articles tagged: space exploration
the real reason why moon landing conspiracies endure
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the real reason why moon landing conspiracies endure

The idea that the lunar landing was faked has by now been debunked by just about everyone and their twice removed sister-in-law's grandma. So how and why is it still around?

for the sake of the planet, stop exploring space?
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for the sake of the planet, stop exploring space?

The space exploration industry is booming, which is an encouraging sign for our future. But some pundits are arguing that rocket launches will exacerbate global warming.

the planet modern space exploration forgot
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the planet modern space exploration forgot

After decades of neglect, space agencies are starting to listen to planetary scientists interested in studying Venus. Here's why they want to explore an alien hellscape.

world of weird things podcast: look, up in the sky! it’s super-earth!
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world of weird things podcast: look, up in the sky! it’s super-earth!

Far from being just a slightly bigger rocky sphere than our planet, Super-Earths are a fascinating class of worlds ranging from Earths with a few extra tons to failed seeds of gas giants.

world of weird things podcast: how to live in perpetual twilight
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world of weird things podcast: how to live in perpetual twilight

Of all the worlds to which humanity may travel, the most typical one would require our colonists to live under a sky in which the sun never rises or sets because it physically can’t.

world of weird things podcast: how exploring the solar system will un-domesticate us
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world of weird things podcast: how exploring the solar system will un-domesticate us

Humanity seems to be in a rut. Left bored, aimless, and engaging in self-destructive behaviors, we’re looking for the next big thing. And the best place to find it might be off this planet.

surfing the light fantastic: how nanoscale etchings could revolutionize solar sails
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surfing the light fantastic: how nanoscale etchings could revolutionize solar sails

If you want to explore our solar system, you need to prepare for multi-year journeys. But a new discovery in nanoscale engineering could help cut the travel time between worlds.

why nasa may be trying to quietly put the sls out of its misery
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why nasa may be trying to quietly put the sls out of its misery

NASA appears to be sick and tired of having to wait until the mid-2020s to return to the Moon on a future rocket that will be inferior to the private ones already flying, and easily lapped by ones currently being built.

how can we save earth from a doomsday asteroid? with robotic space jujitsu!
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how can we save earth from a doomsday asteroid? with robotic space jujitsu!

It may be tempting to use our nuclear warheads to save the planet from rogue space rocks instead of pointing them at each other, it would be a waste of perfectly good nukes.

home is where the mars rover is
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home is where the mars rover is

Now that Opportunity’s mission is complete, many wistfully lament about “bringing our robot home.” There’s just one problem: it’s already home.

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