Category Archives: Space Travel

Interplanetary Mission Fission

July 13, 2014 – Interplanetary mission fission: Pictured above, artist’s conception of a spacecraft (lower left) held at a safe distance from its nuclear power source. Scientists and engineers from Los Alamos, NASA, and National Security Technologies, LLC, have successfully … Continue reading

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First “Habitable Zone” Planet is Discovered!

February 27, 2013 – First “Habitable Zone” Planet Discovered: The diagram above compares our own solar system to Kepler-22, a star system containing the first “habitable zone” planet discovered by astronomers. The habitable zone is the “sweet spot” around a … Continue reading

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A Starship Without an Engine!

February 24, 2013 – A starship without an engine: It may seem a fantastical notion, but hardly more so than the idea of building a starship of any kind. The space program needs a dream. If there are no dreamers, … Continue reading

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Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiositys Seven Minutes of Terror – YouTube

July 11, 2012 – Seven Minutes of Terror:  A dramatic YouTube video has just been released by NASA, depicting the landing of the new Mars rover on the “Red Planet.”  Pictured above, Olympus Mons, a giant volcanic mountain, is 22 … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of Riches, and Travelers’ Supplies, in the Asteroid Belt – NYTimes.com

April 24, 2010 – Planetary Resources Inc. to Mine Asteroids:  On Tuesday, a new company called Planetary Resources Inc. will unveil its plans to mine asteroids that zip close by Earth, both to provide supplies for future interplanetary travelers and … Continue reading

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First Earth Sized Planet Discovered Outside our Solar System.

December 21, 2012 – First Earth Sized Planet Discovered Outside our Solar System: NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to … Continue reading

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