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The Dismal Future of Interstellar Travel

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 10.15.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

I have been an avid science fiction reader all my life, but as an astronomer for over half my life, the essential paradox of my fantasy world can no longer be maintained. Basically, science tells us that traveling fast enough to make interstellar travel possible requires more money than society will ever be able to invest in the attempt.

It's Time To Take The Science Out Of Space

Brian Clegg | Posted 10.09.2014 | Science
Brian Clegg

Going into space is not really a scientific endeavor at all. It may be done for any or all of political, commercial, sociological -- even spiritual -- purposes, but it isn't too much about science. We need to separate our thinking here.

Wait for It...

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 09.26.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

We needed this break between Apollo program and current missions to send humans to Mars, for three big reasons.

Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I'm not sure even Mother Teresa or Gandhi could crack the top-tier of this list. I'm thinking Mars One is looking for far more than qualified and intrepid space explorers; they're looking for super heroes -- or at least the super heroic.

Amazing Map Shows Every Space Probe Now Exploring Our Solar System

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.03.2014 | Science

They say outer space is a lonely place, but a new chart shows that some regions have gotten a bit crowded. It purports to show the positions of all th...

Mars: It's All About the Life

Chris Carberry | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science
Chris Carberry

Life on Mars is inevitable. Now, such a statement may sound audacious, farfetched, and maybe even just a little bit crazy. It might be viewed as being just a wild prognostication about finding extraterrestrial microbial life on Mars - but it is based firmly in the realm of reality.

WATCH: Bill Nye Asks If E.T. Is Worth A Cup Of Coffee

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science

How much would you be willing to spend to find alien life? As Bill Nye explains in a new video, it might not cost you much more than a cup of java. ...

I'm With Stupid: If the Satellite's A-Rockin' Don't Come Knockin'

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.01.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

OK, you can relax now, people. The big crisis in Russia is over. Everything is going to be all right. Well, maybe not everything. I mean, there's sti...

Moon Landing Anniversary Reminds Us That NASA and Space Exploration Are Worth the Cost

Wallace Fowler | Posted 09.20.2014 | Science
Wallace Fowler

Some argue that spending money on space is not a good investment, or that it is a luxury that we cannot afford. I believe that space exploration is a very sound investment.

A Timeless Gift

Victoria Oldridge | Posted 07.18.2014 | Science
Victoria Oldridge

The man who personified the intellect and boldness to soar to the moon and back was as human as the rest of us. Despite the 600 million people that sat captivated in front of their television set and witnessed his accomplishment, he still struggled with a deep-seated yearning to be truly seen.

Basic Safety Is Not Negotiable in Human Space Exploration

Doug Cooke | Posted 09.16.2014 | Science
Doug Cooke

Today there is widespread agreement that Mars is our human space exploration "horizon goal." There seems to be less agreement on how safe future human space transportation should be. Public opinion is increasingly influenced by uninformed opinions on social media.

Jennifer Bendery

Congressman: We Need Neil DeGrasse Tyson To Get People Excited About Going To Mars | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers met Wednesday to tackle a daunting task: how to keep Congress committed to investing hundreds of billions of dollars int...

Rescuing the Artifacts of Space

Michael Drew | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science
Michael Drew

Calling all techno-archaeologists: Help retrieve the wondrous inventions that have expanded our view of the cosmos. Usually our space probes have an expiration date, and we can no longer rely on them for furthering our discoveries of the worlds, the space, the universe beyond our solitary planet.

Are We Alone In The Universe? 13 Theories

Tim Urban | Posted 08.17.2014 | Science
Tim Urban

Scientists estimate that there are over 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy alone -- but we've never heard anything from any of them. Here are 13 possible explanations for why.

Will Extroverts Be Excluded From Mars Missions?

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science

As NASA focuses considerable effort on a mission to send humans to Mars in the coming decades, psychology researchers are looking at what types of p...

Sisterhood: Powerful on Mars!

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I met three impressive Mars One women last weekend: Kenya Armbrister, Blake Bevin, and Megan Kane. These women are determined. They are distinctive in the skills and knowledge they'd bring to Mars. They are fun to talk to -- smart, personable, and lively. I'd go to Mars in a heartbeat with any or all of them.

When It Comes to Space Travel, Things Are Looking Up

Michael V. Paul | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science
Michael V. Paul

How, you may ask, are things "looking up" considering the cuts to the federal budget, the retirement of the shuttle, and the faltering of international agreements with our Russian partners in the International Space Station?

Here's One Wacky Way To Spread Humanity Throughout The Galaxy

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.05.2014 | Science

From pizza to prostheses, 3-D printers are being used to whip up all sorts of things. And now scientists are talking about "printing" out batches of p...

Mighty Mega-Rocket To Usher In New Era Of Space Exploration | Raphael Rosen | Posted 05.29.2014 | Science

A new era of space exploration — supported by a history-making new mega-rocket and a spacecraft designed to deliver humans into deep space — coul...

The Troubled Fate of the International Space Station

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

It seems that, without ISS, American manned space travel beyond 2020 will have to go "all-in" on the politically controversial destinations of the Moon, an asteroid or Mars to keep itself relevant.

Buzz Aldrin Pooh-Poohs NASA's Asteroid Plan | Miriam Kramer | Posted 04.24.2014 | Science

While moonwalker Buzz Aldrin thinks that a mission sending humans to an asteroid is a good idea, the Apollo astronaut isn't so happy with NASA's curr...

Fly Me To The Mini-Moon? | Leonard David | Posted 04.12.2014 | Science

A manned mission to an asteroid may be quite a bit less complicated than NASA had thought. The space agency is drawing up bold plans to capture a ne...

Sounds From Space -- Music for Yuri's Night 2014!

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Zoe P. Strassfield

Wow, where did the past year go? It's once again time to dust off your space helmets and dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate the anniversary of t...

Jennifer Bendery

NASA Maps Out Plans For Sending People To Mars, Tossing An Asteroid At The Moon | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- NASA has some projects in the works when it comes to space exploration, but they're no big deal: Just grabbing an asteroid and throwing ...

Backgrounding Apollo and Beyond: The GRAIL Mission at 2+ Years

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 06.01.2014 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Events of March 31, 2014 One of the exciting things about living in the Boston area is that the high number of colleges and universities means I'm al...