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September 28, 2016
Elon Musk envisions 'fun' trips to Mars colony
Guadalajara, Mexico (AFP) Sept 28, 2016
SpaceX chief Elon Musk unveiled on Tuesday ambitious plans to establish a Mars colony by sending 100 humans at a time on massive spacecraft, possibly costing as low as $100,000 per person. Taking the stage under a large globe of Mars at the International Astronautical Congress, Musk showed his vision for a giant rocket that would propel people to the Red Planet "in our lifetime." "We need to go from these early exploration missions to actually building a city," he said to an overflow crowd at an ... read more

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Chinese Space Lab Tiangong-2 Ready to Dock With Manned Spacecraft
China's second space laboratory Tiangong-2 is in good condition and ready to start docking process with the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11, local media reported Monday. Ten days after its launc ... more

Tiangong-2 space lab enters preset orbit for docking with manned spacecraft
Chinese scientists on Sunday maneuvered the country's Tiangong-2 space lab to a preset orbit 393 kilometers above Earth's surface, in preparation for a planned docking with the Shenzhou-11 manned sp ... more

NASA's Asteroid-Bound Spacecraft Aces Instrument Check
Its science instruments have been powered on, and NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues on its journey to an asteroid. The spacecraft has passed its initial instrument check with flying colors as i ... more
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New Low-Mass Objects Could Help Refine Planetary Evolution
When a star is young, it is often still surrounded by a primordial rotating disk of gas and dust, from which planets can form. Astronomers like to find such disks because they might be able to catch ... more


Planet Mercury Found to Be Tectonically Active
Images acquired by NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft show geologic features that indicate Mercury is likely still contracting today, joining ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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Messenger probe images fault scarps on Mercury's surface
Like Earth, Mercury is tectonically active. As evidenced by images captured by NASA's Messenger probe, Mercury's surface is host to fault scarps. ... more

Pluto's heart sheds light on a possible buried ocean
Ever since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto last year, evidence has been mounting that the dwarf planet may have a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell. Now, by modeling the impact dynamic ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Air Force works to bring prestige back to nuke missile roles

Pentagon chief calls Russia out over 'nuclear saber-rattling'

US has met its side of Iran nuclear deal: Moniz

US hits Chinese firm with sanctions over N. Korea trade

Russian bombers flying too close to airliners: Iceland

China flies military planes over strait near Japan

Britain 'will oppose any idea of an EU army': defence minister


Batch production of Long March 5 underway
Batch production of Long March 5 has begun, said Meng Fanxin, manager of the industrialized base for the carrier rocket in Tianjin. Known as the Long March 5, China's most powerful heavy-lift ... more

Scientific experiment apparatuses on Tiangong-2 put into operation
Scientific apparatus carried by Tiangong-2 began operational at around 6:41 p.m. Thursday Beijing Time after being on standby mode for nearly seven days since the space lab entered its preset orbit ... more

China space plane taking shape
New concept opens range of possibilities for high-speed commercial travel, tourism. Chinese space engineers will join hands to develop a next-generation craft with enormous business potential for co ... more
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China's space survival experiment goes on well
China's experiment in human living for space exploration is going smoothly, halfway into the project, the Astronaut Center of China (ACC) announced Tuesday. Four volunteers started a 180-day e ... more

Rocket maker aims high with lofty output targets
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp aims to "double or even triple" its annual production capacity by 2025 while without adding new employees - as the State-owned satellite and rocket maker ... more
24/7 News Coverage
To produce biopharmaceuticals on demand, just add water

Seismic 'CT scans' reveal deep earth dynamics

UMass Amherst Research Traces Past Climate, Human Migration in the Faroe Islands

Why Does Dying Cost More for People of Color

Yes, Computing Genetic Ancestors is Super Accurate

Review of studies finds genetically engineered crops are safe

Santos, Timochenko: Colombia foes turned peacemakers


UK increases investment in Magna Parva in-space manufacturing tech
Magna Parva wins major follow-on contract to build engineering qualification model that will manufacture structures of indefinite size in space The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), through its De ... more

Pacamor Kubar Bearings awarded contract to support Mars 2020 Mission
Pacamor Kubar Bearings (PKB), a Troy, NY manufacturer of ball bearings for aerospace and defense systems, was recently awarded a contract by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to supply critical hardwa ... more

Rover Makes Its Way to 'Spirit Mound,'
Opportunity is making her way towards the first science waypoint of the new extended mission on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The first waypoint is a feature named 'Spirit Mound,' one of the lo ... more

Hubble Finds Planet Orbiting Pair of Stars
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and a trick of nature, have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years away to ... more

Tiangong 2 initial tests proceeding well
Several days after its launch, China's Tiangong 2 space laboratory seems to be working well. The uncrewed module has made engine burns and orbital changes, demonstrating its capabilities. Chin ... more


A Mixed-reality Trip to Mars
It'll be years before the first astronauts leave the launch pad on Earth to journey to Mars. But starting Sept. 19, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex in Florida will get a taste o ... more

NASA scientists find 'impossible' cloud on Titan
The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought - possibly similar to one seen over Earth's ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Levitating nanoparticle improves torque sensing in quest for quantum theory fundamentals

How to power up graphene implants without frying cells

Closing in on high-temperature superconductivity

New findings by Stanford chemists could lead to greener methanol production

Columbia Chemists Find Key to Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells

Digital photography: The future of small-scale manufacturing

Corvus Energy selected to power new environmentally friendly UK hybrid ferry

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Stellar activity can mimic misaligned exoplanets


JPL seeks robotic spacecraft development for Asteroid Redirect Mission


China's Tiangong-1 space station to crash into Earth in 2017


One Billion Base Pairs Sequenced on the Space Station


NASA iTech Fosters Technology Needed for Journey to Mars


New Research Collaboration Explores Microbiome of the Space Station


China's space lab Tiangong-2 enters in-orbit test track


Astronauts given comfort upgrade


World's first space cold atom clock


Mars 2020 rover to produce oxygen: NASA

Tiangong-2 "another significant step" for building China's space station

Opportunity Heads Toward First Waypoint of its Next Extended Mission

Shedding light on Pluto's glaciers

Introducing the Daily Minor Planet: delivering the latest asteroid news

Mars hosted lakes, snowmelt-fed streams much later than previously thought

Servosila Robotic Arms product line is launched by Servosila

Exploration Team Shoots for the Moon with Water-Propelled Satellite

More stable way to send light through nano-photonic fibers

Earthquakes, 'Marsquakes,' and the Possibility of Life

Some Ancient Martian Lakes Came Long After Others

Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

First commercial space base to be built in Wuhan

China to begin building space station in 2017

China acquires basic technology for manned lunar missions

China to share space development benefits with all

China to launch second space laboratory: Xinhua

China launches second space lab: Xinhua

Good Start for Tiangong 2

China plans global satellite network to boost internet

China's second space lab Tiangong-2 to be launched

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