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January 27, 2013

Hypersonic 'spaceliner' aims to carry passengers in 2050

A hypersonic “SpaceLiner” would whisk up to 50 passengers from Europe to Australia in 90 minutes. The futuristic vehicle would do so by riding a rocket […]
January 27, 2013

From SciFi to SciFact #4: The Solar Sail

One of the most highly-anticipated pieces of dream technology is the solar sail, a concept featured in the visually beautiful Disney animation “Treasure Planet. While the […]
January 27, 2013

On Mars, Dry Ice 'Smoke' Carves Up Sand Dunes

The seasonal thawing of carbon dioxide ice near Mars‘ north pole carves grooves in the region’s sand dunes, three new studies reveal. The discovery, made using […]
January 26, 2013

NASA Joins ESA Hunt For Dark Energy And Matter

NASA and the European Space Agency announced this week that the two organizations have partnered on the ESA’s Euclid mission. This mission, a space telescope that […]
January 26, 2013

NASA restarts most powerful rocket engine ever built

The last time NASA fired an F-1 in anger was in 1972, with the launch of Skylab. Since then, the F-1 program has been largely dormant, […]
January 26, 2013

Investors shrug at pie in the sky plans to mine asteroids, moon

A slew of space entrepreneurs are trying to convince investors that there’s gold — and platinum and other precious minerals — inside asteroids, just waiting to […]
January 25, 2013

Star Trek director JJ Abrams to direct next Star Wars film

JJ Abrams will direct the next Star Wars film according to numerous film industry reports. Abrams previously directed Star Trek in 2009 and the film’s sequel, […]
January 25, 2013

Two of Earth’s Moons in One Picture

Photographer Lauren Hartnett took a fantastic picture: Two Moons literally passing in the night! Hartnett was in Houston, Texas—at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, appropriately enough—on Jan. […]
January 24, 2013

Sci-fi Fiction to Fact #3: Star Trek “The Cage”

Star Trek has undoubtedly been a driver inspiring scientific and technological advances since it first aired in 1966. The Cage was a lost episode, originally rejected […]