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The next frontier in human space exploration is Mars, the red planet—and human habitation of this world isn’t much farther off. NASA has declared Mars “an achievable goal” for its human spaceflight program. Other nations are also eyeing the Red Planet, perhaps hastening the day of a global undertaking to plant human footprints on that […]

Efforts called off to fully-deploy Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) from the ISS. Credit: NASA

Efforts were called off today to fully deploy the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) from the International Space Station. The wave-off came after several hours of attempts to introduce air into the module. Flight controllers informed NASA astronaut Jeff Williams that BEAM had only expanded a few inches in both length and diameter at the […]

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What’s the real right stuff needed to overcome the practical physical and psychological challenges astronauts will face on a protracted voyage to—and their stay on—the planet Mars? That question and others were addressed today at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. Panel discussion The May 24th event involved panelists: Catherine “Cady” Coleman, Astronaut, […]

Astronaut investigates the boulder captured from an asteroid. Shown is an astronaut, anchored to a foot restraint, preparing to investigate the asteroid boulder. Credit: NASA

  The highly informative has a suite of new postings that are headline eye-catchers: House Appropriators Urge FAA to Facilitate Private Lunar Development House Appropriators Reject Asteroid Redirect Mission, Want Astronauts on Moon House Appropriators Have Big Plans for NASA     Lunar, asteroid, Europa, interstellar Marcia Smith, founder and editor of, notes: […]

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  An experimental winged vehicle has been successfully flight tested by India. The May 23rd flight of India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) flew from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. An HS9 solid rocket booster was topped by the RLV-TD. The suborbital flight saw the unpiloted winged craft reach a […]

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There’s a new sky-high idea floating about concerning the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. Perhaps the opening ceremony in that 2020 event will feature “Sky Canvas” – artificial shooting stars launched from a satellite.   Lab setting The shooting stars on demand idea stems from Tokyo-based ALE Co., Ltd. “In a laboratory setting, […]

Curiosity Navcam Left B image taken on Sol 1347, May 20, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is now in Sol 1348. The robot continues to measure the variations in silica abundance around large fractures, poking around in what’s been called “Fracture Town”. Opposition party BTW: Here’s how to visually celebrate Mars opposition on Sunday, May 22nd: New Map A new map shows the route driven by […]

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  A U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space Hearing — “Next Steps to Mars: Deep Space Habitats” — took place on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Witnesses at the hearing included Andy Weir, Author of The Martian, joined by a NASA spokesman and key commercial space players from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Orbital ATK.   […]

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Lockheed Martin has launched its campaign to establish a “Mars Base Camp” – a vision for sending humans to Mars by 2028. The Mars Base Camp concept is to transport astronauts from Earth to a Mars-orbiting science laboratory where they can perform real-time scientific exploration, analyze Martian rock and soil samples, and confirm the ideal […]

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For all you future settlers of Mars, a new technical report is now available to plan your stay on the Red Planet. The technical paper, Frontier In-Situ Resource Utilization for Enabling Sustained Human Presence on Mars, has been written by Robert Moses and Dennis Bushnell of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Massive resources […]