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March 11, 2013

SXSW: Elon Musk discusses hovering rocket, Mars and that NYT review

AUSTIN — Elon Musk says if mankind doesn’t make it to Mars by the time he dies, it’ll be the biggest disappointment of his life. Speaking […]
March 10, 2013

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Testing Technology To Make Rockets Reusable

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is getting closer to having technology which could dramatically lower the cost of space travel. In a keynote speech at SXSW Interactive, Musk […]
March 10, 2013

6 Surprising Facts About Comet Pan-STARRS

Stargazers, take note: Comet Pan-STARRS is in the northern sky and can be seen with the naked eye … at least for now. The comet is […]
March 9, 2013

Chinese Space Debris Collides with Russian Satellite

According to Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), the Center for Space Standards and Innovation (CSSI) has determined that on January 22, 2013 debris from the Chinese FENGYUN […]
March 8, 2013

Luca Goes EVA

As Expedition 36/37 flight engineer, Luca will conduct maintenance tasks, replace a camera mounted on Japan’s Kibo module and retrieve science payloads. One of his spacewalks […]
March 8, 2013

If Earth Were Hosting An Alien Species, This Is What It Would Look Like

The unkillable tardigrade rears its tiny, weird-looking head. In 2011, the European Space Agency launched Earth’s weirdest creature, the tardigrade, into orbit for twelve days on […]
March 8, 2013

Luca Parmitano Training

In less than three years, Luca has travelled between all five international partners’ training sites, gaining the knowledge and skills required for his mission. His tailored […]
March 7, 2013

How to spot comet Pan-STARRS this weekend

The brightest comet for several years should become visible in the Northern Hemisphere night sky over the next few days. Sky-watchers should be able to spot […]
March 7, 2013

I Can’t Believe You’re Watching This Astronaut Make a Sandwich in Space

On Wednesday, the internet fell in love with this video of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield preparing himself a sandwich in space, or, as Smithsonian magazine puts it, “Spaaaaaaace!” […]