articles tagged: space exploration
politicians rush to undermine the future of space exploration
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politicians rush to undermine the future of space exploration

A new bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives wants to take a sledgehammer to the future of space travel for the benefit of one corporation.

world of weird things podcast: do cyborgs dream of bionic sheep?
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world of weird things podcast: do cyborgs dream of bionic sheep?

In the future, humanity is likely to become cyborgs. But how would that happen? And how did we get to the point where this is a realistic conversation?

why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die
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why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die

The long-debunked story of NASA buying ridiculously expensive pens is just too gratifying for some people to pass up.

world of weird things podcast: why ad astra is the breakup letter to space exploration
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world of weird things podcast: why ad astra is the breakup letter to space exploration

Advertised as a journey to the edge of space and our inner selves, Ad Astra is a tedious, scientifically inaccurate dive into a one-dimensional character's navel. Here's why it matters.

world of weird things podcast: are we getting our germs all over space?
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world of weird things podcast: are we getting our germs all over space?

A recent crash landing on the Moon was an astrobiologist's worst-case scenario, raising the question of whether we're just doomed to contaminate every world we'll ever touch.

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.

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