Tagged with: Space

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore the Moon and Mars

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore the Moon and Mars

It'll be a long time (if ever) before someone sets foot on the moon again, but you can now go on a few lunar excursions of your own without leaving the comfort of Google Maps. Just pop into the 'Earth' view and keep zooming out -- once you've reached escape velocity and can see our little blue dot framed by stars, a tap on ...

Europe’s Rosetta Satellite is the First to Ever Orbit a Comet

Europe’s Rosetta Satellite is the First to Ever Orbit a Comet

After a ten year journey through space, the European Space Agency's satellite Rosetta has finally rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—making it the first satellite to ever begin orbiting a comet. Referred to by ESA scientists as "the sexiest, most fantastic mission ever," Rosetta spent the early hours of ...

This Man-Made Leaf Turns Water and Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen

This Man-Made Leaf Turns Water and Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply stockpiling enough vital supplies isn't going to cut it, which is what led Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, to create an artificial biological leaf ...

SpaceX Unveils the Dragon V2: A Smarter Spaceship

SpaceX Unveils the Dragon V2: A Smarter Spaceship

SpaceX is gearing up to be the first private company to put an astronaut in space with the Dragon V2, an updated version of its Dragon spaceship that would make space travel safer and more controlled for its crew. “When we first created Dragon 1, we had never made a spacecraft before,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said at the ...

SpaceX Has First Successful Live Test of Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Has First Successful Live Test of Falcon 9 Rocket

Elon Musk just announced a significant milestone for SpaceX and, well, humanity. The first live test of a Falcon 9 rocket boost stage landing vertically was a success. The first stage of the rocket returned to Earth and landed vertically in the Atlantic Ocean after boosting the second stage to a resupply mission with the ...

Scientists Find Underground Ocean of Water on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Scientists Find Underground Ocean of Water on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

On a small moon of Saturn, hidden beneath nearly 25 miles of ice, researchers say they have identified an underground ocean of water that's at least as large as Lake Superior, the largest of North America's Great Lakes. The ocean was found at the south pole of Enceladus, a tiny moon about as wide as Arizona, putting the ...

NASA is Planning a Robotic Trip to Jupiter’s Moon Europa

NASA is Planning a Robotic Trip to Jupiter’s Moon Europa

NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life. The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial ...

NASA is Working on Star Trek-Like Tech to Regenerate Bone, Muscle

NASA is Working on Star Trek-Like Tech to Regenerate Bone, Muscle

NASA and Houston-based company GRoK Technologies will work on the development of new "breakthrough products," noninvasive medical technologies designed to "regenerate bone and muscle tissues." It really sounds like something out of Star Trek, but "it's not just sci-fi anymore." That's exactly what GRoK's founder and CEO ...

Rosetta, the First Spacecraft to Land on a Comet, Wakes Up

Rosetta, the First Spacecraft to Land on a Comet, Wakes Up

Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, and videos filmed as part of an international competition will help greet the spacecraft after it awakens. Comets are some of the most primitive building blocks of the solar ...

Mars One Announces Plans for Unmanned 2018 Mission

Mars One Announces Plans for Unmanned 2018 Mission

Mars One, the project that aims to put a group of colonists on Mars in 2025, is poised to take its first big step forward. On Tuesday, the Mars One foundation announced partnerships with Lockheed Martin and satellite company SSTL for an exploratory mission in 2018, potentially sending the first private spacecraft to Mars. ...