NASA turns to Rocky to keep astronauts fit in deep space

Let’s just say right up front that no, Sylvester Stallone will not be a permanent fixture on future space missions, nor will his silver screen boxing persona be making any trips to Mars in the near future. Rocky — short for Resistive Overload Combined with Kinetic Yo-Yo — is the name of the exercise equipment … Read more

Twenty Products Born From Space Travel

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Space travel and space exploration is more than just studying the worlds beyond our world, it’s also responsible for providing many inventions we use today. NASA, and other space agencies, frequently conduct experiments in space which are sometimes intentional in testing an idea and sometimes their experiments lead to an accidental innovation. Conducting research and … Read more

Stephen Hawking: Science & Tech Could Soon Wipe Out Human Race

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That’s right, according to world renowned physicist/scientist Stephen Hawking, science & tech could wipe out the human race in the next 100 years. But it’s not all doom and gloom as many of the headlines and stories want you to believe. Hawking does hold out hope that the more intelligent and peace loving of the … Read more

NASA Shares Images Of Pluto Jimi Hendrix Would Be Proud Of

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NASA has shared images of Pluto that guitar god Jimi Hendrix would have been proud of. The dwarf planet appears to be wrapped in a huge psychedelic tie dye swatch making it look like something out of the 60’s. The image was created to highlight the planets different terrains and attributes. Much has been learned … Read more

Houston Partners With NASA On Future Spaceport

We aren’t quite to the point where commercial spaceports are completely necessary for human travel or shipping cargo, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t sites squared away for the inevitable future when commercial spaceports will be necessary. There are, in fact, currently 10 chosen locations where commercial spaceports can or will be built, with … Read more

New Data From Kepler Space Telescope Finds Possible ‘Alien Megastructure’

Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that’s been asked for centuries. One that may have just gotten an answer thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope. According to a report, it’s claimed that NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has apparently caught a glimpse of an “alien megastructure.” Apparently, the telescope that regularly scans distant stars … Read more

Google Lunar XPRIZE Team From Israel First To Secure Launch Agreement

Even though Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition has been going on for nearly a decade, we’ve just now found the first legitimate contender to take home part of the $30 million USD prize. An Israeli non-profit, SpaceIL, today has come one step closer to the Lunar XPRIZE and has secured a launch agreement with Spaceflight Industries to deliver their … Read more

Project Apollo Archive Puts 9,000+ Apollo Astronaut Images On Flickr

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Space and photography fans rejoice! Kipp Teague, creator of the Project Apollo Archive back in 1999 has uploaded over 8,400 high-resolution photos taken by Apollo astronauts to Flickr. The images are new, unprocessed versions of original NASA photo scans of the various Apollo missions. According to Teague, every photo taken on the lunar surface by astronauts is … Read more

NASA Confirms Flowing Water On Mars; Stops Short Of Confirming Life On The Red Planet

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In case you missed it, NASA announced a pretty significant discovery regarding Mars this morning. Now I’m no scientist, and I don’t pretend to understand all of this, but the fact that NASA confirmed the existence of flowing water on Mars is pretty dang cool. Using an imaging spectrometer on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), NASA … Read more

DARPA Wants To Build An Automated Spaceport Run By Robots

Space is awesome. Most of us get excited to watch rocket launches, satellite imagery, and even the thought of manned missions to places like Mars get people’s hearts racing. As we become a space-faring civilization, there will be challenges in getting off of the only planet we’ve ever known. Namely getting off of the only … Read more

This Video Of The Grand Canyon From The Stratosphere Is… Grand

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A group of friends decided to strap a GoPro to a weather balloon to see what happens, well, nothing happened for two years. Back in 2013 the friends got together to work on the project. After months of planning they almost scrapped it due to costs. Once that was figured out they went ahead with … Read more

Boeing Opens Starliner Spacecraft Assembly Warehouse

This past Friday, September 4th, Boeing opened a warehouse in Florida that will assemble the Starliner – Boeing’s new spacecraft which will shuttle people to and from the International Space Station. The hanger was not a new build, but a renovation of the old space shuttle hangar at the Kennedy Space Center. The hangar doors have … Read more

The International Space Station Receives A Resupply Along With Mice And Alcohol

International indeed, the International Space Station just received a resupply from Japan. The HTV-5 or H-II Transfer Vehicle docked at the International Space Station early this morning to deliver a number of items, mainly food and other necessities. But among the more interesting items were a number of alcoholic beverages, mice, and a high definition … Read more

Patent Awarded For New Space Elevator Design

While not a new idea by any means – the first “space elevator” was proposed by a Russian scientist back in 1895 – space elevators remain a mere thought in the imagination of most scientists. A Canadian company, however, was recently awarded a patent on their design for a space elevator that would stretch up to … Read more

NASA Developing Vegetable Patch for Space

NASA announced today that it is developing a vegetable garden designed for longer space missions and give space stations the ability to grow salad foods in space. The project is colloquially named “The Veggie” but is also aptly referred to as the Vegetable Production System. [The Veggie] is a deployable plant growth unit capable of producing salad-type crops … Read more

ISS Astronauts Capture Unique Fluid Behavior In 4K Resolution

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Remember back in the days when we switched our TV’s from VHF to UHF? The UHF channels always seemed to be just a little bit clearer and with more quality. These days we’re so beyond UHF it’s silly. Some thought 1080p full HD was the pinnacle of television resolution but technology keeps on giving, enter … Read more

Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit To Be Restored By A Kickstarter Campaign

We have all heard the name Neil Armstrong, the first man to take step on the moon back on July 20th, 1969 from the Apollo 11 mission. Well, a Kickstarter campaign started by the National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution is in the processes of restoring Mr. Armstrong’s spacesuit by conserving it, digitizing it, … Read more

Stephen Hawking, $100 Million Reward For Finding Alien Life

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Like a scene out of a science fiction movie Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner took to the stage in London Monday for a press conference announcing project Breakthrough Listen. The project is offering up a $100 million dollar reward to whomever can find alien life. “We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth,” Hawking said … Read more

Coming Soon: Pictures Of Pluto

At 3 billion miles away, and at about two-thirds the size of our moon, there’s never been really good pictures of Pluto taken before. Even with the Hubble telescope, Pluto usually ends up looking like a pixelated orb. Scientists are hoping all that changes within a few weeks though, as a spacecraft launched in January … Read more

“Forever Remembered” – A Tribute To Challenger And Columbia

Though it happened nearly 30 years ago, I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. I was in first grade, and our principal came in and talked to us about the space shuttle Challenger disaster that had just taken place. Though I was young, that day impacted me because I was really into the space … Read more

Airbus Unveils Adeline, Their Answer To SpaceX And Reusable Rockets

SpaceX has been capturing headlines all over the place (including here on Techaeris) with their attempts at reusing the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket. The idea is to lower the cost of space launches by reusing at least parts of the rockets needed to launch people/experiments/etc. into orbit. It seems that SpaceX isn’t … Read more

NASA Exploring Algae For Oxygen Supply On Mars

The mankind-on-Mars conversation has been going on for some time, but only recently has it begun to be scientifically feasible. Technological accelerations are taking NASA, and other space programs such as SpaceX, closer and closer to making the conversation and fantasy a reality by developing methods for not only getting humans to the big red planet, … Read more

SpaceX Launching ISS Supply Run, Booster Landing Attempt Today

Weather permitting, SpaceX will send just over two tons of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) this afternoon. The launch will be their sixth of twelve currently contracted re-supply missions for NASA. The launch is scheduled for 4:33 pm (EST), and estimates show a 60% chance of the weather cooperating. If the launch is … Read more

International Space Station News: Year-Long Stays And Visiting Singers

The International Space Station (ISS) is a bastion for scientific discovery.  Astronauts aboard the ISS generally perform upwards of 200 experiments in their six month stays.  Now, a pair of Astronauts will not only perform experiments on the ISS, they will also be part of several experiments.  Astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos’ Mikhail Kornienko will spend … Read more

World’s Most Powerful Camera For The LSST Gets DOE Funding

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You think you’re pretty cool with your 13 or even 20-megapixel cameras on your smartphones – and those DSLR guys with their HDR shots, don’t get me started. Well, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has both of them beat in getting DOE approval for the world’s most powerful camera. A 3,200-megapixel  beast meant to look deep into space … Read more