The moon, shown here in a 1992 image captured by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, is set to get its own mobile phone network.
Choosing the spot where your remains will live for eternity is a tough one, especially because there is no changing your mind once it’s said and done. For those looking for a really spectacular way to spend $12,000 that isn’t a lavish funeral on Earth, the San Francisco-based Elysium Space has you covered, offering to shoot your ashes into space or even onto the surface of the moon. Continue reading… “12,000 dollar Moon funeral”
How much would it cost to establish a space base on the Moon or an asteroid? Universe Today spoke with Philip Metzger, a former senior research physicist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, who has explored this subject extensively on his website and in published papers.
An asteroid belt around the bright star Vega.
Should you be getting your facts about space from Hollywood? Probably not. Here are ten myths about space you should stop believing.
Bigelow Aerospace plan to build bases on the moon.
One day, a rocket carrying more than a dozen privately built probes touches down on the moon. The robots burst from the vehicle in a race to beam back high-definition video and other data while roving the surface of Earth’s nearest natural satellite. The people of Earth watch a broadcast of the race as the rovers roam (or stall) in the lunar dust. (Videos)
By the end of 2019, Liftport has the goal establish an operational Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure using:
- Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Technology
- “Sputnik-like Simplicity”
- A Single Launch Solution
Below the surface there exist deposits of water, rare minerals, and other substances not so common here on Earth.
Instead of NASA resupplying the International Space Station, private corporations have taken on that job. Mars One has just as good a chance as NASA does at establishing a permanent colony on Mars. Even the Moon, which has for so long been NASA’s claim to fame, is now being offered up on a silver NASA-backed platter.
NASA is taking steps that could lead to colonization of other planets.
NASA is working on plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. It is vital that we find a way of extracting these vital gases and liquids from moons and planets if we ever want to colonize other planets, rather than transporting them from Earth (which is prohibitively expensive, due to Earth’s gravity). The current plan is to land a rover on the Moon in 2018 that will try to extract hydrogen, water, and oxygen — and then hopefully, Curiosity’s successor will try to convert the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen in 2020 when it lands on Mars.
The Japanese architectural and engineering firm, Shimizu, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves, which are converted into electricity at ground stations.
Buzz Aldrin was the second person to walk on the Moon in 1969.
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969, it appeared as though mankind was on the verge of a new age of space exploration. After all, if the moon could be conquered, what could prevent us traveling to other planets, even to other solar systems?
The European Space Agency wants to 3-D print a moon base. But one of the biggest challenges would be the expense (in terms of energy) to get supplies off of Earth. One way is to send as little as possible to the Moon. Couldn’t we just make a moon base out of rock? After all, the moon is already made of rocks. (Pics)
One of the biggest conspiracy theories of all time is that, in 1969, NASA did not actually land on the moon. Many different breakdowns of the photo and video footage have been used to make this point (think: flag waving, missing stars, etc), leading most conspiracy theorists to argue that the great Stanley Kubrick actually filmed the moon landing in a television studio.