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Chinese scientists will grow potatoes on the Moon by 2018.by Chris Parbey Jnr
Now, in China, a potato astronaut will be the country’s first living organism to land on the Moon. The mini-ecosphere will also allow for natural light to reach the potato astronaut and assist its growth.
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Promising The Moonby Alex Gabriel
I would like to take a moment to critique a certain strain of futurology.
There seems to be this thing where people imagine something that would look really cool, and predict that if we work hard on it for fifty years, we’ll be able to pull it off. And then fifty years later, when barely any work has been done on it at all, they start looking for someone to blame.
Missions to Mars. Lunar colonies. Giant floating solar power satellites. Undersea domes. Ten mile high arcologies. Humanoid robots.
Whereas real technology doesn’t advance by heading in the direction of something that looks cool, unless some government or tycoon is throwing lots of money in the direction of coolness. Real technology hill-climbs towards things that are useful and profitable.
Why haven’t we colonized space yet? For the same reason we haven’t colonized Antarctica. It’s very cold and not a lot of fun and if you go outside you die.
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Webb Space Telescope That ‘Ate Astronomy’ Is on Track to Surpass Hubbleby Anant Jain
Seven times larger than the Hubble in light-gathering ability, the Webb was designed to see farther out in space and deeper into the past of the universe. It may solve mysteries about how and when the first stars and galaxies emerged some 13 billion years ago in the smoky aftermath of the Big Bang.
More in this really well done NYT article on the upcoming Webb Space Telescope.
PS : Check out the unfolding video as well.
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SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful launch and landing of a used rocketby Anant Jain
SpaceX has been working to make its rockets partially reusable since as early as 2011. Up until now, practically all orbital rockets have been expendable, so they’re basically thrown away once they launch into space. That means an entirely new rocket — which can cost tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to make — has to be built for each mission to orbit.
SpaceX’s strategy has been to land its rockets after launch in an effort to fly them again and again. That way the company can partially save on manufacturing costs for each mission.
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Paul Allen showed off his new rocket-launching plane today, and it’s BIGby Anant Jain
The aircraft has 385-foot wingspan and, powered by six Pratt & Whitney engines used on Boeing 747 aircraft, has a maximum takeoff weight of 1.3 million pounds.
The Stratolaunch's wingspan is the largest in history, blowing away the previous record-holder (Howard...
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Making Humans a Multiplanetary Speciesby Anant Jain
What do you think of Elon Musk's keynote today on SpaceX's new Interplanetary Transport System?