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Elon Musk’s Tweet About Rockets On A Car Is The Same Idea I Had Six Years Ago

Come on, Elon, try to keep up. I know you’re busy running all those companies and spending some quality Grimes-times, but if you took a minute or two to do a quick Google search, you’d have noticed that I wrote about incorporating small rockets into a car just like you proposed in your tweet. This was back in 2012! I…

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Moon-Walking Astronaut And Painter Alan Bean Dies At 86

There are few things more awe-inspiring than the moon landings of the 1960s, even to this day. Today, we’d like to celebrate the life of Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, who has passed away peacefully in Houston on May 26, 2018.

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Inflatable Space Modules Are Older Than You Think

Just a couple of days ago, the first inflatable space station module was attached and successfully inflated on the International Space Station. It’s called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which sounds a little like the place where astronauts will play kickball, but it’s really a bold experiment about the future of space habitats. Surprisingly, it’s not the first inflatable module to go into space or even house a human.

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Here’s The Beautiful New England Fireball You Missed

Around midnight on Monday, a dazzling astrological phenomenon literally called a “fireball” ripped across the sky over New England. Cameras at Burlington, Vermont’s little international airport caught the best views of it I’ve seen anywhere.

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How The ‘Impossible’ Space Drive Engine May Work

A while back, I wrote about a very exciting if baffling new space propulsion system: the EmDrive. It’s a space propulsion system that doesn’t appear to use any propellant, maybe violates the known laws of physics, but somehow seems—according to a number of tests—to actually work. Physicist M.E. McCulloch released a possible explanation, but it just brings up more questions.

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All The Surprisingly True Stuff In The ‘Lost-In-Space Nigerian’ Scam


In the past few days, the whole proudly too-smart-for-this-bullshit web community has been chuckling at the latest Nigerian 419 scam, this one substituting the iconic prince for a lost cosmonaut. Interestingly, though, the scam actually is based on some real facts, reworked in an imaginative way. Let’s see if we can dig out the bones of truth here.

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NASA Orders Crewed Vehicle From SpaceX And Starts A New Space Race

There’s a new space race happening, much smaller in scope than the great US/USSR rivalry of the ‘60s, but one that still marks a huge milestone: the race to see who will be the first to launch a commercial crewed spacecraft. The race is now official as NASA has ordered a crewed mission from SpaceX as well as Boeing.

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You Can Now Watch The Last 11 Years Of Photos Taken Of Saturn And Its Moons 

You Can Now Watch The Last 11 Years Of Photos Taken Of Saturn And Its Moons 

If you’re like me and constantly wonder what cool things are happening out in space, you now have the chance to catch up on the past 11 years of goings on nearby Saturn. That’s right—11 years of imagery from Saturn and its moons.

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Martian Lawsuits And Super Soakers: The Weirdest Moments In NASA History

When your mission is to explore the realms beyond earth, sometimes things get weird. Really weird. Like, lawsuits over Mars and conspiracy-feeding video mistakes levels of weird. Welcome to the stranger side of NASA.

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Can You Use Your Farts To Propel Yourself In Zero Gravity?

It’s probably best if we all just come clean and admit that we’ve all thought about this at one time or another: if you were floating weightless, could you fart yourself into motion? I mean, your butt is basically just an integrated bio-ass rocket, right? As you’d expect, it’s more complex than you think, and real astronauts have tried it.

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