Space Elevator!

By Scott Snowden The push for a space elevator took a step forward this week when a team of researchers from Shizuoka University in Japan announced that they will launch an experiment to the International Space Station next week. In the experiment, which will be the first of its kind in space, two ultrasmall cubic satellites, or […]

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Book Review: The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

The Fountains Of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read for the SF Masterworks Reading Challenge and Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club here on Goodreads, the 12 in 12 Challenge, the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge, and the Hard Core Sci-Fi Challenge. This book won the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 1979/1980, and was nominated […]

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NASA Spotted a Vast, Glowing ‘Hydrogen Wall’ at the Edge of Our Solar System

By Rafi Letzter There’s a “hydrogen wall” at the edge of our solar system, and NASA scientists think their New Horizons spacecraft can see it. That hydrogen wall is the outer boundary of our home system, the place where our sun’s bubble of solar wind ends and where a mass of interstellar matter too small to bust […]

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When a Mars Simulation Goes Wrong

By Marina Koren The drive to the little white dome on the northern slope of Mauna Loa is a bumpy one. Mauna Loa, the “Long Mountain,” is a colossal volcano that covers half of the island of Hawaii. The rocky terrain, rusty brown and deep red, crunches beneath car tires and jostles passengers. Up there, more […]

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The Silurian Hypothesis

By Lorenzo Tanos The thought of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures having proper names, working jobs to feed their families, and enjoying the trappings of technology is one that’s fueled many a children’s cartoon or fantasy story through the years. But with the proof of an intelligent civilization bound to get destroyed forever after millions […]

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How to Get to Mars Without Going Mad

By Andrew Masterson The technological challenges involved in sending a crewed mission to Mars are daunting, but new research highlights the need to focus on the psychology of spaceflight to prevent world’s first Mars explorers arriving at their destination stark raving crazy. A paper in the journal American Psychologist reviews the already extensive research done by NASA into […]

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Advanced Space Habitat for Plants

By Morgan Mcallister, NASA The Advanced Plant Habitat (APH), a recent addition to the International Space Station, is the largest growth chamber aboard the orbiting laboratory. Roughly the size of a mini-fridge, the habitat is designed to test which growth conditions plants prefer in space and provides specimens a larger root and shoot area. This […]

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