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Canadian Company Patents Inflatable 'Space Elevator'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

Not even Willy Wonka could dream up an elevator this otherworldly. The Canadian company Thoth Technology has secured a U.S. patent...

Virgin Galactic Pilot Describes Free Fall After Spaceship Disintegrated

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilot of a Virgin Galactic spaceship that disintegrated midflight recalls trying in vain to activate oxygen to help him breath...

Donald Trump Has Been Located!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.21.2015 | Comedy
Warren J. Blumenfeld

"What planet is Donald on?" Well, wonder no longer. The Donald has been located!

Countdown to Zero

Robert Bliwise | Posted 07.02.2015 | Science
Robert Bliwise

Falcon 9 is the third resupply mission of its kind to fail in recent months. Is it more than a failure, but also a metaphor of our times? Ambitions that, even in their smallness, can't be realized?

Miles from Tomorrowland Is Getting Disney Junior Viewers Excited About the Science that Powers Space Flight

Jim Hill | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So how does Sascha Paladino -- the creator and exec producer of Disney Junior's Miles from Tomorrowland -- measure the amount of time and energy that he's poured into the development of this popular new animated series?

Even With California's Legislature on Summer Vacation, Things Keep Perking in Jerry Brown World

William Bradley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With the California legislature off on a month's vacation beginning with the 4th of July weekend, it's a period in California politics in which several matters are poised awaiting resolution; namely, policy on water, high-speed rail, and space, the state controller's race, and Governor Jerry Brown's future.

Fairies, Witches and Astronauts

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

What were all the boys who were running away from girls like me running toward, you might ask? Their glorious futures, of course. If boys wanted to fly, they had plenty of assistance.

NASA Announces Ambitious Missions For 2017

Posted 04.07.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/06/2013 09:05 AM EDT on NASA has picked two new low-cost missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satel...

Moon Mission Plan Takes Top Prize In Space Exploration Contest

Posted 04.05.2013 | Science

By: Rod Pyle, Contributor Published: 04/05/2013 06:25 AM EDT on PASADENA, Calif. — A team of students has come up with an am...

Moonwalker Denies Selling Space Stuff

Posted 03.24.2013 | Science

By: Robert Z. Pearlman Published: 03/24/2013 11:27 AM EDT on A New York auction house is set to sell more than 300 space artifacts on Mo...

Mum's The Word On Military's 'Mini-Shuttle' Mission

Posted 02.22.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 02/22/2013 06:53 AM EST on The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane is quietly chalking up mileage ...

J.K. Rowling Passes On Space Shuttle Ride

Posted 10.03.2012 | Travel

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has declined a trip into space that was offered to her for £2 million ($3,222,600,) reports the Irish Independent....

Want To Go To Space? Virgin Airlines Wants To Send You

Posted 08.31.2012 | Money

Frequent flier miles are typically only good for a trip to, say, see a great aunt who lives across the country. But now Virgin Airlines is upping the ...

Apollo 11 Flight Director Gene Krantz Explains How To Park On The Moon

James M. Clash | Posted 09.20.2012 | Travel
James M. Clash

Stout and brawny and still looking like a marine drill instructor at 78, Krantz set the record straight for me.

World Record Holding Sky Diver Talks Free Fall

James M. Clash | Posted 09.04.2012 | Travel
James M. Clash

"At about 90,000 feet, I reached more than 600 miles per hour. The altimeter on my wrist was unwinding very rapidly, but there was no sense of speed."

I Can't Believe They Benched Me: A Monologue By Space Shuttle Enterprise

Blake Henderson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

I'm going to be looking at Jersey all day. At least send me to the East River, where I can grow a beard of fucking ironic barnacles and gaze at Greenpoint.

Astronauts: American Heroes or Modern-day Meddlers?

Richard Garriott | Posted 07.31.2012 | Science
Richard Garriott

They share the goal to see the expansion of exploration but must acknowledge the new economic and political realities we face. Resistance will not help usher in the sustainable future they desire!

The Legacy of the Space Shuttle

Richard Garriott | Posted 07.08.2012 | Science
Richard Garriott

The Space Shuttle has been the most successful space launch system ever by far. In 30 years we launched the Space Shuttle 135 times. Today more than half of the just over 500 people who have ever orbited the earth, have done so aboard one of the five space shuttles.

Why Human Space Travel?

Richard Garriott | Posted 05.19.2012 | Science
Richard Garriott

Human spaceflight can and will come down in cost by a factor of 10 to 100 in the next decades. The issue is not if we should explore and homestead in space but when.

The New Space Race: The Next 30 Years of Human Exploration of Space

Richard Garriott | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science
Richard Garriott

So, why travel into space and why should tax payers pay for humans to travel beyond Earth? Because this exploration will return direct economic value beyond exploration, in areas such as energy and minerals.

Gingrich: Terrible President on Earth, Great One in Space

Konstantin Kakaes | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Konstantin Kakaes

President Obama's attempts to reform NASA have been gestures in the right direction, but he has been tepid in this, as in so many other things. But a President Gingrich might be able to get real money for space.

A Daughter's Dream of Space (As an Era Comes to a Close)

Margaret Lazarus Dean | Posted 08.19.2011 | Women
Margaret Lazarus Dean

Sometimes people ask me how I grew to love spaceflight. I used to answer that I spent a lot of time at the Smithsonian as a kid. But as time went on, my answer started to reach back one step further.

50 Years After Gagarin Was First to Space, Glenn Recalls His Own Historic Flight

James M. Clash | Posted 06.10.2011 | Technology
James M. Clash

Did John Glenn ever experience fear? In his own words: "How do you think you'd feel if you knew you were on top of two million parts built by the lowest bidder on a government contract?"

Mars Flight Simulation: 6 Men Endure 105 Days Of Isolation In Simulated Flight

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Russian engineers broke a red wax seal and six men emerged from a metal hatch after 105 days of isolation in a mock spacecraft, still smilin...

U.S. Space Policy = Waste As Much Money As Possible

Ronald Mirman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ronald Mirman

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have spoken on space policy, and both are wrong. McCain is clearly more interested (he was a pilot and Republicans t...