Space

Boeing X-37B orbital test vehicle touches down after third successful flight

Boeing X-37B orbital test vehicle touches down after third successful flight

Boeing is bragging that its X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has touched down at Vandenberg Air Force base to complete its third successful flight. We still have no idea exactly what the orbital test vehicle is being used for, but the spacecraft and its siblings are racking up some significant time spent in space. In March, another X-37B landed after spending 469 days in space. This time out, the X-37B spent 674 days in space.

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Mars One mission could fail terribly, says MIT students

Mars One mission could fail terribly, says MIT students

The world's interest in sending people to Mars has never been higher, and for good reason: it is cited as both a necessity for the human race, and the technology to pull it off is advancing quickly. Multiple entities are looking into sending people to the Red Planet, perhaps the most notable being Mars One, which is looking to send a group of astronauts on a one-way trip. Unfortunately, as exciting as the prospects are, a group of MIT students says the mission is doomed, and that with the current plan the astronauts would starve.

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Lumia 1020 provides the eyes for 3D-printed observatory

Lumia 1020 provides the eyes for 3D-printed observatory

If you've grown tired of the things you can do with your smartphone's camera, on land or even underwater (depending on your device), perhaps it's time to look to the stars, quite literally. Especially if you have a Lumia 1020, one of pre-Microsoft Nokia's most notable creations, sporting a massive 41 megapixel PureView camera. Although the rest of its specs are pretty dated by today's standards, the is still being put to good use in Ultrascope, the world's first 3D-printed robotic telescope.

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NASA to live chat during Wednesday’s lunar eclipse

NASA to live chat during Wednesday’s lunar eclipse

Every year brings interesting celestial phenomenon, things that have been happening for eons and that continue on regardless. One total lunar eclipse has already taken place this year, and it was grand; if you missed it, however, there's still hope -- this coming Wednesday morning will have the year's second total lunar eclipse take place, lasting for a few or so hours, depending on where you're located. To prepare for this, NASA has collected some relevant data that will, among other things, let you know if you can see it from your spot on the planet.

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Only from space could we spot thousands of underwater mountains

Only from space could we spot thousands of underwater mountains

Not for nothing is it said that we know more about the surface of the moon and nearby planets than we do about the ocean floor, and things have got a whole lot more interesting down there with the discovery of thousands of new deep sea mountains. The freshly-discovered ranges - which could add more than 25,000 known peaks on top of the roughly 5,000 we'd already identified - come as researchers increase the resolution of marine modeling using not submarines and robots but satellites instead.

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Behold: one chart, every sci-fi spaceship

Behold: one chart, every sci-fi spaceship

This week designer/artist Dirk Loechel has been tapped by the viral web for his massive chart collecting every ship in the sci-fi multiverse. For those of you looking for your favorite massive non-spaceship craft, the Death Star, stop looking: it’s not there. This chart collects every ship between 100 meters and 24,000 meters only.

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