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Lincoln on Mars

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech I’ve been waiting for NASA’s rover Curiosity to land safely so I can tell you that we now have Lincoln on Mars. Yes, Abraham Lincoln on the Red Planet. The penny, a 1909 [...]

Is the Earth Getting Lighter?

Taking into account human spacecraft going up and cloaked alien ships coming down, is the Earth gaining or losing mass? The BBC asked Cambridge University scientists to account for all of the material leaving and arriving on Earth and in its atmosphere: But overall, Dr Smith has calculated that the Earth – including the sea and [...]

Hubble Space Telescope Sees a Gravitationally Lensed Quasar

Photo: NASA, ESA and J.A. Muñoz (University of Valencia) You’re looking at a picture of a quasar that’s beeing sucked into a black hole, taken by the Hubble Space telescope. ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope [...]

NASA Considers Lander with Skateboard Feet

Well, no. Although it does look like NASA is improvising in the light of a thriftier budget. What’s actually happening is that engineers put a model lander on modified skateboards to move it around during testing: The lander prototype was placed on modified skateboards and a customized track system as a low-cost solution to control movement [...]

Woman Claims to Own the Sun

Angeles Duran, a woman from Spain, has laid claim to the Sun. She argues that there’s no international law to prevent her action: Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon [...]

View from the International Space Station

This excellent image captured by NASA shows astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson gazing out of a window on the International Space Station. It was taken last September. Dyson, a chemist, went into orbit on April 2, 2010 and remained on the station for 174 days. Link via DVICE | Photo: NASA

10 Years of the International Space Station

This week will mark the tenth anniversary of continuous human habitation onboard the International Space Station: More than 200 orbiting explorers have visited the space complex; 15 nations have contributed to the missions, providing modules and hardware; and more than 600 experiments have been carried out on board. Link via Gizmodo | Photo: NASA

Could Retired Space Shuttles Be Used as Space Stations?

When the space shuttle program shuts down, the orbiters will be sent to museums. Would it be more cost-effective to recycle them as space stations? Bjorn Carey of Popular Science says no. First, shuttles only carry about 14 days worth of power. But a larger problem would be refitting them so that they’d be habitable [...]

Human Procreation in Space Could Be Dangerous

You may want to reconsider getting pregnant (or impregnating someone) while in space. Low or zero gravity may impair the development of healthy embryos: Microgravity apparently tampers with stem cells, which all other cells originate from. Stem cells normally act as a repair system for the body by replenishing its tissues.[...] After this experiment, the cells showed [...]

Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Seed the Universe with Life?

Photo: NASA Michael Mautner of Virginia Commonwealth University says that part of the human condition we enjoy is a responsibility to ensure life continues after our home, Earth, dies. It will happen, someday. And panspermia missions now will fulfill our moral obligation to see that life on other planets gets a fair chance, even if we [...]