Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO, unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico today, which combines the most powerful rocket ever built with a spaceship designed to carry at least 100-people to Mars per flight. The reusable ITS design aims to help humanity establish a permanent, self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet within the next 50-100 years. "What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible - make it seem as though it's something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go," said Musk. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for new images of Mars captured by NASA spacecraft.
Congress has just passed a bill that gives NASA a $19.5-billion budget to send a manned crew to Mars, but under one condition...it must happen within the next 25 years. "In order to maximize the cost-effectiveness of the long-term exploration and utilization activities of the United States, the Administrator shall take all necessary steps, including engaging international academic, and industry partners to ensure the activities in the Administration's human exploration program balance how those activities might also help meet the requirement of future exploration and utilization activities leading to human habitation on the surface of Mars," states the bill. Continue reading for another video on the colonization of Mars and more information.
Elon Musk has big plans for his space ventures, and it includes sending humans to the Red Planet. He announced, at Code Conference 2016 in California: "I think, if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025. The basic game plan is we're going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards. They occur approximately every 26 months. We're establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on for cargo." Both cargo and humans will be sent by an Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), formerly known as Mars Cargo Transporter (MCT). Continue reading for another video on Mars. Click here for new images of the planet captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
NASA's Curiosity Mars has captured new images of Maris, the 'Murray Buttes' region to be more specific. "Curiosity's science team has been just thrilled to go on this road trip through a bit of the American desert Southwest on Mars. Studying these buttes up close has given us a better understanding of ancient sand dunes that formed and were buried, chemically changed by groundwater, exhumed and eroded to form the landscape that we see today," said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the massive ProDrone, which can pick up entire fences.
NASA has managed to capture a "voiceprint" of what Jupiter's auroras would sound like following Juno's maiden voyage around the giant gas planet. During this flyby, the spacecraft's waves instrument received radio signals associated with the giant planet's intense auroras. "The signals have been shifted into the audio frequency range and are displayed in a format similar to a voiceprint, showing intensity of waves as a function of frequency and time," reports the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Click here for a few bonus images of Jupiter's auroras. Continue reading for another video of what Jupiter sounds like, recording during an earlier mission.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 exploded into flames at the Cape Canaveral launch pad during a routine check earlier this week, carrying a $200-million Facebook satellite, and while Elon Musk said it was an issue with the upper stage oxygen tank, nothing has been confirmed. However, conspiracy theorists are carefully examining the footage, and claim that the rocket could possibly have been hit by a UFO. "I am pretty sure this is not the first time they hit us. I saw another rocket in flight (right after lift off), being destroyed by a saucer. I guess these rockets look too much like ICBMs with a big fat bomb attached to the tip! The Aliens are trying to put an end to nuclear missiles and war," said YouTube user "UFO Hunter". Continue reading for the shortened launch video.
A mysterious signal, which appeared to come from the star HD 164595, a sun-like star located roughly 95 light-years from Earth, was detected on May 15, 2015 by a radio telescope operated by the Russian Academy of Science. The system has only one known planet: a warm gaseous Neptune-like planet that orbits its star in 40-days - the star could have other rocky planets as well. SETI researchers claim that such a bright signal might have been produced by a radio beacon built by an intelligent Type II civilization. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Astronomers have just discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting the closest star to our own: Proxima Centauri. It's been named "Proxima b," and is located 4.25-light-years from Earth. The planet itself is at least 30% larger than Earth and orbits the star at a distance of 7.3-million kilometers - less than 5% of the distance between Earth and the sun - making its year last 11.2 Earth days. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Could Earth have rings? Certainly, especially if a small moon were to get hit by an asteroid or comet, shattering it, thus impacting Earth itself to create rings. We know that Saturn's rings are made of ice, the Earth's distance from the Sun, small ice particles would quickly be destroyed by sunlight. So, Earthrings would probably be made of rock, and as illustrator Kevin Gill shows, they would look different if you were seeing sunlight reflected off them versus seeing the Sun through them. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
This is not a futuristic space station, or the scene from an upcoming movie, but rather the "Space Suite" at the Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel in Switzerland. Designed by German artist Michael Najjar, you'll find plenty of geeky touches, such as color-reverse prints from the Hubble space telescope, rocket-inspired ceiling light, and a minimalist theme, with touches of space foil on the furniture. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.