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Atlantis

Francis Levy | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science
Francis Levy

Now that all the jeremiads about global warming are proving true and there's definite proof that the polar icecaps are melting and that the process is irreversible, perhaps we will at last find Atlantis.

Orion: Hard to Get All Tingly Over NASA's New Capsule

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.04.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

While the first launch of Orion (a program which has already been around for a decade) is an important step, NASA is nowhere close to having its own manned space system.

Do We Have What It Takes to Explore Space?

Chris Carberry | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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?

Interstellar: Imperfect Epic Addresses Big Questions About the Future, Time, Human Nature, and Space Exploration

William Bradley | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Christopher Nolan's first film since the massive success of his Dark Knight Trilogy is a big movie about the future with with big ambitions, big themes, big images, and big questions about human nature, time, and president-day attitudes and policies. Or lack of same.

No Easy Way

Greg Autry | Posted 11.24.2014 | Technology
Greg Autry

When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated in flight on October 31 , that vehicle, named VSS Enterprise, and one of its pilots, Michael Alsbury, joined a long list of experimental aircraft and test pilots that made their final flight in the blue skies over California's High Desert.

Crisis and Context for Virgin Galactic

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Eric Dezenhall

Richard Branson had it right when he complained about people who knew nothing about the crash of SpaceShipTwo diving in front of cameras to analyze what must have gone wrong in the Mojave Desert.

Toast of the Week: The Best Way to Celebrate Mankind Landing on a Freakin' Comet

AskMen.com | Posted 11.16.2014 | Taste
AskMen.com

Space and booze have been making a lot of news recently. Perhaps someday we'll all be throwing back space beers on Mars.

Branson Pickle: Billionaire's 'Space'-Adventure Folly

William J. Furney | Posted 11.07.2014 | Business
William J. Furney

In the end, it is Branson, propelled by an overarching sense of boyhood adventure, or desperate folly, and rocketing to establish himself in the pantheon of brave travel pioneers, who has become entangled in a Gordian knot of his own vainglorious making and from which he does not know how to untie himself.

Interstellar, Virgin Galactic and the Dream of Space

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

There are moments in time when the coincidence of art and reality interact to allow us a glimpse into the context of history. The release of the Christopher Nolan film Interstellar a few days after two catastrophes in our space endeavor gives us one of those moments.

Virgin Galactic May Resume Test Flights In 2015: CEO

AP | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO says.

Virgin Galactic Says It Will Build Another Spaceplane

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Science

Virgin Galactic may be badly bruised, but it's not throwing in the towel. Just days after its SpaceShipTwo spaceplane crashed during a test flight ove...

Space Missions Are Never 'Routine'

Mario Livio | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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.

SpaceShipTwo: Much More Than Just a Roller Coaster for the Rich

Jim Bell | Posted 11.04.2014 | Science
Jim Bell

A significant part of their business model extends beyond tourism and into science. Realizing that they will be able to create an environment where weightlessness can be relatively frequently sustained for 4 to 6 minutes, Virgin Galactic has worked hard to create, advertise, promote, and implement true scientific research opportunities on SpaceShipTwo.

Antares and SpaceShipTwo: A Wakeup Call for Lots More Test Flights

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.04.2014 | Science
Marco Cáceres

Perhaps we feel like we've already gone through the most difficult part of the learning curve when it comes to rocketry, and that now it's just a matter of perfecting a few minor technical issues. Judging by last week's twin failures, I'm not so sure that's true.

What Virgin Galactic Crash Means For Space Tourism Industry

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.03.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It's what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where ...

Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic Will 'Not Push On Blindly' After Crash

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson on Saturday cast doubt on the future of his commercial space tourism company. A day after the pilot of a Vi...

Richard Branson Determined To Find Out Why Virgin Ship Crashed

AP | BRIAN MELLEY | Posted 11.02.2014 | Science

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators looking into what caused the crash of a Virgin Galactic prototype spacecraft that killed one of two test pilots ...

Virgin Galactic Space Ship Crashes During Test Flight

The Huffington Post | David Freeman and Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.01.2014 | Science

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane crashed during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert this afternoon, the company said. A report...

Memories of Challenger Ignited by Antares Explosion

Olympia LePoint | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science
Olympia LePoint

As I watched yesterday's Orbital Sciences rocket explosion, unpleasant memories entered my mind.

Living Fully and Doing Business Differently With Richard Branson

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

All day today at my apartment, I've been hosting a meeting of the B Team, which Richard Branson co-founded last year to change the values that drive businesses, to prioritize people and planet alongside profit, and to move beyond our obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term growth. And before we started the day, I interviewed Richard at AOL's Brand Camp leadership meeting, which reminded me of a conversation he and I had in 2009, on board Virgin America's inaugural flight from San Francisco to Orange County, covering everything from space travel and global warming to marijuana and the music business.

Virgin Galactic, FAA Sign Agreement For New Mexico Spaceport Flights

AP | Posted 06.03.2014 | Travel

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America have signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that clears the path...

Five Travel Destinations From This Year's Oscar Hits

Samuel Faktorow | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Samuel Faktorow

What is beyond the performances, costumes, and music? As they say in real estate: location, location, location.

WATCH: Spaceliner Passes Key Test

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A stunning new video lets viewers ride along on last-week's record-breaking test flight of Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceliner SpaceShipTwo. The...

Lady Gaga Will Perform In Outer Space

Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment

Not one to be outdone by Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga is the latest pop star to announce plans to venture to infinity and beyond. The singer is aiming ...

New Reality Show To Send Winner Out Of This World

LiveScience | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Science

Soon, you can watch people compete for a chance to launch into space from the comfort of your own living room. A new reality TV show picked up by NB...