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First Private Space Flight To ISS Scheduled for February
2011-12-10 04:54:31

In February, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will become the first private company ever to launch an unmanned cargo flight to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA announced on Friday. According to Associated Press (AP) reports, the U.S. space administration announced a target date for the launch of the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule. The unmanned vehicle will carry a payload of supplies to the ISS, where it will dock with the space station in what MSNBC.com's Alan Boyle calls...

Astronomers Launch Online Database Of Habitable Planets
2011-12-06 05:02:07

Only 15 planets and 30 moons could potentially support alien life, according to a new online catalog of habitable planets launched by astronomers on Monday. The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog (HEC) website describes the project as "an online database for scientists, educators, and the general public focused on habitable exoplanets discoveries." "The catalog uses various habitability indices and classifications to identify, rank, and compare exoplanets, including their potential...

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2011-12-05 21:30:56

The database suggests over 15 exoplanets and 30 exomoons as potential habitable candidates Scientists are now starting to identify potential habitable exoplanets after nearly twenty years of the detection of the first planets around other stars. Over 700 exoplanets have been detected and confirmed with thousands more still waiting further confirmation by missions such as NASA Kepler. Most of these are gas giants, similar to Jupiter and Neptune, but orbiting very dangerously close to their...

Tiny Worms Could Hold Key To Living In Space
2011-11-30 09:14:58

Microscopic worms similar in biological makeup to human beings have returned from a successful space mission, proving for the first time that worms can survive in space. Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), a worm family that originated in a rubbish dump in Bristol, England, were sent into space to give researchers a better understanding of how humans can survive in space -- if ever comes the time when we have to flee our planet and start anew elsewhere in the heavens. University of...

First System For Assessing The Odds Of Alien Life Proposed
2011-11-21 09:11:24

Methodology could be used to catalogue newly discovered exoplanets, exomoons Within the next few years, the number of planets discovered in orbits around distant stars will likely reach several thousand or more. But even as our list of these newly discovered "exoplanets" grows ever-longer, the search for life beyond our solar system will likely focus much more narrowly on the relatively few of these new worlds which exhibit the most Earth-like of conditions. For much of the scientific...

NASA May Develop Fueling Station In Space
2011-10-24 11:29:11

The New York Times reported on Saturday that NASA is considering plans to place fuel stations in space for spacecraft to fill back up before heading to the moon or Mars. The report said engineers will meet at NASA headquarters in Washington next month to discuss how propellant depots, as NASA calls it, could be used to reach farther into space. The Times said NASA performed study of propellant depots, which found that the budget needed for the project from 2012 through 2030 would be $60...

Russian Wants To Build Colony On The Moon
2011-10-19 10:38:57

A Russian cosmonaut said on Tuesday that it may be setting up a colony in volcanic tunnels on the moon. The cosmonaut said the discovery of volcanic tunnels on the moon could provide a natural shelter for the first lunar colony. "This new discovery that the moon may be a rather porous body could significantly alter our approach to founding lunar bases," Sergei Krikalyov, who heads Russia's Star City cosmonaut training center outside Moscow, said at a press event. "If it turns out that...


Latest Space colonization Reference Libraries

Ad Astra
2012-05-07 07:06:15

Ad Astra is a quarterly-published journal of the National Space Society (NSS). The name “ad astra” means “to the stars.” The journal was established following the merger of the L5 Society and the National Space Institute, which formed the NSS in 1987. The NSS is a non-profit aerospace advocacy and educational institution based in Washington DC. On November 28, 2007, the NSS announced MM Publishing Inc. as the newest publisher of Ad Astra. MM Publishing officially took on the role...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.