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SPACE CLEAN-UP

Five decades worth of space junk (amounting to around 100 million pieces of steel and aluminium waste of various sizes) are in orbit around our globe, In a huge experimental effort, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently attempted to…

INFLATABLES ON VENUS

A research project to send astronauts to Venus has been unveiled by NASA. The project involves ‘lighter-than-air’ pods that accommodate explorers as they hover above the clouds. The NASA website shows a movie depicting a conceptual design that uses inflatable…

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HELIUM 3

Helium-3 is a very rare gas that could potentially help solve our planet’s energy crisis. It’s an extremely rare gas on Earth as our Earth’s magnetic field normally does an efficient job at pushing it away. Lunar mining, an artist’s…

Dyson Spheres

A group of American astronomers from Penn State are searching for alien ‘solar power stations’  commonly known as Dyson spheres (huge energy structures built to surround a star). It has been theorized that all Life eventually increases energy demands that…

LightSail Solar Sail

The Planetary Society’s LightSail craft, is helping to test solar sail technology. Its recent launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was not without problems! Two days after launch, LightSail went off-line due to a software glitch. Then…

FUTURE TRANSPORT – Boeing

Boeing has released avante-garde designs for a next-generation space capsule. The designs are a projection of future ‘Commercial Space travel’. Alongside its astronauts in space, Boeing is now aiming to place 1% of civilians. Therefore, space-cabins are now being designed…

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SKINS FOR EXPLORING

New types of space-suits acting as ‘second-skins’ are being developed. They use advanced materials and supportive patterning to exert the necessary pressure on the skin especially at knees, elbows, and finger joints.   Additional sensors are also being added with…

EXTENDING THE MARS ROVER

The Mars ROVER’s multi-panel solar array is able to absorb sunlight to power its mission. However, solar power limits what the ROVER can explore as it must land and travel where it can get enough sunlight to re-energize batteries. For…

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3D Printed Moonbase

Foster & Partners has revealed its designs for a 3D-printed moon base made from lunar soil. Following an invitation from the European Space Agency, the practice, has developed a multi-dome base being constructed of ‘cantenary’ domes with cellular structured walls…