space travel

Russia reveals plans for new $50 billion space program

Russia reveals plans for new $50 billion space program

Watch out NASA, Russia is making a big effort to catch up with you in the fight for space travel supremacy. Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced the country's plan for a new space program that will cost around $50 billion over the course of seven years. The announcement comes on the anniversary of when the country (formerly the Soviet Union) put the first man in space.

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NASA to place an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

NASA to place an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

NASA will likely be funded $105 million for a new mission proposed by the Obama administration. President Obama will likely request the $105 million when he releases his federal budget request for 2014 next week. In the mission, NASA will seek out a 500-ton near-Earth asteroid (NEA) about 25-foot long, capture it, and drag it into orbit around the Moon. NASA will then send astronauts, via NASA's upcoming Orion capsule and Space Launch System rocket, to the asteroid in 2021 to study it and grab samples.

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Dark Matter detection suggested aboard ISS

Dark Matter detection suggested aboard ISS

Today a briefing was held at Europe's CERN laboratory which had experiment chief Samuel Ting of MIT announcing what may be the first official detection of dark matter. Ting is a Nobel-prize winning physicist and made it clear that though "more statistics" are going to be needed to be entirely certain of the results, theses findings are the most compelling evidence of dark matter yet.

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Saturn’s moon Titan reveals even more life-sustaining possibilities

Saturn’s moon Titan reveals even more life-sustaining possibilities

The moon known as Titan should ring a bell for you if you're interested in the possibility of life on planets other than our own. Saturn's yellow moon has been the subject of life-sustaining chatter for some time now, the most recent discovery about it having been found in an experiment done right here on Earth. Down at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, an experiment has been done that suggests life in a whole new region before suspected to be devoid of it.

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SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

Elon Musk discussed the design layout of SpaceX's next version of the Dragon spacecraft and it's definitely going to attract stares. The second version of Dragon will be designed to land on the ground rather than in the water like its predecessor. Because of all of the design changes, Musk states that the next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will look "like a real alien spaceship".

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Expedition 35 crew successfully docks to the International Space Station

Expedition 35 crew successfully docks to the International Space Station

Just a week or so after Expedition 34 left the International Space Station, a new set of crew members have joined the three already on board. Expedition 35 successfully docked to the International Space Station last night at 10:28 pm ET carrying one American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts. The Soyuz capsule launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at around 4:30 pm ET.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth: what’s in that 2,668 pounds of cargo?

SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth: what’s in that 2,668 pounds of cargo?

Today the SpaceX capsule that'd three weeks ago visited the International Space Station has splashed down into the Pacific Ocean. This trip was planned and executed precisely, with NASA's announcement of a landing (today) being issued back on the 22nd of this month. What we've got inside of this lovely machine is a set of science samples from the space station from areas of human research, biology and biotechnology studies, and physical science investigations, as well as education activities.

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Library of Congress to preserve first-ever audio message sent from space

Library of Congress to preserve first-ever audio message sent from space

The first-ever audio message that was sent from space occurred on December 19, 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower said, "America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere." The message was broadcast from the world's first communications satellite called the Project Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment (SCORE). Now, the Library of Congress will be preserving that audio message.

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