articles tagged: space travel
life on mars, now in post-modern style
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life on mars, now in post-modern style

A proposal for a Martian habitat wants to use the power of water for both structural support and radiation shielding.

when you just can’t solve a problem with a giant laser canon
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when you just can’t solve a problem with a giant laser canon

Yuri Milner wants to explore Alpha Centauri with a tiny spaceship propelled by the biggest and most powerful laser cannon ever built. That may be a lot harder than it sounds.

when too much skepticism about space exploration can be a bad thing
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when too much skepticism about space exploration can be a bad thing

When not promising us cities on Triton in ten years, the media seems befuddled by and incredulous of the most conservative and realistic plans for space exploration.

say, how much would you want for that planet?
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say, how much would you want for that planet?

Could the far future see a market for selling entire planets not too dissimilar from today's real estate market?

why you can’t nuke your way to a second earth
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why you can’t nuke your way to a second earth

Someone should tell Elon Musk that a nuclear bombardment of Mars into habitability won't be much of a shortcut.

what our trip to pluto can teach us about ourselves
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what our trip to pluto can teach us about ourselves

New Horizons' flyby of Pluto let us see a brand new world that doesn't fit in our conventional categories, and reminded us that at our heart, we're explorers, not drones.

what space exploration can do for medicine
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what space exploration can do for medicine

Want a longer, healthier, more exciting life with many quality years in your old age? Support space exploration.

no, we can’t just explore space with more robots
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no, we can’t just explore space with more robots

Robotics researcher Srikanth Saripalli advances a bizarre argument against human spaceflight and in favor of sending a robots we haven't invented yet to distant worlds.

why luxury spaceships would be worth their price tag
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why luxury spaceships would be worth their price tag

If we're going to have astronauts working and living in space for years at a time, cramming them in tight, fixed spaces without artificial gravity is doing them, and us, a major disservice.

why mars is not the next apollo
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why mars is not the next apollo

We cannot treat Mars the same way we treated the Moon.

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