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Seeds on the moon started to sprout for the first time but quickly died

China has taken a major step toward long-term space exploration. Earlier this month, the Chinese moon probe Chang’e 4 carried a container with cotton, mustard and potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs to the moon’s far side (facing away from Earth), and early this week, the China National Space Administration said that those seeds started to sprout. Unfortunately, temperatures dropped and killed the plants. According to the BBC, the project was designed by 28 Chinese universities, and the expe...
Tags: Space, Science, Design, News, China, Earth, Bbc, Moon, Agriculture, Plants, Watson, Mars, Seeds, FAO, Chang, China National Space Administration


Amazon launches re:MARS event focusing on AI, as second stage to invite-only MARS

Amazon’s annual invitation-only event on machine learning, automation, robotics and space — known as Mars — has become a high-tech highlight for insiders, featuring billionaire founder and CEO Jeff Bezos riding a giant robot or walking a robot dog. Now a wider circle of tech leaders can get in on a spin-off experience called re:MARS, which is due to make its debut June 4-7 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The event will shine a spotlight on the leading lights and cutting-edge advancem...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Las Vegas, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Aria Resort


Wine on Mars? The World's Oldest Wine-Making Country Wants to Make It Happen

The first human colonists on Mars will have to forgo many of the creature comforts of Earth -- things like enjoying an ozone layer, for example, or opting out of rearing genetically engineered Martian babies. Fortunately, one essential earthly amenity these hardscrabble colonists may not have to give up is wine. Georgia, a country with an 8,000-year-old viticulture tradition, is putting its top space and wine scientists to work figuring out how to grow grapes on Mars. The project, named IX Mil...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Washington Post, China, Georgia, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, The Washington Post, Tbilisi, Chang, Ardmore, International Space Station ISS, Red Planet


In the 2020s, China aims to lay groundwork for a moon base — plus missions to Mars

Flush from the success of the world’s first rover mission to the moon’s far side, Chinese space officials said today that they’re planning robotic trips to the lunar south pole to prepare the way for a crewed moon base. The officials discussed future lunar exploration plans less than two weeks after the Chang’e-4 lander’s history-making touchdown, and only a few days after China’s space agency released video of the lander’s descent and lunar surface activities. Chang’e-4 and its solar-powered Yu...
Tags: Science, China, Mars, Chang, Yutu


Elon Musk shows off newly-assembled Starship

NASA might still be waiting for its first real test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft -- which was recently pushed back into February for unspecified reasons -- but that's not the only spacecraft SpaceX has been working on. Starship, the forward-looking concept thought to be the future of the company's space exploration ambitions, has appeared in brief teases as it slowly inches its way towards testing. Now, SpaceX boss Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to show off the very first full...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Nasa, Mars, Musk, Starship, SpaceX Texas


Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's Tintin inspired 'Starship'

It may look like something straight out of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century or Tintin's Destination Moon but, according to Elon Musk, the pictures he tweeted of his latest SpaceX creation are very much real. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and electric car-maker Tesla, revealed that assembly of the 'Starship Hopper' test-flight rocket was complete and that the pictures of the shimmering, stainless steel construction were 'not a rendering'. The Tintin comparison is not an accident. In ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Musk, Hopper, Grasshopper, Vtol, Boca Chica, Starship, Yusaku Maezawa, Big Falcon Rocket, Musk SpaceX


Good News From Mars: The InSight Lander Is on Track to Start Collecting Data Next Month

The U.S. government may be in partial shutdown mode, but operations to configure instruments critical to NASA’s InSight mission on Mars are right on schedule—and things are going swimmingly, as the latest mission update attests.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Insight, Space Exploration, Mars, Planetary Science, Insight Lander


Complete list of dates for every full moon in 2019, including January's Wolf Moon

Stargazers should keep their eyes on the skies near the end of January for the first full moon of 2019, which is dubbed the Wolf Moon. This full moon will not only be a supermoon (meaning it appears bigger and brighter to the naked eye) but also coincides with a lunar eclipse in the UK. The spectacular sight, which will fall on January 21, is expected to peak in the UK in the early hours of the morning - which means stargazers will have to set their alarms to be able to catch a glimpse of the ph...
Tags: Asia, UK, Science, London, US, America, Earth, Canada, Moon, Mars, Prince Of Wales, Houston, North America, Pluto, Daily Telegraph, Black


This astronaut thinks going to Mars is "almost ridiculous"

Finally, an astronaut after my own cynical heart.
Tags: Science, News, Mars


No, Bacteria Aren't Mutating into Superbugs on the International Space Station

Bacteria on the International Space Station are evolving and changing in their strange orbital environment -- but according to a new study, they don't seem to be any more dangerous to humans. That's good news for astronauts, as some previous research suggested that space travel might make certain microbes mutate into strains that are more harmful to people . "There has been a lot of speculation about radiation, microgravity and the lack of ventilation and how that might affect living o...
Tags: Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Northwestern University, Hartmann, Bacillus, Erica Hartmann


Moon Landing May Fuel China’s Push to Other Galaxies

China landed a probe on the far side of the moon on Thursday with remarkably little fanfare, yet the feat is one giant leap for a nation that’s long been regarded as a minor player in the space race. With Elon Musk tweeting pictures of starships and NASA targeting a manned mission to Mars one day in the distant future, the moon might seem a less exciting destination. “China thinks in decades,” said Clive Neal, a lunar expert at the University of Notre Dame.
Tags: Science, China, Nasa, Mars, Clive Neal


You Should Play Do Not Feed The Monkeys

20th century sci-fi was so hopeful. By now, we should have flying cars, but instead we have Elon Musk. We should have robots that do all our chores, but instead we have a Russian guy pretending to be a robot. We should have stopped pollution, gone to Mars, reversed climate change. Instead, we have... none of that.Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Sci Fi, Kotakucore, Mars, Orwell, Papers, Please, Dont Feed The Monkeys, Do Not Feed The Monkeys


Could marijuana help the first Martians with anxiety?

The first human colonists on Mars are expected to endure intense amounts of stress while adapting to the planet.Their maintaining mental wellbeing is critical for successful colonization efforts.In a 2018 study, participants perceived a 58 percent reduction in anxiety and stress following cannabis use.Atop a plume of smoke, Yuri Gagarin blasted out of Earth's atmosphere on April 12, 1961. In doing so, the Russian cosmonaut became the first human to venture into that vast, cold realm that we dub ...
Tags: Space, Science, Australia, Marijuana, America, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Innovation, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Mars, Facetime, Yuri Gagarin, Red Planet, Washington State University


NASA’s first planetary defense mission will send a spacecraft crashing into an asteroid

The relentless march of technology is allowing scientists to consider the possibility of human exploration of the Solar System and beyond but, even as we dream of the day where man sets foot on Mars, we have to consider how we'll protect our home planet from major threats in the future. The possibility of an asteroid-borne apocalypse is a real one, and NASA wants to make sure mankind is prepared to defend itself from such events. To that end, NASA is already planning the first real planetar...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars


China moon mission: probe makes historic landing on far side of moon in important step for country's space programme

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first successful landing ever on the far side of the moon, a mission seen as an important step as the country looks to push forward its space programme.  The lunar explorer Chang'e 4 touched down at 10:26 am and relayed a photo of the "dark side" of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, the official China Central Television reported on Thursday. The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side - or the "d...
Tags: Science, Congress, China, Russia, US, Ap, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, United States, Mars, Donald Trump, Luna, Reuters, Soviet Union, Chang


China makes historic landing on far side of moon in important step for country's space programme

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first successful landing ever on the far side of the moon, a mission seen as an important step as the country looks to push forward its space programme.  The lunar explorer Chang'e 4 touched down at 10:26 am and relayed a photo of the "dark side" of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, the official China Central Television reported on Thursday. The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side - or the "d...
Tags: Science, Congress, China, Russia, US, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, United States, Mars, Donald Trump, Luna, Reuters, Soviet Union, Chang, China Central Television


China lunar mission: probe makes historic landing on far side of moon

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first successful landing ever on the far side of the moon, a mission seen as an important step as the country looks to push forward its space programme.  The lunar explorer Chang'e 4 touched down at 10:26 am and relayed a photo of the "dark side" of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, the official China Central Television reported on Thursday. The moon is tidally locked to Earth, rotating at the same rate that it orbits our planet, so the far side - or the "d...
Tags: Science, Congress, China, Russia, US, Ap, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, United States, Mars, Donald Trump, Luna, Reuters, Soviet Union, Chang


China's Chang-e'4 mission aims to land on Moon's far side

A Chinese spacecraft is attempting to make the first ever landing on the far side of the Moon on Thursday, in a milestone for space exploration. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) is preparing to land the robotic spacecraft in the South Pole-Aitken basin, the largest, oldest and deepest crater on the moon's surface. The probe, the Chang'e-4, entered a planned orbit on Sunday "to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon", Xinhua news agency said, cit...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, US, Earth, Moon, Surrey, Mars, Ucl, Chang, Xinhua, Andrew Coates, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, South Pole Aitken, Von Karman, China National Space Administration CNSA


Martian robot will explore the Red Planet with mind of its own

Scientists in the UK have finished testing a Martian robot that will make its own decisions about where it explores when it reaches the planet. The rover, using artificial intelligence to work out where to go and how to get there, will be able to drive up to a kilometre a day on the Red Planet. The software on the rover, developed by researchers at King's College London and aerospace company Airbus, will also make decisions about managing its resources. For example, it can shut down certain...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Earth, Esa, Morocco, Airbus, Mars, Wiltshire, Sahara Desert, Red Planet, Sherpa, Ergo, UK Space Agency, Catherine Mealing Jones, European Space Agency ESA Exomars


UK tests autonomous Martian robot

The UK has finished testing an autonomous Martian robot that will make its own decisions about where it explores when it reaches the planet. The rover, that uses artificial intelligence to work out where to go and how to get there, will be able to drive up to a kilometre a day by itself on the Red Planet. The software on the rover, developed by researchers at King's College London and aerospace company Airbus, will also make decisions about managing its resources. For example it can shut do...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Earth, Morocco, Airbus, Mars, Stevenage, Sahara Desert, UK Space Agency, Catherine Mealing Jones, UK SPACE AGENCY Airbus, European Space Agency ESA Exomars


Jet lag and personality clashes: the unexpected obstacles to colonising Mars 

Interplanetary 'jet lag' and personality clashes could be the biggest obstacles to colonising Mars, British space experts have warned. Although scientists are still stumped about how to protect astronauts against space radiation, or the physical effects of zero gravity during lengthy voyages, it may be more mundane concerns that hamper lengthy missions. Last week, experts met in London to consider the social and psychological hurdles to long-term spaceflight, and concluded that one maj...
Tags: Science, London, US, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Mohammed, Tim Peake, Antarctic, European Space Agency ESA, University of Exeter, British Antarctic Survey, Steven Palmer, Earth Mars, Federico Caprotti


Complete list of dates for every full moon in 2019

Stargazers should keep their eyes on the skies near the end of January for the first full moon of 2019, which is dubbed the Wolf Moon. This full moon will not only be a supermoon - meaning it appears bigger and brighter to the naked eye - but also coincides with a lunar eclipse in the UK. The spectacular sight, which will fall on January 21, is expected to peak in the UK in the early hours of the morning - which means stargazers will have to set their alarms to be able to catch a glimpse of the ...
Tags: Asia, UK, Science, London, US, America, Earth, Canada, Moon, Mars, Prince Of Wales, Houston, North America, Pluto, Daily Telegraph, Black


NASA gets ever-closer to its encounter with a distant world 1 billion miles past Puto

It's getting bigger. Last week, NASA released photos of the space exploration craft New Horizons gradually approaching an ancient, little-known object in deep space, called Ultima Thule.  Ultima orbits the sun one billion miles past Pluto, and NASA expects to swoop close to the far-off object soon after midnight, on January 1, 2019. It will be humanity's farthest-ever encounter with another world. "What will Ultima reveal? No one knows," Alan Stern, the NASA planetary scientist leading...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Pluto, Neptune, Times Square, Stern, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Ultima, Kuiper Belt Object, Puto, Ultima Thule Ultima, Stern Ultima, Ultima Thule Images of Ultima Thule


Watch a NASA astronaut relearn how to walk after nearly 200 days in space

It's only been about a week since three of the crew members aboard the International Space Station flew back down to Earth aboard Russia's Soyuz spacecraft. Their vehicle, which was the same one that sprung a leak on a component that was ultimately jettisoned before reentry, held up just fine and the trio made it back to Earth just fine. Astronaut Drew Feustel is no strange to space, and while he wasn't part of the crew that returned to Earth last week he knows all about the struggle...
Tags: Science, Russia, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, Feustel, Red Planet, Indira, Drew Feustel


Apollo astronaut thinks sending humans to Mars is ‘almost ridiculous’

Mars is the hottest topic in the space science world these days, with new rovers, orbiters, and landers finding out new and exciting things about the Red Planet with startling regularity. Multiple manned missions are already in their earliest stages, but not everyone is on board with the idea of sending humans to our most tempting planetary neighbor. In a new interview with BBC, former NASA astronaut and Apollo 8 lunar module pilot Bill Anders weighed in on the push to get mankind to Mars, and ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Bbc, Mars, Red Planet, Anders, Bill Anders


These Gorgeous Space Images Are Making People Want To Ice Skate On Mars

Stunning images from Mars have people across the internet wanting to strap on
Tags: Science, Mars


This Icy Crater Near Mars' North Pole Is a Winter Wonderland (Photos)

Images of an "ever-icy" Martian crater reveal a distant yet mesmerizing winter wonderland. 
Tags: Science, Mars


Uranus is weird and researchers think a giant collision caused it

Uranus has always been a bit of an oddball in our solar system and a new simulation presented by a group of researchers might explain why. Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, is a peculiar ice giant that is tilted at a 98-degree angle — while every other planet spins on a vertical axis in relation to its orbit, Uranus spins on a horizontal axis. Researchers suggest that this may have been caused by a massive collision. SEE ALSO: Moody photo from Mars shows a giant crater loaded with ice Jac...
Tags: Science, Mars, Durham University, Moody, Jacob Kegerreis, Kegerreis


The Mars InSight robot just placed its first instrument on Mars’ surface

NASA's Mars InSight mission is moving along at a rapid pace. After landing on the planet just a few weeks ago, InSight has spent its days observing its new living space and sending back photos of the ground surrounding it. NASA's InSight team has been practicing the tricky task of placing the robot's sensitive instruments on the surface. Now, with a couple of years of observation and data gathering ahead of it, the bot has successfully deployed the first of its sensor suite, and NAS...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Tom Hoffman


It's really hard to walk when you come back to Earth from space

No one said it was easy to adjust to life on Earth after living in space.  From your lack of spatial awareness to missing that bird's eye view from the International Space Station, astronauts come back home to solid ground and experience all kinds of symptoms as a result of long stays in space.  And according to a newly released video from NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, one of those symptoms is being unable to walk a straight line with your eyes closed.  Feustel posted the video to Twitter af...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Scott Kelly, Feustel, Drew Feustel



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