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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 06.19.2014 | 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

Wait But Why | Posted 06.17.2014 | Science
Wait But Why

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 06.09.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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...

Planets Can Be Positively Perplexing

Greg Schwem | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science
Greg Schwem

I still remember the mnemonic as if it were 1972 and I was sitting in fourth grade science class. My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.

WATCH: Hawking Weighs In On Space Exploration | Megan Gannon | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science

NEW YORK — Ambitious plans to carry humans far beyond Earth were at the forefront of the Explorers Club Annual Dinner here Saturday night (March 15...

The Spaceship to Everywhere

Dennis Tito | Posted 05.14.2014 | Science
Dennis Tito

After nearly a year of study and collaboration between the Inspiration Mars Foundation and some of the best and brightest minds in the space industry, the most logical systems architecture for a Mars flyby mission has become crystal clear.

Ukraine Crisis Shows Weak Link in U.S. Space Program

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

While NASA's administration has stated that the deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations has not endangered the U.S. mission at the International Space Station, it is clear that the reliance on Russia as a manned space flight partner has serious risks attached to it.

Space Is Our Future

Franklin Chang Díaz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science
Franklin Chang Díaz

If you shop or make your bank transactions online, use your GPS to find where you are going, check the weather on your cell phone, then you are using these satellites.

ISS Calling Russia: Friend or Foe?

Clayton Anderson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Clayton Anderson

I guess I've always been a little bit cynical -- not much, mind you, but enough to cause me to look at the current happenings between Russia and Ukraine with a slightly jaundiced eye. How might this affect our relationship in outer space? Is Russia a friend, or are they a foe?

Space Is the Open Frontier

Richard Garriott | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Richard Garriott

I have taken what I earned in the games industry to open a path for my other life dream, going into space.

The Space Age, Race and a Quiet Revolution

Dr. Mae Jemison | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Mae Jemison

Alongside me the day in 1992 when we launched, in the historical background, were others -- the African-American engineers, rocket scientists, physicists, administrators, technicians and life scientists who helped build the space program.

Islamic Leaders Issue Fatwa Prohibiting One-Way Trips to Mars

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 04.26.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

You may be wondering why anyone would want to take a one-way trip to Mars, and honestly I wonder that myself. However, Dutch company Mars One plans to do just that, and they received over 200,000 applicants vying to take the trip.

REALLY? Enormous Elevator Could Take You To Space | Leonard David | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science

Is it time to push the "up" button on the space elevator? A space elevator consisting of an Earth-anchored tether that extends 62,000 miles (100,000...

Some Futurists Aren't Worried About Global Warming or Overpopulation

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

What many environmentalists, journalists and politicians fail to consider when assessing the future is how quickly technological innovation is growing. The future is coming much faster than people realize.