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Artist’s rendering of a Mars artificial gravity transfer vehicle. NASA

Method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity raises hope for long-distance space travel

Method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity raises hope for long-distance space travel Artist’s rendering of a Mars artificial gravity transfer vehicle. NASA Charles W. Dunnill, Swansea University Space agencies and private companies already have advanced plans to send humans to Mars in the next few years –…

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The ability to land rocket boosters makes them reusable, substantially reducing the cost of launches. SpaceX

Sense, think, act: the principle that governs everything from rocket landings to interest rates

Sense, think, act: the principle that governs everything from rocket landings to interest rates The ability to land rocket boosters makes them reusable, substantially reducing the cost of launches. SpaceX Christopher M Kellett, University of Newcastle The successful first test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle Wednesday morning…

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A statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in Moscow, Russia. Shutterstock/VLADJ

Looking up a century ago, a vision of the future of space exploration

Looking up a century ago, a vision of the future of space exploration A statue of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in Moscow, Russia. Shutterstock/VLADJ Alice Gorman, Flinders University In the early years of the 20th century a Russian scientist – now known as the father of astronautics and rocketry – wrote a…

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NASA Deep Space Exploration Systems Look Ahead to Action-Packed 2018

NASA Deep Space Exploration Systems Look Ahead to Action-Packed 2018 Engineers preparing NASA’s deep space exploration systems to support missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond are gearing up for a busy 2018. The agency aims to complete the manufacturing of all the major hardware by the end of the…

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Falcon 9 launch in March 2017. SpaceX/flickr

In space, this is the age of reusability

In space, this is the age of reusability Falcon 9 launch in March 2017. SpaceX/flickr Matthew Richardson, University of Tokyo and Michael Smart, The University of Queensland Big plans are being made in space. Investment banks want to mine asteroids for rare, valuable metals. Japan wants to build a solar…

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Between the Earth and the moon: An artist’s rendering of a refueling depot for deep-space exploration. Sung Wha Kang (RISD), CC BY-ND

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars Between the Earth and the moon: An artist’s rendering of a refueling depot for deep-space exploration. Sung Wha Kang (RISD), CC BY-ND Gary Li, University of California, Los Angeles; Danielle DeLatte, University of Tokyo; Jerome Gilleron, Georgia Institute of…

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