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New Space

The race among leading contenders to build commercial spaceships to carry astronauts to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station and beyond

New World Order

Could India Beat China To Mars?

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) could become the fourth national space agency -- after the US', the European Union's, and Russia's -- to successfully send a probe to Mars. Scheduled to launch in the next few weeks, the unmanned Mangalyaan orbiter will ...

Earth and Beyond

Finding E.T. Using Self-Replicating Probes

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A paper recently accepted for publication in Acta Astronautica proposes that, rather than use radio dishes to listen for possible signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, scientists and engineers begin work on a network of probes that could replicate themselves ...

Earth and Beyond

First-Ever Exoplanet Cloud Map Created

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? After reviewing three years' worth of images from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes, an international team of astronomers led by MIT's Brice-Olivier Demory has created the first-ever cloud map of a planet outside our solar system. That planet, Kepler-7b ...

Earth and Beyond

Confirmed: There's Water On Mars

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A sample of Martian topsoil scooped by NASA's Curiosity rover last year and put into its onboard chemical laboratory has been found to contain water in quantities totaling two percent of its composition. The lab, named Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM), used several ...