Space Archive

Defining the Edge of Space: Voyager 1 Reshapes the Edge of the Solar System

Alison K. Lanier Three months after “Star Wars: A New Hope” appeared in theaters, Voyager 1 was launched from Earth. Thirty-eight years later, the New York Times reported that the craft is finally approaching what is commonly thought of as the edge of the known solar system. Traveling at 124 astronomical units from Earth or [&hellip

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Is a “Spacecation” Right for You? Vacations in Outer Space

Heather Atkinson Are you unsure of where to go the next time you pack your bags and take a vacation? Have you traveled the world and are looking for something new? Maybe you want to participate in something very few people have ever been privileged enough to experience. In the not-too-distant past, space exploration was [&hellip

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Asteroid Mining Company Plans to Mine for Metals and Help with Deep Space Travel

By Bobby Miller On April 24, a little company called Planetary Resources unveiled a big plan that, if successful, can profoundly affect the world’s economy, solve water shortage issues and make travel into deep space possible. It plans to mine near-Earth asteroids for their platinum, iron, nickel and sulfur, possibly adding trillions of U.S. dollars [&hellip

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Mars Curiosity Rover: Catch Up On What’s Happened With The Mars Science Laboratory

By Beatty Jamieson The web has been going crazy about NASA’s most ambitious Mars mission since their launch of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Mars rover. Now, after a successful landing, the web is again exploding with articles and questions about the mission. For anyone wanting to catch up, here are some factual tidbits and resources [&hellip

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Turn and Burn: Space X and the quest for the reusable rocket

By Allan Harris & Corey Conley In December 2010, Space X became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft, but now they want to push the envelope even further by creating a reusable rocket. The December launch represented just the latest in a string of milestones never achieved by a [&hellip

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Curious By Design: The Curiosity Mars Rover Preps for Liftoff

Click here to Catchup on Curiosity’s mission now that it’s landed! By Marisa Mazart We Earthlings are endlessly fascinated by Mars and that curiosity has driven the development of the Mars Curiosity Rover. Over the past few decades we have hurled all manner of probes and whirring robots at its dessicated surface, looking for clues to [&hellip

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