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Jul 5, 2015

Bitnation Space Agency

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, futurism, space

A publically crowdfunded, owned and operated space program. Follow Bitnation for updates.

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Jul 2, 2015

How to soar on Venus

Posted by in category: space

Forget colonizing Mars…Venus may be a better choice believe it or not.

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Jul 1, 2015

Why Send Humans to Space When We Can Send Robots? — Daniel Oberhaus | Motherboard

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space, space travel

“The first marketable, personal computers in the late 70s came about after almost 40 years of research and development, which created the technology at public expense. One of the peculiarities, if you’d like, of our system of innovation and development is that it’s radically anti-capitalist in many ways…People who paid taxes in the 50s and 60s may not have known it, but they were creating what was ultimately marketed by Apple. But they don’t get any of the profit. I think that’s a social pathology and the same carries over into space.” Read more

Jun 28, 2015

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket explodes

Posted by in category: space

[The Washington Post] The explosion was the third failed attempt to resupply the space station with cargo in recent months.

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Jun 28, 2015

What It Will Take for Humans to Live on the Moon — Bryan Lufkin | Gizmodo

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

“We (“we” meaning robots, at least at first) need to do lots of lunar experiments. What’s the nature of the Moon’s poles? Where is the water stored? We can answer those questions using robots—a couple of surface rovers, like Curiosity on Mars. These rovers can measure temperatures, slopes, surface properties, and the measurements of existing ice. Once we figure out a way to locate this vital resource on the Moon, the real progress can begin.” Read more

Jun 25, 2015

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, environmental, futurism, military, space

The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.

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Jun 24, 2015

NASA Plans To Use Nukes On Potential Doomsday Asteroid

Posted by in categories: existential risks, space

If NASA has its way, the human race won’t be going the way of the dinosaurs any time soon.

The space agency is teaming up with the National Nuclear Security Administration to work on a planetary defense plan to deflect a potential doomsday asteroid so it doesn’t strike Earth, according to The New York Times.

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Jun 24, 2015

Dwarf Galaxies Loom Large in Quest for Dark Matter

Posted by in categories: anti-gravity, astronomy, cosmology, energy, general relativity, particle physics, space

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“In its inaugural year of observations, the Dark Energy Survey has already turned up at least eight objects that look to be new satellite dwarf galaxies of the Milky Way.”

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Jun 23, 2015

Why Scientists Have Been Scared of Space Germs for Almost 50 Years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space

The 1967 Outer Space Treaty was one of the few things the U.S. and the Soviet Union managed to agree on at the height of the Cold War. Among other things, it forbid both nations from bringing space microbes back to Earth, or spreading Earth germs to other planets.

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Jun 21, 2015

Are Any of These Fictional Space Habitats Actually Possible?

Posted by in categories: futurism, space

Humanity’s future in space very much in the planning stages. Will we float among the stars in crazy spaceships? Will we set up small camps that sprawl into townships that grow into cities, or is an orbital mothership more human friendly? The question is, could any of these really be possible? Or do they deserve to be forever enshrined as sci-fi fever dreams?

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