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Space Exploration Goes Solar

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Japanese "solar sail" propelled by the sun.

Now, this is getting space-agey. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency says it has put solar panels on a spacecraft, which not only create power but they actively propel and maneuver it through space. The "Ikaros" solar sail absorbs photons from the sun that put pressure onto the solar sails reflective panels and propel the 700 pound craft. Ikaros is bound for an orbit around......read more

Earth as Art 3

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Psychedelic satellite pics of planet earth.

The space nerds at NASA Goddard Center are all up on the social media. These mind-expanding satellite photos were pulled (and cropped, sorry!) from NASA Goddard's Flickr stream, from a set called Earth as Art 3. Amazing images! Imagine having a backlit C-print of one of these, blown out huge on your wall. Whoa.   More NASA Goddard social media action can be had on Twitter and......read more

Billionaire-Backed Company Unveils Asteroid Mining Plans

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Planetary Resources looks to expand our resource base to include the solar system

In a press release that reads like sci-fi writing, a startup called Planetary Resources announced plans to identify, explore, tag, and finally mine asteroids for materials ranging from precious metals to water. The audacious venture is an attempt to locate and exploit a sustainable resource supply for  Earth's ever-growing population. "Many of the scarce metals and minerals on Earth are in......read more

Star Trails by Don Pettit

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NASA astronaut depicts the final frontier in suuuuper slow motion

These stunning space photos started circulating around the web back in the summer, but I guess we were too busy having a great time to notice. The images were shot in spring 2012 by NASA astronaut Don Pettit, who was on a mission aboard the International Space Center. Shot at long exposures from 240 miles up in space, the photos show the paths made by stars and earth lights......read more

How Our Spaces Shape Our Thoughts

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For the sake of your relationships, be careful where you sit

A recent study out of the University of Waterloo, in Canada, confirms our suspicions that our emotional states are strongly influenced by our surroundings. Sure as awe-inducing vistas can inspire creative thought, so too can environments that are less peachy provoke similar feelings. In this particular experiment, individuals who sat at a wobbly chair and table predicted that celebrity......read more

Chris Hadfield's Greatest Aerial Hits

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Stunning photos of Earth from space by the Canadian astronaut

During his five months onboard the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield became a social media sensation, gaining nearly one million Twitter followers thanks to his regular posts. Among them were many amazing photos of Earth from space, from which we've pulled a few of our favorites. Check them out, alongside Hadfield's witty quips. Photos, left to right: 1. I'm used to rivers......read more

Mindblowing Images of Earth from Space

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Satellite images from the European Space Agency that just might melt your brain

If you know us at all, you know that we love us some satellite images of Earth (see here, here, or here for proof). There's nothing quite as humbling or mesmerizing as views of Earth as they appear from space. The ESA archive contains thousands of snapshots from the European Space Agency's satellites, with various sensors and cameras capturing myriad facets of the planet through different......read more

You Are Here: Photos by Chris Hadfield

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Astronaut publishes book of awe-inspiring space photography

Chris Hadfield has added published photographer to an already impressive list of credentials that includes engineer, astronaut and YouTube sensation. In his new book, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, he shares his personal snaps of planet Earth shot while living aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The book’s 150 stunning images are all new to the public (Hadfield's......read more

NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

Solar Power From Space?

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Japanese government plans to capture solar energy in space and send it to Earth via laser or microwave by 2030.

The Japanese government recently chose a group of companies and research teams who are assigned to achieve this ambition, a dream worth billions of dollars, to produce clean energy in an unlimited amount in the next few decades. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) hopes that the ambitious plans will help ease the country’s energy problems as well as provide a solution for global......read more

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