflight company SpaceX has release...

That Vacation on the Moon Is Closer Than You Think -- Thanks to Entrepreneurs

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 01.27.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Governments no longer have a monopoly on space exploration. In two or three decades we will have entrepreneurs taking us on private spaceflights to the Moon. That is what has become possible.

Countdown For SpaceX Rocket Launch Aborted

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.06.2015 | Science

UPDATE: The launch countdown was aborted today due to a "Falcon 9 launch vehicle issue." The launch has been rescheduled for 5:09 a.m. EST Friday, pen...

'Interstellar' Star Explains Why She Doesn't Want To Go Into Space

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Science

Jessica Chastain is no NASA scientist, though she plays one in the sci-fi blockbuster "Interstellar." And now the 37-year-old actress is starring in a...

Reborn Space Telescope Makes Major Discovery

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 12.22.2014 | Science

Call it the comeback of the year. Last year, equipment failure caused NASA to deem its $600-million Kepler space telescope irreparable. But since t...

Pre-Holiday Jerry Brown Preps for Term 4

William Bradley | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown was resolute when I raised the latest disappointing round of UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru with him. "California will lead the way," he declared. "Have no doubt."

Spaceship That Could Take Us To Mars Set For Test Flight Tomorrow

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.05.2014 | Science

Tomorrow is a big day for NASA. On Dec. 4 at 7:05 a.m. EST, the space agency is set to launch its Orion spacecraft, a new capsule that one day may ...

A Different Kind of Space Story

Art Dula | Posted 02.01.2015 | Science
Art Dula

In recent years, it seems that the allure of space has once again captured the minds of a generation.

4 Strategies NASA Used to Market the Moon

Markus Giesler | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

Most people look at NASA as a space agency and at my childhood projects as natural activities. However, NASA is probably one of the most successful marketing agencies in the 20th century and my childhood is evidence of its enduring influence on society.

NASA Is Building a Sustainable 'Highway' for Unprecedented Deep Space Exploration

Dan Dumbacher | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science
Dan Dumbacher

In early December, NASA will take an important step into the future with the first flight test of the Orion spacecraft -- the first vehicle in history capable of taking humans to multiple destinations in deep space.

Do We Have What It Takes to Explore Space?

Chris Carberry | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science
Chris Carberry

The recent accidents at Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences have stimulated an important discussion not only for space exploration, but also for our national economic future: What level of risk are we willing to accept in order to advance technology and exploration?

Beyond a Comet, Pluto Looms

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.18.2015 | Science
David J. Eicher

On December 6 the New Horizons spacecraft, en route to Pluto and its system of moons since 2006, will come out of hibernation mode. This marks the first step in setting up for the flyby of Pluto and its moons that will occur on July 14, 2015, giving us our first-ever thorough look at what many consider to be the last great frontier of the Solar System.

From 3D Printers to Self-Replicating Machines

Tim Ward | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Tim Ward

I've seen the future. It looks like a microwave oven, but inside, a small robot arm is zipping away, making things. As I watched this working three-D printer on display at the main in BHV department store in Paris, I remembered seeing my first fax machine in the 1980s.

Alien Message From Space: We Want Dr. Matt Taylor's Bowling Shirt!

Spencer Green | Posted 01.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a remarkable development, scientists have received a message from deep space in which aliens want to know how and where they can get the bowling shirt of hot, scantily-clad women worn by Rosetta physicist Matt Taylor.

Interstellar Travel? Nah! (Part 2)

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 01.05.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Any technology we have today, or any extension of it that we can actually build, will not match the challenge of interstellar travel, especially at a price human society will care to pay. Here is what I recommended instead.

Interstellar

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.05.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

The script, by director/writer Christopher Nolan and his brother, writer Jonathan Nolan, doesn't let the film get off the ground, literally, for 50 minutes. It meticulously, laboriously sets up the backstory and the reason why a trip to outer space is a do-or-die mission.

Space Missions Are Never 'Routine'

Mario Livio | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science
Mario Livio

While the potential for various mechanical and electronic failures is always on the mind of everyone involved with large and ambitious space endeavors, these are always treated as challenges that need to be overcome, rather than as deterrents.